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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Be What You Are, and Be That Perfectly


A Norwegian bride, preparing the traditional dress for the ceremony, Adolph Tidemand


Liberalism today indicates that anybody can be anybody or anything.  We are not allowed to have objective qualities determined by our family, character, temperament, or even sex.  Traditions and customs that formally identified us and were taken for granted become irrelevant and are intentionally forsaken.

But St. Francis de Sales instructs us, "Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly."

What we are, at least in part, is objective.

For example, we cannot change our sex, our heritage or our personal tendencies, strengths and weaknesses.  Instead, we should be proud of the good and take responsibility for the bad.

While the revolutionaries try to whitewash objective identity, we should encourage the development of specific traditions, interests, and preferences relevant to who we are.


What do you think?

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