Every few months, I try to get a handle on my ever-growing “bookmarks” collection. Sorting through them all, I came across a Reddit thread, entitled “Do any other millennials here feel like the true rebels?” In it, the OP posts the following:
Being of the minority, amongst millennials, that is practicing Catholic; I feel like I’m the one revolting against other people my age. Many people that I know, my age, seem indifferent or against religion. It’s gotten to the point where, unless given a reason to think otherwise, I just assume my fellow classmates and other people my age are nonreligious. Maybe, someday, it’ll be considered cool to abandon the secularism of your parents for a devout religious life. It sounds unlikely but you never know. What do you guys and gals think?
Maybe it is part of my own bias, but it sounds like OP is making “rebellion” a good and positive thing. As a Catholic, this doesn’t sit right with me. Rebellion is rarely, if ever, a good or positive thing. The first rebel was, of course, Lucifer, and we know how THAT turns out… From what I’ve seen, heard, and read, rebellion just… isn’t something that should be lauded or praised (except in perhaps dire circumstances?).
Also, considering the present-day chaos of our world, is it right to view the status quo as what things really should be? Or, ought we take the long view, and see today’s circumstances and conditions as the rebellion against Western Civilization, see things as but one battle in a centuries-long war? I tend towards the latter, for as much as modern man wishes to break the bonds of history and tradition, he is still mired in a world crafted decades before he was born (it’s an undeveloped thought of mine that we are still caught in the post-Great War world, 100 years on). His casting off of tradition stems from his pride and his arrogant belief that he can (re)make the world in his own image.