The Argument Against Fads.

Vic Biorseth, Friday, May 08, 2009
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Changes in fashion of dress, speech, public comportment and so forth, particularly when radical or pronounced, are in essence a breaking away or a rebellion against some tradition. Youth, especially, tend to oppose traditions as traditions are increasingly introduced into their lives, and as they increasingly feel constrained by traditions. Opposing tradition, or, misbehaving, is overlooked by adults in little children; but as the child grows and matures, misbehavior is becomes less and less tolerated, and the child either adapts to and adopts the traditions, or rebels against some or all of them.

Fads of fashion.

Changes in behavior to be outside the norm are seen as aberrations in individuals. However, if more than one individual opposes the norm in the same manner, it may be the beginning of a fad, which, if it gains much popularity, may eventually become the new norm. Although this sort of thing is not always bad, it is most frequently not good. We can argue about whether the way we dress today is better than the way they dressed in the French court of Lous XVI or not, with good arguments on both sides; I happen to prefer the fashions that followed that particular fad-become-tradition.

French style and fashion had by that time reached the point where many gentlemen were prettier than the ladies, with their elaborate powdered wigs, elaborate and enormous hats, silk and lace and frilly things, including even facial makeup and perfumes. The successful “rebellion” against all of that brought about the style and fashion of the so-called Dandy, who cast off the powdered wig and all the ruffles and makeup and tights for the more modern “trousers” and suites of clothes that would look more familiar to us today, although not quite the same. It was a move in the right direction, in my opinion.

Women’s styles of the era, of course, were even wilder than those of the men, with the enormous whooped skirts, giant mounds of petty-coats, giant hair-dos and/or wigs, giant hats, incredibly tightly cinched corsets that often caused ladies to easily feint, simply because they could not properly breath deeply enough when tightly bound up in such a strange manner. One wonders how they could even eat anything.

Basically, such fashions and fads most usually come about not so much by any reasoned thought as by mindless, lemming-like herd instinct. Somebody, whether as a rebel or not, dresses or acts or speaks in a manner outside the norm, somebody else thinks that’s cool, and imitates that person. Somebody among those first copy-cats may be a real rebel, but for the most part, all others are, in essence, conformists to this new norm, which is or soon comes to be seen as avant-garde, new, hip, cool or whatever the “with-it” verbiage of the era describes as the latest thing. Generally speaking, those who are always seeking the latest thing are either rebels against existing tradition, or people who hope to be social trend-setters.

When I was a boy, we were all trying to comb our hair like James Dean or Elvis, and all the girls were wearing Bobbie-socks, saddle-oxfords and poodle skirts. It was pretty mindless, looking back on it. Most parents were pretty upset about it and saw us as rebelling against something or other; what we were actually doing was conforming, and trying to look cool. Maybe James Dean and Elvis were rebelling, but we were just conforming to the new look. Our teen idols were popular, and we just wanted to be popular like them.

That is the nature of the fad; mindless, herd instinct and conformity to a new norm.

I look around today and I’m glad I’m not a kid any more.

The in thing seems to be the prison-look, and the gangster-look, in which there is no particular part of one’s anatomy not subject to being wildly and grotesquely tattooed. Barbed wire tattooed around the neck is popular, along with tattooed tears and other “art work” on people’s faces. Piercings everywhere visible; multiple ear studs and rings and dingle-dangles, eyebrow rings, lip rings, and all sorts of booger-collector nose rings and studs and ornaments of various description. Some people look like a veritable Christmas tree. Chartreuse or day-glow orange hair, or some other wild color, all spiked up with some kind of wax or grease, maybe in a Mohawk style, or in huge filthy looking dreadlocks.

It gets worse. Clothing that is grossly over-sized for the wearer. Sleeves hanging down far below finger tips; pant cuffs dragging on the ground after covering shoes, if shoes are worn. Hats so large the person has to tip his head back to see out from under it. If there is a sun visor on the hat, it will be oriented on the head somewhere other than where it would be useful as a sun visor. Multiple, huge, great, very flashy golden (or imitation gold) chains around necks, sometimes supporting enormous gold crosses or other glittery jewelry. Some of these people look like little kids standing in a clothes hamper with piles of laundry all over them. A mound of laundry with a kid under it.

It gets worse yet. Boys fasten – or constantly hold with one hand – their pants below their butts. They’re not even smart enough to pull up their pants, or to know what a pair of outer pants is for. Some of them wear wildly colored under shorts that they want the world to see, so they keep their outer pants down below their butts to show their underwear off. Others just like to show the world their bare asses. Which, in some cases, might look better than their faces; however, most of us would prefer to not have to look at this in public. It’s not just kids; I have seen grown men displaying their asses in public in this manner.

Now, before you write this off as stupidity, it must be pointed out that stupidity is only a part of it. Yes, they’re not smart enough to pull up their pants. However, they are conforming to what they perceive to be a social norm, for their culture, or counter-culture. That is the nature of a fad. For the most part, participants are unthinking, lemming-like followers of the latest trend. It is very important to them that they appear to others to be “in” and “cool” and “popular’. Appearances are everything.

Fads of intellect.

So – what we have discussed so far are fads having to do, mostly, with public appearance, and with public comportment, and that which is known as public style and fashion. But, there are other fads that are considerably more dangerous, because they are fads regarding philosophy, or ways of thinking, and even ways of ordering ones life, and even of ways of ordering society. These are subjects that ought not to be subject to the randomness or temporary whimsy of any mere fad.

Now, the traditional way of ordering one’s mind, and of ordering one’s family, and of the correct ordering of one’s society, in Western Civilization, involves adherence to the values and principles that come out of Western Culture’s Ethos. This Western ethos is built upon the religious tenets of Judeo-Christianity, which provide the Western traditional sense of being able to tell right from wrong. At the individual level, this sense of right and wrong forms the conscience of the properly raised citizen. At the collective level, this same sense of right and wrong forms the ethos and the guiding principles of the larger culture. Indeed, it even forms the basis for civil law.

There are three major philosophical fads that have infected Western thinking to the point of blurring the Western sense of what’s right and what’s wrong in human behavior.

We have seen in the Darwinism Refuted argument that there is no scientific basis for Darwin’s theory regarding the evolution of species, and that it cannot stand on its own scientific evidence, because it has none and there is none. Even the brief Definition of Darwinism shows that all it ever had was the original “observations” that had nothing to do with the origin or evolution of any new species. You can see the details in the Darwinism page itself. Yet, today, most of the world embraces Darwinism as if it had actually been proven by someone.

Darwinism is a fad, nothing more and nothing less. The only difference between the Darwinism fad and the pants-below-the-ass fad is that the Darwinism fad was originally popularized by the pseudo-sophisticates among the elite intellectuals and so-called intelligentsia of the day rather than among the unthinking youth of the day.

Now, before you write this off as stupidity, it must be pointed out that stupidity is only a part of it. Yes, they’re not smart enough to demand evidences and apply critical thinking to it. However, they are conforming to what they perceive to be a social norm, for their culture, or counter-culture. That is the nature of a fad. For the most part, participants are unthinking, lemming-like followers of the latest trend. It is very important to them that they appear to others to be “in” and “cool” and “popular’. Appearances are everything.

It is not real science, but rather consensus, and “in-crowd inclusion” that motivates all of TTRSTF4 who publicly embrace the scientistic nonsense of Darwinism.

We have seen in the Freudianism Refuted argument that there is no scientific basis for Freud’s theory regarding the repressed memory and the subconscious mind, and that it cannot stand on its own scientific evidence, because it has none and there is none. Even the brief Definition of Freudianism shows that all it ever had was the original “observations” of Freud that could not ever be duplicated and thus had nothing to do with any definitive rules of human behavior. You can see the details in the Freudianism page itself. Yet, today, most of the world embraces Freudianism as if it had actually been proven by someone.

Freudianism is a fad, nothing more and nothing less. The only difference between the Freudianism fad and the pants-below-the-ass fad is that the Freudianism fad was originally popularized by the pseudo-sophisticates among the elite intellectuals and so-called intelligentsia of the day rather than among the unthinking youth of the day.

Now, before you write this off as stupidity, it must be pointed out that stupidity is only a part of it. Yes, they’re not smart enough to demand evidences and apply critical thinking to it. However, they are conforming to what they perceive to be a social norm, for their culture, or counter-culture. That is the nature of a fad. For the most part, participants are unthinking, lemming-like followers of the latest trend. It is very important to them that they appear to others to be “in” and “cool” and “popular’. Appearances are everything.

It is not real science, but rather consensus, and “in-crowd inclusion” that motivates all of TTRSTF4 who publicly embrace the scientistic nonsense of Freudianism.

We have seen in the Marxism Refuted argument that there is no scientific basis for Marx’s theory regarding the evolution of cultures, and that it cannot stand on its own scientific evidence, because it has none and there is none. Even the brief Definition of Marxism shows that all it ever had was the original “observations” that had nothing to do with the natural evolution of any new culture. You can see the details in the Marxism page itself. Yet, today, most of the world embraces Marxism as if it had actually been proven by someone.

Marxism is a fad, nothing more and nothing less. The only difference between the Marxism fad and the pants-below-the-ass fad is that the Marxism fad was originally popularized by the pseudo-sophisticates among the elite intellectuals and so-called intelligentsia of the day rather than among the unthinking youth of the day.

Now, before you write this off as stupidity, it must be pointed out that stupidity is only a part of it. Yes, they’re not smart enough to demand evidences and apply critical thinking to it. However, they are conforming to what they perceive to be a social norm, for their culture, or counter-culture. That is the nature of a fad. For the most part, participants are unthinking, lemming-like followers of the latest trend. It is very important to them that they appear to others to be “in” and “cool” and “popular’. Appearances are everything.

It is not real science, but rather consensus, and “in-crowd inclusion” that motivates all of TTRSTF4 who publicly embrace the scientistic nonsense of Marxism.

Effects on society.

The three major “intellectual” fads have had a devastating effect on the morality and social norms of Western culture. Darwinism provided a platform for militant atheism and secularism aimed at the religious cleansing of Western culture. Freudianism provided a platform for the promotion of the notion that man needs to loose his inhibitions, which includes his sense of sin and sinfulness, in order to free himself from any sense of guilt and live for joy and pleasure alone. Marxism provided a platform for teaching the fallacy that culture and man himself can be perfected by a social process, the end result of which will be worldly perfection – utopia – man-made heaven here on earth.

The proper sense of right and wrong is just about gone among the intelligentsia today. And it is weakening among the common citizenry.

Due to this fad-driven infection of Western thought, we have had our great sexual revolution and are now living with the consequences. We have seen Western adoption of artificial contraception and even abortion under the guise of pro women’s choice as another contraceptive method. We have seen the advance of the Homo Nazi Movement drive to normalize and mainstream homosexuality everywhere. And now we are seeing, in Obama, the government declaring the irreligious nature of America and taking charge of every aspect of formerly private enterprises.

America, like Europe who has gone before her, is now sinking into irreligion, hedonism, nihilism and social dependency. We begin to take on the trappings of a pagan culture rather than a Christian one. Just saying that a sin is a sin becomes a great social transgression, even a hate crime. Absolute intolerance is expressed at any Judeo-Christian expression or recognition of old fashioned right versus wrong. And this is coming from the top down, not from the bottom up. The lower the class of the citizen, the more likely they are to still know right from wrong and to be able to exercise simple common sense.

We have got to turn this situation around.

st, we need to recognize a fad for what it is:

a baseless popular social decoration.

Then we need to begin to return to basics, one man at a time.

Turn your face back to God, and pray for America.

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Date: Sun May 10 07:32:20 2009
From: Vic Biorseth
Comment:

Further Thoughts:

Look at the place passing fads without substance have brought us.

Today we have, in my opinion, an unrepresentative government that gained control through subterfuge and trickery. It was a gradual process in the making for years, for multiple generations. The lies of the world have now permeated our society to such a degree that we have lost sight of our founding principles and values, and we have begun to worship the world in place of God.

We have a pro-abortion government presiding over an anti-abortion populace, and we are to be denied the opportunity to prove that via the national ballot.

We have a pro-sodomy government presiding over an anti-sodomy populace, and we are to be denied the opportunity to prove that via the national ballot.

Anti-Christian rules are snuck into law via the unrepresentative regulation, court adjudication and sneaky line-item routes.

Government educators undo the Christian values we teach our children in our homes. Put copies of “Heather has two mommies,” “Daddy’s new roommate” and the Holy Bible in a public school library and see which one is censored and which ones are blessed.

Government and public intolerance of the Christian point of view is total; saying that sin is sin is “homophobic” or even hate speech. We are not allowed to express the Christian viewpoint in public without being attacked. Opposing abortion gets us labeled as terrorists. We are pilloried in the media and on stage, by comics and commentators, by politicians and even our own supposedly representative sitting government.

Yet we Christians are called to speak out against it. Not only me, but you, too. In the face of all opposition, we are called to be soldiers of Christ.

"Blessed are you when men hate you, and when they exclude you and revile you, and cast out your name as evil, on account of the Son of man! Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets.

Luke 6:22-23

The question before you regards whether you are pagan, Jew or Christian, and whether your life is to be guided by pagan values or Judeo-Christian ones. And, whether you are to continue in the tradition of Representative Government, or not.

Get off your butt and speak up. Make a difference in this kingdom and enjoy your reward in the next.

Regards,

Vic


Date: Sun Apr 22 01:19:35 2012
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So you'll accept that a fad is social decoration and can take many forms beyond clothing. People are reacting to their environment, and its basically part of the culture. But you won’t accept that religion is basically the same thing.... Its something you're taught, and its something within your environment, and its something present in the culture, and it's just as 'baseless' as baggy pants. Someone can wear baggy pants to be accepted within the herd, just as they can believe everything a certain religion says, so they can be accepted within their family, friends, or church members.


Date: Sun Apr 22 06:47:43 2012
From: Vic Biorseth
Comment:

Fads:

No, not quite. On a moving ship, man needs a sure peg in a fixed place to keep his balance and proper sense of direction, lest he be lost. The surest of all pegs is true religion. No matter what else changes or catches the fancy of man, the Gospel does not change. The Commandments do not change. The theological virtues and the cardinal virtues do not change. The capital sins do not change. Morality does not change. When they do change, or when man’s perception of them changes, it is the bound duty of good clerics to work to turn the ship back on course.

At a lower level, in freedom-blessed America, where we all enjoy some degree of freedom in our life choices, man still needs some fixed peg to keep his national sense of direction, and that would be the simple English words recorded in the Declaration and the Constitution. The founding principles do not change, and the Constitutional principles do not change. When they do change, or man’s perception of them changes, it is the bound duty of good American citizens to work to turn the ship back on course.

If you want to walk around with your pants hanging below your ass, go ahead; just don’t expect universal acceptance in all areas of work, leisure and recreation. That sort of thing is always going to be unacceptable in most quarters, so either get used to rejection and live with it, or just pull your pants up.

Regards,

Vic


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Faith, from the Easter series on the Three Theological Virtues. The virtue of Faith; One of the Seven Heavenly Virtues.

Hope, from the Easter series on the Three Theological Virtues. The virtue of Hope; One of the Seven Heavenly Virtues.

Love, from the Easter series on the Three Theological Virtues. The virtue of Love; One of the Seven Heavenly Virtues.

Prudence, from the Lenten series on the Four Cardinal Virtues. The virtue of Prudence; One of the Seven Heavenly Virtues.

Justice, from the Lenten series on the Four Cardinal Virtues. The virtue of Justice; One of the Seven Heavenly Virtues.

Temperance and Fortitude, from the Lenten series on the Four Cardinal Virtues. The virtues of Temperance and Fortitude; Two of the Seven Heavenly Virtues.

On the word Consubstantial, the Trinity and Infinity. On the Consubstantial (Single Substance) of God, and the mathematically impossible number of Infinity.

The challenge describes Capitalism as illusory and Marxism as solid. The mixture of religion just adds to the confusion of all good realists.

The Obama Ethos: Who is Barack Obama? What is his grounding, his ethos? The Obama Ethos explores Obama's grounds of being; his religious, moral and political guiding principles.

Obama the Moslem: Introducing Comrade Obama (peace be upon him.) Obama the Moslem: anti-Catholic; anti-Chrisitan; anti-Jew; anti-American.

Freedom, yes – but from whom, and to do what? Is freedom from God enslavement to the world? Is freedom from the world enslavement to God? Which is better?

The Room: Born of that still inner voice. A story about a small church pastor who erects a small room to serve as a mediation room for his parishioners.  

Are Catholics Saved, by having been Born Again? The theology of salvation: Catholic vs. Protestant.

Love thy neighbor as thyself: the Law in One Sentence. Can one simple sentence contain the whole of the moral Law of God?

The Catholic call is universal; it goes out to everyone. Although the Catholic call goes out to all, man’s free will means that all will not respond.

God’s Perfect Unconditional Love meets man’s Free Will. Perfect Unconditional Love can be rejected. Liberty and free choice may be a blessing or a curse.

Of Weeds and Wheat growing together, and the eventual separation. - Weeds and wheat in the field differs from in human kind, where either one can become the other.

Why Should I Believe in God? - an article by Eugene Rudder.

On Losing You - a poem by Rosemarie A. Stone.

Our Beautiful Love - a poem by Rosemarie A. Stone.

Catholic Communism: Similarities between Church Hierarchy and Pure Bureaucracy. Mises said that Communism equals Bureaucracy; the Church is a bureaucracy, therefore we have Catholic Communism. True?

The Source of Anxiety: Improper Priorities. Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.

“I, Pencil … ”; Capitalism in a Nutshell. Leonard E. Read

Endless Concessions to the Palestinians Pamela Levene

The Peace Treaty Sajid Ali Khan

Leftist Politics in Catholic Mass Mark Brumbaugh

The USCCB Flip-Flop Mark Brumbaugh

Open Letter to Daniel Cardinal DiNardo Mark Brumbaugh

Truth Versus Evil

The End Of The Age

Authority Meets Truth

The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world

The Little Red Hen

Of Sheep And Men

The Gift Bearers Michael from Florida

Dear Vic And Others ... John Felland

The Church Is Rotten To The Core Michelle Lobdell

Hatred of Palin Janet Morana

Proper Catechesis Susan Greve

Who is Barack Obama? Pastor Robert Legg Greve

Limited War Doctrine Colonel Thomas Snodgrass

Rabbi Meir Kahane's Letter Rabbi Meir Kahane, OBM

Solzhenitsyn Speaks Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn addresses the AFL/CIO.

Jefferson Speaks (Declaration of Independence)

The American Constitution (American Founding Fathers)

American Democrat Party Platform Karl Marx and Frederick Engles

Marxist Fundamentals Prof. Libor Brom

Re The Sin Of Scandal Phil Lange

Re Sydney Airport Security Ahmed

Marxist Infiltration into Catholic Thought Nancy Libert

New "race and racism" thread begun by Stephen from VT. On race and racism: the ever changing definition and generic usage of the word "racism."

The Bush War Doctrine Revisited: a fresh look at our horrible situation. A reproduction of the "Bush War Doctrine Revisited" article and discussion points by David Yerushalmi; there is much food for thought here.

Resignation of Benedict XVI and the Immediate Media Firestorm. The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and Rev. Marcel Guarnizo's interview with the author that caused the international media frenzy.

The Jewish Shabbat. Description of Jewish Shabbat (Sabbath) from my Holy Land item supplier.

Kerry's Lies: The Old, Vietnam-Era Anti-War Chickens are Comming Home to Roost. POW Lawsuit Could Force Kerry To Come Clean - by George "Bud" Day, Chairman, Vietnam Veterans Legacy Foundation.

Just Laws for a Godly Nation. Many nations today still lack a core of just laws for a Godly nation.

What does the World Wildlife Fund have to do with World Youth Day? An unholy alliance between the Leftist WWF and the Vatican?

False Flag: Serious-minded fiction creating a better understanding of 9/11. Can serious-minded fiction play a role in creating a better understanding of critical contemporary social/political issues like 9/11?

Bringing the Liturgy Back to the Real Vatican II. Cardinal Burke Comments on Sacra Liturgia Conference

Layman letter to all bishops. Letter to Bishops from Mariann / Mary's Child

Fetal-Microchimerism gives new meaning to the bonding of Motherhood.  How the unborn child blesses the mother and physically changes her, for the rest of her life.

Ars celebrandi et adorandi - Pastoral Letter from Bishop Thomas John Paprocki. With Ars celebrandi et adorandi, all Springfield IL Catholic Parishes move Jesus back to the center of life!  YES!

To be, or not no be lukewarm; that is the question. Whether tis nobler to fight the good fight, or just smile and be nice ...

Technology: a Two Edged Sword. Technology can be used for good, or for evil.

More American Imperial Edicts Issuing Forth out of Obamunism. Archbishop Schnurr joins Rick Santorum in identifying American Imperial Edicts from this administration.

Benedict XVI's Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum; Apostolic letter on 1962 Rite.
The Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum confirms the 1962 Latin Rite as the 'Extraordinary' Roman Liturgical Rite.

The Pope's Letter to Bishops on Summorum Pontificum.  Benedict XVI's Letter to Bishops on Summorum Pontificum issued the same day as the Motu Proprio.

The Explanatory Note on Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum.  An 'Explanatory Note on Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum' issued by the Vatican.

A concerned Catholic spotlights Catholic funded Alinsky organizations. The Alinskyite Gamaliel Foundation underpins multiple Catholic funded Alinsky organizations.

From Shane Leslie Mattison, whose father was Elden Mattison Woolliams. Annecdotes from Shane Leslie Mattison.

Atheist Genesis:

In the beginning there was nothing, and nothing happened to nothing.
And then nothing accidentally exploded and created everything.
And then some bits of everything accidentally encountered other bits of everything and formed some new kinds of everything.
And then some bits of everything accidentally arranged themselves into self-replicating bits of everything.
And then some self-replicating bits of everything accidentally arranged themselves into dinosaurs.
See?

(See The Darwinism Pages)

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