My Thoughts

Rational argument, honest debate, logic and reason have gone extinct! As gone as the dinosaur, the dodo, and some sightless bug you never knew nor cared existed. Irrational rant, mockery, and insult appear to be the only games in town, enjoyed by the tidal swamp of moral morons and intellectual cowards safely barricaded behind their thumbs on Facebook, Twitter, and whatever else falls under the category of anti-social media.

Whenever people mock and that is all they do, I know they don’t know how to deal with it intellectually. For if you can demolish an argument intellectually, why would you use mockery? Mockery may make you feel good, but it is not persuasive. You have not used reason, you have used insult and the like, but it is not an argument. ~Dennis Prager

Freedom of Speech need not apply. Dissenting voices should be seen, but never heard. Silence is the fool’s golden rule: better to be silent than be silenced by the Woke Cancel Cultural Commission on Hate Speech. Keep an empty mind; never clutter the mind with useless facts. Agree to agree; “Off with their heads!” for those who dare disagree.  

Rarely do I wade into the swamp; there is no reason there, only nasty bugs and biting snakes among the brackish slime, mire and muckety-muck. Not that I am afraid of entering such unpleasantness, fear has nothing to do with maintaining anti-social distance. No, I avoid the swamp because the swamp is what it is, a swamp. There is simply no good to come from slogging through the mud; all you get are muddy boots and an occasional nasty rash. You cannot change the swamp, it is what it is; if you try, expect to be cancelled or if you feel lucky, indicted.

But every now and then, imagination overrides reason and the urge to rescue the denizens of the swamp from their mindless depravity is simply too strong to resist. It only takes the briefest encounter to be reminded of the futility and pointlessness of such a desperate misadventure. On a recent excursion into the murky waters I decided to avoid argument: refusing to engage in useless debate, I merely posed the question: “What is your solution?” Never got one, not a single cogent thought or reasoned argument. What I got was mockery, insult, and character assassination. No matter what muck was thrown, I repeated, “So, what is your solution?” Got the same irrational rants from empty, feckless minds mudslinging moribund mantrics mindlessly.

What I noticed most was the absolute denial of the anarchy, chaos, mayhem and lawlessness occurring in major cities across the country. One posted comment: “Lies, lies, lies. All lies from Fox News and Trump! I have a friend who lives in Portland and she tells me it is peaceful and calm.” Well, kumbaya, little darlin’, kumbaya. Wonder who told you that, CNN or the New York Times? They would never lie to you, now would they?

It quickly became tiresome and boring so I quit pushing for any solution on their part. It is difficult to propose a solution to a nonexistent problem, don’t you see? So, I left the swamp to its peaceful and calm denizens to stew in their own rot and decay. There simply is no arguing with swamp creatures. Wake up America!                 

Just my thoughts for a Monday, for what it is worth.

About the author: Deacon Chuck

Deacon Chuck was ordained into the permanent diaconate on September 17, 2011, in the ministry of service to the Diocese of Reno and assigned to St. Albert the Great Catholic Community. He currently serves as the parish bulletin editor and website administrator. Deacon Chuck continues to serve the parish of Saint Albert the Great Catholic Community of the Diocese of Reno, Nevada. He is the Director of Adult Faith Formation and Homebound Ministries for the parish, conducts frequent adult faith formation workshops, and is a regular homilist. He currently serves as the bulletin editor for the parish bulletin. He writes a weekly column intended to encompass a broad landscape of thoughts and ideas on matters of theology, faith, morals, teachings of the magisterium and the Catholic Church; they are meant to illuminate, illustrate, and catechize the readers and now number more than 230 articles. His latest endeavor is "Colloqui: A journal for restless minds", a weekly journal of about 8 pages similar in content to bulletin reflections. All his reflections, homilies, commentaries, and Colloqui are posted and can be found on his website: Comments are always welcome and appreciated. He is the author of two books: "The Voices of God: hearing God in the silence" which offers the reader insights into how to hear God’s voice through all of the noise that surrounds us; and "Echoes of Love: Effervescent Memories" which through a combination of prose and verse provides the reader with a wonderful journey on the way to discovering forever love. He regularly speaks to groups of all ages and size and would welcome the opportunity to speak to your group.

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