Hope and Hubris are not the Same

Hubris and Hope

She is proud to call herself a Social Justice Warrior.
It is a role she’s been trained for from birth,
and she is confident in her abilities.
She will right wrongs,
eradicate poverty,
close the gender wage gap,
end war,
Using her words,
her wit,
her tenacity,
(resorting to bullying only when necessary,
and it is necessary more often than one would think),
she will bring down those
who mock,
and fail to feel guilt for the sins of the fathers.

She was born
(not all that long ago)
to change the world.
She’ll let nothing stop her,
not even God.
Especially God.
Oh, she believes in Him.
Why, she loves Him dearly,
but she must pick up
where Jesus left off.
Finish the job.
He did good things,
but really, why didn’t he do more?
And people today are so dense.
Couldn’t Jesus have been more specific?

Yes, today is a new day,
Sunday, in fact.
It’s time to lace-up, log on,
carry her sign, voice her opinion,
and make a difference.
Nothing will stand in her way,
not even the guy next door
—what is his name?—
sitting in the hallway
with a razor blade in his hand.



8 thoughts on “Hope and Hubris are not the Same

  1. Isn’t it interesting to live in such curious times: the candidates for the highest office in the land being two characters neither of which has any character to speak of – both creations of spin without soul, caricatures of greatness . . . I’m sorry! Of course you may we thinking of Sarah Palin in this piece . . .

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Well, our nation had a good run. Where we’re at is not terribly surprising, but it does seem like we reached this destination quickly. Of course, many factors have contributed to our sorry state of affairs, but I lay a great deal of blame at the feet of public schools and those who control them. The poem was not inspired by Mrs. Palin. (I generally don’t find her very inspiring.) It was written (a few months back and tweaked today) after a Twitter conversation with a young acquaintance, a freshman in college, who was indoctrinated in the best public schools and led to believe, apparently, that we can create utopia here on earth: if only everyone will be nice to each other. Since they won’t do that on their own, however, she advocates redistribution of wealth, policing of thoughts and speech, and the “correct” interpretation of Jesus. In all of her gifted-and-talented programs, science classes, and extracurricular activities, no one bothered to tell her that human nature is human nature is human nature. Now that I think of it, Flannery O’Connor explained this student’s outlook pretty succinctly: “The Liberal approach is that man has never fallen, never incurred guilt, and is ultimately perfectible by his own efforts. Therefore, evil in this light is a problem of better housing, sanitation, health, etc. and all mysteries will eventually be cleared up.”

      Liked by 2 people

      1. I really didn’t think you were referring to SP but HRC since your references seem to fit her to a T! As for the times in which we live I do not believe the liberals or the conservatives have a corner on folly. You point to the educational system that has failed us; I might point to the free market where money is the measure of all success, or to technology which believes there is nothing beyond our capabilities; behind it all I’m certain we have forgotten how to live in relationship with God and therefore in relationship with each other . . . May God have mercy on us all . . . As for giving Jesus a helping hand: I’m all for that . . .


      2. I knew you were kidding about Sarah. It’s interesting that you thought I was describing HRC. It makes sense, although I seldom think of her and religion in the same breath.

        I understand what you’re saying about materialism and technology: just because we CAN do something doesn’t mean we SHOULD. The thing about the free market, though, is this: it is the best system available to us fallen humans. Every other economic system involves coercion. Further, people tend to confuse crony capitalism with a free market, but they are certainly not the same, and the United States does not have a free market. In a free market, a small company would have a fair chance of competing with a large business by offering innovation or better products or better services. As it stands, though, banking regulations benefit the big guys; pharmaceutical regs. benefit the big guys (at the expense of the consumer/patient more than smaller companies); USDA guidelines prevent small farmers from selling in the same markets as factory farmers. Now we have people being forced by the government to buy health insurance coverage they neither need nor want.

        It all comes down to free will. God did not want slaves who had to love Him and do His bidding. Yes, it would be wonderful if more people voluntarily said No to the new cars, bigger houses, latest gadgets. It would be great if they spent more time tending to spiritual pursuits and helping their fellow man, but forcing them to do these things is wrong. Did you know that the Pilgrims and Puritans who left England seeking religious freedom did not want to grant it to other colonists in Massachusetts? Burning a Quaker at the stake because she refuses to worship God the way you want her to is as wrong as firing Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich because he believes that marriage should be between one man and one woman.

        We need to be working to change hearts and minds, not writing new policies and laws, and it seems to me that we do that by focusing on our own small worlds. For me, right now, that means teaching and loving and being an example for my six kids. Are you familiar with the concept of subsidiarity? Pope John Paul II was a fan, and rightly so. Subsidiarity means working as locally as possible and moving up the ladder, one rung at a time, but only as necessary. For example, a bureaucrat in Washington should not be telling your doctor how to treat your shoulder pain.

        When I wrote “but she must pick up / where Jesus left off,” I was referring to this particular person telling me that she believes her job as a Christian is to change Christianity. Once again, I think of subsidiarity and might suggest she focus on her own soul, then maybe move out from there to supporting family, friends and neighbors.

        Sorry for the lecture, especially if I’ve told you nothing you didn’t already know.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s