OPINION – It’s as if the ground is shifting beneath our feet. Even those who aren’t in the habit of paying attention can sense that the pace of decline is quickening.
It can be seen in our economy where real median household income is lower now than it was in 1989. It can be felt in our culture where the indefinite detention language of the NDAA was renewed by the senate while the masses were squabbling about Duck Dynasty and homosexuality.
It is evident in the widespread internal rot at nearly every level of politics where special interests carefully choose our candidates for us. It was unmistakeable in the unprecedented police state rehearsal in Boston earlier this year when innocent citizens were yanked at gunpoint from their homes in warrantless searches.
As the decline deepens, those in power treat the people as their enemy. This is why the NSA is collecting every bit of electronic data that we generate. This is why those in power push gun control relentlessly. It’s why we are fondled and electronically strip-searched at the airport.
It’s why even tiny police departments are getting armored military vehicles for terrorist events that have never happened in their community.
The masses do not think about such things. But the remnant does.
The masses don’t recognize the conditioning to which they’ve been subjected. This can be seen economically in the mindless consumer behavior on Black Friday. It is apparent culturally when an increase in government power and regulation over peoples’ most intimate relationships is celebrated as equality.
On such matters, the remnant is not only aware, but also hopelessly outnumbered. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
An inspired and courageous remnant has always been necessary to rebuild and restore when societal decline has run everything into the ground. But this requires a willingness to stand apart from the masses and what they believe.
For this reason, the remnant is often portrayed as being out of touch. In reality, it means that they’ve learned how to focus their attention on matters of actual substance without being manipulated into jumping aboard the bandwagon for the latest social fads.
It’s easy to passionately hold forth on topics based primarily on feelings or emotions. But bumper sticker slogans and social media shout-downs aren’t the same thing as informed discussion.
It takes no courage or character to bravely say something with which the crowd already agrees.
Arguing and understanding weighty matters requires the effort of actual study of original sources and personal research. It means honestly examining viewpoints that may fall outside the boundaries of approved opinion.
This is a price that the masses are seldom willing to pay. They’ve been trained all their lives to wait for an authority figure to explain things to them. No wonder so many people become outraged at any perceived departure from so-called conventional wisdom.
Members of the remnant understand the importance of developing their own personal viewpoint rather than allowing others to push their agendas upon us. This requires successfully filtering the information we bring into our lives and knowing what is important and what to ignore.
By taking in more of the right kind of information, we free ourselves from the effects of deception and misinformation. We come to value the quality of what we put into our minds rather than the quantity.
Once we learn to recognize the conditioning that’s been directed at us for most of our lives, it loses its power over us. We come to see the world as it really is, not as others are telling us to believe.
The remnant values truth more than it values the approval of others. In times of mass deception, this can be a lonely place. But there is a peculiar comfort in being true to one’s deepest convictions.
Truth is not contingent upon public approval or man-made laws. But it’s essential that a remnant upholds even unpopular truths for that day when their value is once again recognized.
Real character often requires taking a stand that involves actual costs. This is another quality that distinguishes the remnant from the masses.
It’s why Edward Snowden, after exposing our leaders’ domestic spying, explained:
I had been looking for leaders, but I realized that leadership is about being the first to act. I understand that I will be made to suffer for my actions, and that the return of this information to the public marks my end.
A person who is personally attacked for refusing to trade truth for popularity is a person who is having real impact. When the dust has settled, this is who others will turn to for direction.
Bryan Hyde is a news commentator and co-host of the Perspectives talk show on Fox News 1450 AM 93.1 FM. The opinions stated in this article are his and not representative of St. George News.
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