It is all about control. It is amazing just how much we try to control in our lives. Control is one of those elusive things that once we have it, we fear losing it or letting it slip away. The very word “control” denotes the action of taking charge or directing another. It seems that we all have a desire to control. As much as we desire to have control, we also have this desire for freedom and independence. It is a funny paradox. We all want control and at the same time, we all want freedom.
Our nation was founded on the struggle between control and freedom. The Pilgrims nearly starved trying to control the local economy with collective farming. It was only after they relinquished control and embraced the free market that they began to prosper. Later the Colonies rebelled against the King of England for control of the country. Read the Declaration of Independence and you read a document about control.
Our nation has continued to be a story of the struggle of control. We struggled to control territory, water rights, artificial lines of demarcation, and even the destiny and freedom of a whole race of people. As a nation, we sometimes get things wrong. But as a people, we often get things right.
In sports we are taught to control the ball or to control the shot. When things don’t go the way that they should, we are often told that a player has lost control. Sports figures who have melt downs lose control and often have to incur some sort of penalty.
Modern liberalism was a movement that began with the desire to be free to control your own life. Feminists demanded control over their own bodies. The entire Academic Freedom and Tenure movement in the modern university was one of freedom to explore all avenues of truth without the control of the government. Now liberalism has morphed into a totalitarian exertion of control by a new ruling class. Freedom of though is only free if it agrees with conventional wisdom. Free speech must be limited to so called “free speech zones” on colleges and universities. People are free to do with their bodies whatever they want, just as long as you don’t put a cigarette in it. While I am a non-smoker who cannot stand the smell of this disgusting habit, I think it is ironic that liberals want you to have the freedom to smoke any flavor wacky weed that you want, but not a commercially available product, grown on farms that contribute to our economy.
I took up shooting and guns as a hobby a couple of years ago. I love it. I am a firm believer in gun control. You need to keep both hands on the weapon at all times and your finger off the trigger until you are ready to fire. That is real gun control. Now the government, in violation of the 2nd Amendment seeks to tell us what types of fire arms that we can and cannot own. It seeks to tell us how many rounds can be in them as well. Without the judicious use firearms, we would never have broken free from the control of the British Empire. The desire to control what is in our closet and gun safe is another example of the government wanting to control every aspect of our life. I guess the thought is that if the government can control the type of light bulb in your lamp and how much water is used to flush your toilet, then the government can tell us how many guns and what type of ammo we can have.
Freedom of thought has been replaced with political correctness. Now you must think our way and believe our way, or you will lose your job. I live and work in the buckle of the Bible Belt just outside of Dallas. There are probably more evangelical churches per square foot in this little county than any place in the country. There is almost a church on every corner. Yet, with all of this “Christianity” surrounding us, I wonder what would happen if a public school teacher were stand in a local high school and proclaim that marriage is between a man and a woman, exclusively. I wonder what would happen to that teacher. I am confident that said teacher would be counseled about stating their particular religious and political views in class. I am equally confident that said teacher would lose their job if it happened more than once. You see, it is all about control. People are afraid of losing control so they cave into the least common denominator in society in order to preserve control. By the way, homosexual marriage is still illegal in Texas. So a teacher could potentially lose their job for being in agreement with state law and stating so. Now that is real control.
My wife tells me that I am too controlling. She says that I make decisions for her and the family without consulting her. She is correct. I do this with great regularity. Now my wife loves me, of this I am sure. She wants me in charge, but like most people, can’t help trying to take control from time to time. She is a back seat driver. I am an impulsive decision maker. We each share blame when it comes to controlling the other. About the only thing that we agree upon, is our desire to control every aspect of our daughter’s life.
Churches often have trouble when it comes to control. I have seen churches that were run by pastoral dictators who try to control every aspect of the church and the members. This cult-like desire to control is frightening! Other churches that I have seen have the deacons in control. I like the type of church where God is in control.
One of the greatest things that has come along in recent days is the internet. On the information superhighway there is freedom. We can post goofy pictures of our feet, or the food that we are eating. We can share all aspects of our vacation with others and even post videos of cats doing cat stuff. Now, the government comes along and wants….wait for it…. CONTROL!!!