Let’s be more judgemental
It is always fascinating to see how modern Western man and modern Western woman obsess about not being judgemental when what they really mean is that their opponents should not say anything critical about the more sensitive issues of the day. Fine, for example, to say the most acid things about a conservative or a Christian, but terribly “judgement” to utter even a mildly critical word about a liberal or a Muslim or subjects such as decadence.
So our rallying cry should be quite simple and straightforward. Be more judgemental. Yes, in the name of all that is good and holy and right and precious, be more judgemental. Now, let’s sort out our definitions here. Don’t preach one thing and do another because that would be dishonest. Don’t condemn that of which we are also guilty, because that would be hypocritical. Don’t look to judge when we can do otherwise.
But call a sin a sin and a crime a crime and never confuse morality with manners and compassion with sentimentality. Always understand the context and circumstances, always forgive if someone is genuinely sorry and always try to see the positive. But do not hold back from expressing the truth.
Nowhere is this more obvious than in the area of sex and sexuality. We’re told that we should now call prostitutes “sex-trade workers” and strippers “exotic dancers.”But they’re not. They’re prostitutes and strippers. And “Johns”are fornicators.
We use the real, genuine descriptions not to degrade women who sell their bodies and remove their clothes for money, but to degrade and denounce the professions themselves. A prostitute may or may not be a good and fine woman, but she is behaving in a manner that is certainly not good and fine. It is only applied common sense. Ask someone who insists on using the new vocabulary if they would be happy to see their daughter become a “sex trade worker”or rejoice at the “exotic dancing”activities of their sister. Suddenly, the diluted dictionary loses its plastic wrapping and appears in all of its genuine horror.
This cult of the euphemism is like a disease. It sickens our understanding, it weakens our defences, it upsets our sense of truth. And if anyone thinks that words don’t really matter, they’re not only foolish, but they clearly wouldn’t object to having their mother called a filthy name.
We wouldn’t, for example, suddenly call a torturer a pain operative or, more pertinent perhaps, describe a pimp as a sex enabler. The whole nonsense applies to others areas of course. Military organizations have for some time now tried to expunge the more violent words from their lexicon and use less obviously bloody and absolute terms. Phrases such as “neutralize opposition”and “extreme force”have replaced “killing the enemy”and “shooting people.”
But it’s generally in the moral areas that this is a problem, where words are vital and can be used as weapons. Which is precisely why the liberal elites are trying to change what we call those who sell and cheapen sexuality as if it were a mere commodity. Sex is more important than that. It is the loving and life-giving expression of care, pleasure and empathy for another person and not some vulgar physical spasm.
Okay, so maybe you’re still with me. Let’s see if you stay. Marriage is not living together and a common-law marriage may be common, but it’s not a marriage. It goes without saying that, while homosexual couples may be happy and loving, they can never be married in spite of what politicians and legal zealots try to tell us.
Still with me? Right. If you tell lies, you’re a liar. If you steal, you’re a thief. If you betray your spouse, you’re an adulterer. If you use drugs for fun, you’re pathetic. If you believe in unjust wars, you’re a coward and a bully.
If you support abortion, you believe in killing unborn children. If you’re indifferent to the poor and the Third World, you’re a selfish wretch. Still there? Doesn’t matter. Choice is good and noble, but choosing to kill is not choice at all, but murder. A woman has the freedom to choose to do almost anything she wants with her body, but not the freedom to choose what she does to someone else – be it her friend, her husband, her enemy or the baby in her womb.
Just as words were changed and perverted so as to dehumanize racial minorities and persecute and kill them, today words are used to demonize opponents and lessen the dreadfulness of various actions in our society. Leading to indescribable suffering. Any attempt to legitimize what is by nature illegitimate does not make us a more fair society, but merely a less honest one. We need a restoration of stigma. We need to reintroduce the concept of sin. We need to become more judgemental.
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