Perspsective

The distorted sense of right and wrong in the world today is extreme. So much truth is hidden, not allowed to be spoken lest it “offend” someone else…but if it is truth, how can it be offensive? If truth is really what is being spoken, then people need to know and hear and see! Yes, there are many different perspectives on what is truth, and whether knowing it is more important, or being comfortable. I choose to be uncomfortable. I choose to stand up for what I believe, and put my perspective on display for all the world to see.

It is usually one’s worldview that determines their definitions of truth, morality, and the importance of other values. My worldview has been shaped by growing up in a Christian family, in a medium-sized town, attending a large school, and many other things. I have not relied solely on the influences around me to tell me what to think or believe. Also being an honors student in school, a major emphasis was critical thinking, and while I may have scoffed at the topic then, I can see that I did develop it and have used it in everyday life. My beliefs are not a mirror of any one other person or doctrine, they are the expression of my life. Everything I do either validates my beliefs or calls them into question, and both strengthen them. I believe that I have found some fundamental truth in this crazy world.

When I say I believe I have found truth, I mean that I believe my beliefs are justified true beliefs for all people, in all places, in all times. I cannot accept the theory of “what’s right for you may not be right for me”, because then there is no truly objective standard to say what is true! I believe in absolutes in nearly every moral situation because without them, there would be no base on which to build a society. Without natural truths, who are we to say something like murder is wrong? There is no standard for this if truth is deemed subjective or unattainable altogether.

So, what is this “fundamental truth” which I proclaim to have? Salvation through faith. I believe in a triune God, the fallen nature of humanity, and God’s ability and willingness to redeem us. I hold this belief based on personal experiences and its consistency with the world I see. There is not one truth claim of the Bible which I do not see reflected in the modern world. People do bad things when left to themselves, and the only way to turn that around is by coming to faith in Christ and respecting His authority.

I morn when I see the rejection of this throughout the world, and believe it my duty to display my beliefs as I am here. I am not going to try to force my beliefs on anyone, obviously if you read this blog it was by your own choice. It is my job to speak the truth, and I have done that. The rest is up to God (yes, I objectively make an appeal to God, but that may be a discussion for another post). This is my perspective, and in it I stand firmly.

Hope in the Darkest Hour

While on PInterest earlier this week, someone has dubbed this week “Catching Fire Anticipation Week”. As I am a big Hunger Games fan, I liked the idea. As a part of it, I have decided to write about why I love dystopian fiction. What is it about society becoming so perverse that draws us in? Why do we want to read stories of horrible inhumanities, like the Hunger Games? To me, there are three basic reasons. First, the line between good and evil is clearly drawn, so we know who to root for; second, because we see them as a warning for our own society; and finally: there is always hope, no matter how great the destruction.

Dystopian fiction revolves around the idea that in trying to create a perfect utopian society, humans are bound to fail and end up creating the opposite of their intentions. Values often become sacrificed for the pleasure and comfort of the rulers or upper class. In The Hunger Games, lives are sacrificed for revenge. In Divergent, family and kindness are sacrificed for a pretense of peace. In the Matched trilogy, free will is traded for supposed safety. By the time a story is being written about the said society, it is failing and we (the reader) and eventually the hero can see the flaws in thought, and mistakes made along the way. Because we can see what is wrong with the society, we know where we stand. We know which side we should be on, and we get very involved mentally. While we may have a hard time figuring out which characters are on our side as well, we know what “our” side is and we are willing to fight for it. This ability to connect so deeply with human nature is part of what draws one in to dystopia.

When I get into a story, I start comparing my life to the one I am reading about. I think this is fairly common; in order to get to know the characters and situation you compare it to what you know. When we start finding similarities in dystopia books to our own lives, it serves as a warning and reminder. There have been many comparisons of the Capitol in The Hunger Games and Hollywood, and this should scare us a little. I am not saying we should believe every conspiracy theory (or any for that matter), but that there are elements of dystopian fiction in most (if not all) modern societies. This may not necessarily be a reason we enjoy these types of stories, but it is a defining and thought-provoking part to them.

Finally, no matter how dark a book gets, there is always hope. Without it the story would not sell. It can be easier to have hope in our own lives if we can see it in a much worse situation than we are facing. We get bogged down with so much in life, and reading is an escape for many. When a character overcomes great odds, makes a change in their world, and finds justice, we become hopeful. Hope is the most important element of dystopia; without a major reason to not have hope, there is no significance in it, but when that small amount of hope is able to work near-miracles, we are in awe.

After reading about a world gone astray, we look at our own world differently, perhaps more intently, and we are able to criticize it. Perspective is gained. Appreciation for where we are. Dystopian books are not just dark ruminatings of depressed minds, as has been suggested, but rather great cultural creations with complex layers of meaning and thought. Reading them, really diving into them and understanding, can help us think more critically and objectively about the world, humanity, and morality; that is the heart of dystopian fiction. It is philosophy in an understandable form, and a dose of hope from the darkest places.

The Reason for My Name

Walking around campus, I am shocked by the amount of girls who think it is acceptable fashion to wear leggings as if they were pants. I realize that I can be a little old-fashioned sometimes, but really, I don’t care how nice of a body you have, that is not the way they were meant to be worn. It is opinions like this that fuel this blog. I am fed up with the status quo of society being set by whoever can be the most outrageous, and not who can justify themselves. So, I am going to be outrageous in an unexpected way; I am going to speak out against inappropriate clothing, vampire fiction, and musicians who don’t really say anything. I am fighting for a new social paradigm, one where morality and truth is more important than getting a big reaction.  And I am dedicated to the truth that leggings are not, never have been, nor will they ever be, pants.

~Amelia

What’s to Come?

So here is kind of a preview of what will be coming to Leggings Are Never Pants:

Something from my Favorite Books: mostly distopian teen fiction, such as Hunger Games, the Matched Trilogy, and Divergent, but also mystery fiction and some more…happy, fiction.

Music I Like: I have a fairly large range of music I listen to, from Christian rock to country to alternative occasionally.

Philosophical Musings: As a philosophy major, I sometimes get lost in thought over random philosophical things…so watch out for that!

Nothing is really out of bounds! Suggestions? Shoot me an email: leggingsarenotpantsjt@gmail.com

~Amelia

Welcome!

Welcome to my blog!

Hello! This blog is pretty much going to be whatever I feel like sharing my opinions on. Book reviews, politics, philosophy, and music are what I am mainly interested, so I’m sure all will find their way here! Stay and read a while, and I am sure you will find something interesting!