Patrick Archbold is co-founder of Creative Minority Report, a Catholic website that puts a refreshing spin on the intersection of religion, culture, and politics. When not writing, Patrick is director of information technology at a large international logistics company in New York.
Living in an upside-down world (UDW) does take some getting used to.
In UDW, no rights are more vigorously defended than those recently manufactured from whole cloth. This, while rights granted directly from the creator, such as the right to live in UDW are revoked under the flimsiest of pretexts.
In UDW, tolerance is a bug-eyed and vein popping emotion rather than a calm and serene act of reason.
In UDW, not only can you have it both ways, somebody is legally bound to bake a cake for it.
In UDW, any kind of depravity is forgiven even absent repentance as long the culprit holds to fashionable views. But to have ever supported something currently unfashionable, even if in fashion at the time, represents the unforgivable sin.
In UDW, arrogant heterodoxy is considered mere eccentricity, but strident orthodoxy an intrinsic disorder.
In UDW, parents who choose to send their children to a religious school are piously outraged when those children encounter the actual teaching of said religion. For the sin of unpopular religion, the teacher of truth is attacked and ostracized, undefended by those actually responsible for teaching and safeguarding that same truth.
In UDW, no act of moral depravity can disqualify you from employment in a religious institution while any prior public support of morality is grounds for immediate dismissal from anywhere else.
In UDW, religion is merely a map that ought conform its paths to our own meanderings with our current location always marked as the destination and labeled "I'm a good person."
In UDW, pastoral means shepherds lead lost sheep to the wolves rather than risk uncomfortable bleats by critiquing their sense of direction.
In UDW, scientists spend billions of dollars searching for the 'God particle' and the 'echoes of creation' but exclude God, the Creator, from the search.
In UDW, we have empty Churches and presume an empty hell.
In UDW, it is best just to pray, stay put, and trust that the Good Lord will put things right-side up in His own good time.