…eventually become Catholic. A fun little piece.
I have trouble tracking the multiple layers of postmodern irony as hipsters avoid the mainstream and refuse all identification with identifiers. After a while, I just want to shout, “Say what you are for and stop merely being against!” I’m for Christ and his holy Church. Being that involves (sometimes) lining up with hipsters in their rejection of a number of trends in American culture. But you can’t build a life on mere protest. Along with distrusting the wrong things you have to have the guts to trust the right things. Along with having the courage to resist the herd when it is trying to stampede you in the wrong direction, you have to have the courage to travel in the right one–even when that direction is being walked by a lot of other people and you are *not* the lonely prophet, magnificent in isolation. You have to lose your pride and submit to instead being part of a vast communion of saints and slobs who show you up as the nothing special you actually are. You have to build, not just tear down, or you have nothing to give your kids. Here’s the soundest building advice ever given:
“Every one then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house upon the rock; and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And every one who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house upon the sand; and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell; and great was the fall of it.” (Matthew 7:24-27)