Matt Archbold graduated from Saint Joseph’s University in 1995. He is a former journalist who left the newspaper business to raise his five children. He writes for the Creative Minority Report.
You ready for the cringeworthy headline of the day: "Holocaust Museum to visitors: Please stop catching Pokémon here." #21stcenturyproblems
The problem isn't the Pokémon people making millions of dollars. The problem isn't even people enjoying a game. The real problem here is that nobody understands that there's a time and place for things anymore. Let's face it, very few people even teach their children about time and place anymore. Think about it. Enough people walked into the Holocaust museum in search of Pokémon that they needed to put up a sign.
Nowadays, "But I want it" is a hedonistic permission slip. We are all so up in our own heads and our own subjective "truths" that nothing we choose not to recognize has any demand on us. More to the point, no one has any demand on us.
Last year, I was at Mass when someone's phone started ringing. Look, it happens. It does. Sometimes people forget to turn it off. So there was some general looking around by everyone and smirking while everyone waited for someone to turn off the ringing phone. And then guess what happened. A young girl of about 14 years of age picked up her phone and...ANSWERED IT! Yeah, she did the half whisper thing but she didn't even run out. She talked for a full minute. It was unbelievable.
Time and place.
I think to recognize "time and place" you have to recognize others and the duty you owe them. And that's not a popular idea. I think it has something to do with humility. We teach children that they can change the world but we don't tell them that they should learn from the world. The assumption is that they know best and the world just has to catch up to their wonderful imagination. We don't socialize our children. We expect society to adapt to our children.
We teach our children that 1st place and 5th place are similarly deserving of a trophy. We teach them that Shakespeare is no better or no worse than any other author who ever took quill to parchment.
You can see how the media talks about polls which show that young people believe a certain thing and it's only a matter of time before that's the norm. While that might or might not be true, can we please remember that young people don't have the experience that older people have so while it may become the norm it doesn't make it right or smart. The working assumption, however, is that older people are mired in prejudice and "the old ways." But the young people are seeing things fresh and new. And new is always better because...progress.
I think young people don't join churches as much anymore precisely because they believe in themselves so fervently. I mean it. They might believe in a God but if that God always agrees with them you're your own God. Why do you need to go to Church when the object of your worship is already sitting on your couch looking back at you in the reflection of your HDTV.
I truly believe the self-esteem movement has done more damage to this country then we can quantify. It takes humility to recognize something greater than yourself. And that seems to be in short supply.
Look how cavalierly we tossed out the institution of marriage. We hardly considered the consequences of changing the definition of family, the bedrock of our society. We just assumed that every single generation that came before us had it all wrong and that we were "on the right side of history."
Now, we have our crosshairs on gender. The idea that what we call ourselves trumps objective reality is a civilizational calamity with consequences we can't even imagine yet. A culture not rooted in objective reality will not long stand.
Pray. Pray not just for the fate of our country but pray for all the people misled by this soul-twisting ideology.