I would just like to either study out loud — or try and critically think about some reflective research, especially when that practice comes to using quotes. Earlier today I got a glimpse at a rather well-known quote from George Orwell: “In a time of universal deceit — telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
Please, please now — I hope that you are feeling studious, want to think critically, and in order to do so one must be ready to reflect; albeit, driving, walking around, training, getting ready for this week’s game, or even learning the Yells, Song and Dance routines, or getting ready for one’s band performance at halftime, my hope beyond all hope is that we delve into this and sort out what it is supposed to mean.
First the place of my reading this quote was of course the Internet just wanting to read all matters of what interest me. I was lured into this phenomenal photograph of a group of military service personnel appearing to engage in prayer. The title of the article that appeared was, “Christians are leaving the U.S. military,” that just about did it for me…any article that contains the words, Christian and prayer has got to be definitely one of importance to me.
The actual piece was by Jacqueline Klimas reports for The Washington Times, that Christians are leaving the U.S. military or are discouraged from joining in the first place because of a “hostile work environment” that doesn’t let them express their beliefs openly, according to religious freedom advocates.
Before being captured by a writer’s unique style, I felt an overwhelming desire to pay particular attention to the wording used insofar as so much of the actual journalism that we read bears with it a simple touch of the writer’s vocabulary, style, presentation, and most of those from the larger purveyors use a system of sensationalism that could throw a reader for loops.
For the first part why does the journalist use phrases pertaining to one’s religious beliefs? Secondly, discouraging Christians from even joining because of a “hostile work environment” is simply a misnomer to begin with. As for me, during a period of time when there is military action currently going on in Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Turkey, Ukraine, any place that ends with a “stan” (Afghanistan, etc.) with the amounts of Jihad, and/or reckless terrorism sure there is war, killing, death, starving particularly in the Middle East, Southeastern Europe, and pray that the Lord will find a lot less suffering for the millions of refugees.
What it is — is that this writer or their editor stopped and thought about what military action is about. Absolutely none of the atrocities mentioned above (war, killing, death…) is anything but a hostile environment.
It is just after this where the article identifies what is meant by not being allowed to express their beliefs, or they are feeling the bulldozer effects of crushing one’s own religious beliefs.
Furthermore, the article that can be found here — “The problem is getting worse, not better, despite our efforts. There is a culture [of] hostility [toward] religion in the military right now.”
Additionally, the writer does a very good job at detailing what various agencies within the military and their forerunners are doing to identify a very dramatic problem that isn’t only experienced in the military but with our current president, Barack Obama, our religious liberties as the citizenry of the U.S. are taking a long, certainly without any cause beating right now
Just to wrap up on the opening quote by George Orwell. “In a time of universal deceit — telling the truth is a revolutionary act,” for the most part when I see the words universal (meaning relating to, affecting, or accepted by the whole world; relating to the universe or everything; relating to, affecting, or including everyone in a group or situation;) and Deceit ( the act or practice of deceiving or misleading somebody; something that is done to deceive or mislead somebody; Dishonesty Treachery Deception Trickery Cheating Fraud) what Orwell is saying is pursuant to the entire everything where there are attempts at deceiving through dishonesty, fraud and so forth, it sure makes me wonder what sort of lives are we living?