Atomic Bombshell


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January 11th, 2011

Sixteen days until our daughter makes her debut in this world. We can hardly wait to kiss her sweet cheeks. And yes, I have reached that point where I am yearning to be finished with this pregnancy. We had an ultrasound yesterday and from what I could tell she doesn’t look much like her big brother at all. Not surprising since their parents look nearly as different as two people can.

You know what else? I have a confession to make. Clearly,  I’m lacking the mom genes (pun intended) that cause you to think your kids are gorgeous. When it comes to my son, I think he’s cute but not much more so than most other kids. And you know what else? When I saw baby girl yesterday I thought to myself… “That is not a good looking baby.” Not that I believe looks are everything, but not having any “Aren’t my babies gorgeous?!” blinders at my disposal does make me kind-of feel like a bad mom.

Read on for day 19 of 30 Days of Truth
Thoughts on Religion and Politics

Growing up we’re told these are hot button topics which are best not brought up in public, since it will likely only stir up animosity. I view a blog as a public forum, so I generally don’t go too deep into delineating my specific thoughts on politics or religion. I try to keep it personal instead of clearly choosing sides. How many of us really fit into a specific mold when it comes to our spiritual beliefs and political stances anyway?

Nevertheless, if you want to know what I think, I’m happy to share.

RELIGION

I must start by saying that participating in organized religion is usually just asking for trouble. Anything man-made is prone to failure. However, I also believe that anybody walking around on this earth for any length of time must have to squint their eyes shut and plug their fingers in their ears if they wish to believe there is no God and no purpose to our lives on earth.

My personal faith in God, specifically the God of the Bible and of His Son Jesus Christ did not happen overnight, or on a whim, or without serious thought and study. Quite the contrary, in fact. I had a ton of doubts, did a ton of research, and sought out answers. I wish more people would do that, but unfortunately many are lazy or apathetic and would rather follow someone else’s views or simply label themselves agnostic.

Frankly, if your life is so important that you don’t have time to address the issue of your own existence beyond this time line we’re currently trapped on, then what’s going to happen when you run out of time, which could happen at any unforeseen moment? Seeking out answers about your soul, or at least figuring out whether or not you should believe in an afterlife, is a worthwhile endeavor that deserves your urgent attention.

Don’t listen to what anybody else wants to tell you about their religion or their beliefs. Study what’s out there and decide for yourself where the truth can be found. And when you do find a source of consistent truth, don’t just acknowledge it, but live according to it. Keep learning and growing. That’s what religion should be.

POLITICS

You know, I’m so burned out about our country’s political system. When I was younger I was more politically active and would volunteer to work on campaigns and such, but in the last six years I’ve really changed my tune. This bureaucracy is so huge, heavy, slow, closed-off, and seemingly impossible to change. It’s hard to get fired up to pitch in any more.

We’re still in the trenches of this economic crisis, the conditions of which I fear will become a way of life from now on, or worse yet, that we’ll look back upon as “the good old days” if the current political system doesn’t undergo a radical transformation. I truly believe we’re headed toward a socialist state if we keep our current ways. This concerns me because I just want to be free.

I’m not a proponent of big government. That’s why I say I’m a libertarian. But really, I’m a bit more conservative because I certainly don’t have any anarchist leanings. I’m bothered by ever-increasing government involvement in our lives. I believe in the ideal concepts of capitalism and democracy as powerful systems that can much more effectively manage without intervention.

You’d think I’d care more, now that I’m a mom and my precious kids will face the fallout of choices made today, but in reality I care a lot more about how we live within our home and community than about what’s going on in Sacramento or Washington. I pay attention to political and legal issues as I study before heading to vote, but that’s about as far as I get involved now.

Instead, I believe my energy is far better spent raising children who can think logically, who have love and compassion for others, and who live responsibly. In addition, I hope that as a family we’ll be able to give of our time and resources to help our neighbors, both nearby and throughout the world. That’s a much more effective focus than offering up more of what little we have to support a broken political system.

Entry Filed under: Atomic Bombshell,Carrie's Rants,One Of The Guys

3 Comments

  • 1. deletedSoul  |  January 11th, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    There are far too many people who never do any research or apply any critical thought to either religion (and the bigger question of “why are we here?” or politics. Often as you said, it is because of apathy, or more commonly, simply accepting the religion/political views of their parents or peers. Obviously you and I have arrived at very different worldviews, but we’ve both arrived at those points after serious introspection and effort to understand.

    I especially like your last paragraph – that is the definition of a good person IMO, and I wish you success in fulfilling those endeavors!

  • 2. soapbox.SUPERSTAR  |  January 12th, 2011 at 11:55 am

    You know DAMN WELL that your son is absolutely adorable… and if you don’t then send him to me right now. Seriously. I will raise that boy and kiss his amazing face every day.

    I am betting they end up looking alike!!!

    The Bombshell

    @soapbox.SUPERSTAR, I’m not saying he’s not a keeper, just that most kids are totally adorable, just like he is. I somehow lack an over-inflated opinion about my kids.



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