Jun 19, 2012
The Ouroboros or is an ancient symbol depicting a serpent or dragon eating its own tail. It is often used to represent repeated cycles. The philosopher Plato gave a very interesting interpretation of the creature. He stated :
“…The living being had no need of eyes when there was nothing remaining outside him to be seen; nor of ears when there was nothing to be heard; and there was no surrounding atmosphere to be breathed; nor would there have been any use of organs by the help of which he might receive his food or get rid of what he had already digested, since there was nothing which went from him or came into him: for there was nothing beside him…. his own waste providing his own food, and all that he did or suffered taking place in and by himself…” (Timaeus)
One can’t help thinking of an individual who is so incapable of self reflection, so caught up in their own world view, that they choose to follow a path of self destruction despite all evidence to the bankruptcy of their ideology. As Albert Einstein stated: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
Most of you reading this no doubt have decided to leave the LDS Church despite all that you have learned regarding the cultural blessing that come from participating in its teachings. You have learned this either through personal experience or observation. Whatever supposed reasons you may have for doing this the after effects of this decision often result in the embracing of deviant cultures and a liberal world view. Sadly not as much thought is given to the correctness of this choice, partly because there is no way to accurately study a world view that has no base or foundation. By shaking off what you now have newly viewed as moral and social restraints you cry out “Let’s celebrate diversity!” and “Let’s question authority!”. A change in your life can be good or bad, but these changes are not always good. I feel that a lot of liberals want change just for the sake of change. Because thy feel traditions and rules are outdated, unfounded, or just plain too hard and not worth the effort.
In truth what everyone wants is to be happy. If someone is leaving the Church they are doing so because they feel that it will ultimately make them more happy than they currently are. If others are staying in the Church it is because they think staying in it will result in the most happiness for themselves, for spiritual reasons in most cases, for social reasons in the case of a few who have lost their faith but want to maintain social relations. The question then is what is so great about a liberal world view? Is it the loss of guilt? The supposed freedom to act on impulse? In regards to a religious and conservative world view happiness is acheived by having a strong foundation of orderly behavior held in place by moral restraint. As Edmund Burke said, “The restraints on men, as well as their liberties, are to be reckoned among their rights.” The understanding being that a society is only as strong as the behavior restraints of its individual members. A great society in fact needs no policing because its individual members do what is right by their nature, not by fear of punishment.
This is where the ultimate arguement arises. Without the solid foundation that a strong faith used to provide one has to question where a moral foundation can now find a foothold in this new worlview? The answer is that you can’t. A liberal mind in fact has no other outcome on a society than social entropy. The foundation is so bankrupt of substance that often in order to find meaning it has to redefine words. Take for example the term “victim”. A liberal and atheist mind will complain that they have been denied rights common to everyone, such as marriage for homosexuals, or the right to own a home despite not being able to afford one. Neither of these things has ever been a right, but that does not matter to someone with a corrupt worldview that strives to rebel against something. A corrupt mind will create a dragon to slay if there is not a real one.
In truth it is the religious individual who becomes the real victim in these exchanges. A liberal mind often fails to realize this but religious conservatives are often the ones who end up losing something of REAL value, whether it be a loss of income through increased taxation to pay for more “entitlement” programs, or the more ethereal former possession of religious standards in a community. The chief aim of a religious conservative is not preservation but recovery and restoration. Because usually the losses in modern times are recent the religious can honestly say that their goals are practical and achievable. They merely seek to regain what is theirs; the fact that they once had it suggests they are capable of possessing it again. Whereas the liberal’s program of redistribution of money or values raises the question of whether its beneficiaries are truly prepared to wield the powers they seek, the religious conservative striving for restoration suffers from no such challenge. Unlike the revolutionary the religious conservative asks his followers to do more of what they have always done.
An atheist liberal mind is in fact on the losing side of both reason and history. They will play up the moral revolution of the 1960′s but fail to report the devastating results of its wake, they will claim the argument that mankind is so morally weak that no one can be expected to abstain from whatever pleasure they are attracted to. In truth disobedience to the Godly laws you grew up with put’s limits on your future happiness. To retread the disastrous steps of the vulgar people of the past merely results in temporary pleasures and not true happiness. A liberal lifestyle only results in pleasure until the money is gone that insured a parachute to the evil choices one makes. True happiness is found in a large family group that encourages righteous behavior and is there for you when the chaos of everyday life occasionally, temporarily, tears down what you have strove to build up.
Our lives do in fact have a meaning and a purpose that is not to be found in chasing after the tail of the world only to consume the defecation of its failures. It matters what we believe, it matters what we think, it matters what we say, and it matters what we do. Because these things matter so much, the Lord has blessed us with the truth. We do not have the answers to all questions, but we do have the answers to essential questions. Many of those answers can be found in the Proclamation on the Family, issued by 15 prophets, seers, and revelators who understood the truth and have taught it effectively. If you have lost sight of these things, seek after them again, find your faith again, restore the peace and the light that was once yours. Allow the Holy Ghost to fill up that space inside you that is now empty. You had it once, reclaim it.