The Price of Fidelity

Unfortunately, I’ve recently heard from a couple of readers of this blog who are dealing with a similar situation portrayed in this video. I can’t think of a single example where Mormon leaders should advise a man or woman to leave their family over differences in beliefs.

Comments

  1. I’ve thought for a while that what we need is a billboard on I-15 that simply states: “Family before Faith. People before Ideologies.” Put the meme out there so that people actually give it real consideration and I suspect a lot of folks would think, “Hmm, yeah, I agree with putting my family first.” It’s getting them to process this notion that would be the goal – which would pull them out of the indoctrinated rut they’re in where their knee-jerk conditioned reaction is to put the religion before people. The societies of our planet have a lot of problems caused by folks putting ideologies before people, and I suspect a lot of it is unconscious conditioned behavior.

    • Brett Nordquist says:

      That’s an excellent point. It’s not an easy notion to combat because those who step outside orthodox beliefs are the lost sheep and must be saved. But I wish we could all come to an agreement that, as you mention, people must come before ideologies.

  2. Well, there sure are a lot of us “lost sheep.” Pew’s most recent survey of religion shows that the lost sheep are actually the fastest growing flock. I suspect that the religious flocks, or those who remain in them, are going to become more fundamentalist, while the world at large will continue to become more secular.

    Throughout history, the individuals and/or groups in power are the ones who have controlled the narratives. For the first time in our species’ history this is no longer the case. The Internet, architected to survive nuclear war, both enables mass surveillance and simultaneously empowers the anarchist. It’s a great double edged sword, and while it can be used to oppress, its inherent openness also empowers us individually. The narrative is no longer under the control of those in power, and they’re scrambling to adapt. Institutions which fail to adapt will likely perish.

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