Growing up in a Christian household, going to church every Sunday was pretty much standard (so really, we only had Saturdays to sleep in). To tell you the truth, I actually very much enjoyed some parts of church. Singing out loud was fun. Clapping is always an enjoyable thing to do. I even got a good underlying message from the sermon most of the time. However, every once in a while, I'd hear something that didn't quite make sense to me. Something that I didn't really understand. I'd try to figure things out for myself, but eventually, I wanted to ask. I was met with a reply of "we shouldn't question God". I then come to find out that 'some believed questioning the Bible, Christianity, or even God himself is perceived as blasphemy or a sign of disbelief'. For a long time, I was even kept in the dark about other religions, as learning about them is also somehow wrong. We were all just supposed to follow direction, have faith, and be content in knowing we'd go to Heaven if we did. As a young kid with no real say so in anything, what was I to do?
The whole not being able to ask questions thing really bothered me. I love questions! I love asking them, I love answering them. Just love em! If something doesn't make sense, or if I need clarification as to certain events in a timeline, my first instinct is to ask. It's disheartening to know that some people frown upon inquisition, or see it as a form of opposition. Hmm, is that where the term devil's advocate comes from? If one isn't fully informed on a subject to the best of their capabilities, how then can we make the most educated statements, conclusions, and solutions that we possibly can? This is probably one reason why I shy away from making comments about current events as they unfold. Of course, everyone has an initial reaction to a particular thing they may hear, it's natural. Just imagine for a moment though if everyone always said the first thing that popped into their head. Sure, maybe the world would be a more honest place I guess, but I personally would rather take the time and pull from as many mental sources as I can to produce a thoughtfully crafted sentence to put into the world...that I won't be able to put back in my mouth mind you. Besides the extreme example of religion, I see a lot of blind following going on in today's society. A figure will rise to prominence in one way or another, gaining the love of many. Some do so in such a way wherein the things they do are defended without thought. This goes for people, political parties, movements, topics in news headlines, and a number of other sources which spark public opinion. This is probably another reason I get into debates with friends. Just because I don't agree with EVERYthing about a particular subject, doesn't mean I am completely against. I like Beyonce, but do I think the Lemonade album was the greatest thing since sliced bread? Nope. I actually only enjoy two songs. I enjoy and root for diversity in the film industry, but guess what people, I think La La Land was better than Moonlight...there, I said it! This doesn't mean I'm against the whole African American community people (a lot of super "woke" folks actually come for me all the time, but I'll save that for another blog). School for me was very informative when it came to many subjects, but I'd be darned if I took everything in history class at face value.
A while back, I read a very disturbing article (in an actual magazine mind you! But here is a link to the online version), about how some President supporters are STILL behind him 100%, no matter what he does. Even when he does wrong (which they don't even consider wrong), they justify it somehow. They don't question anything he does as even MAYBE wrong. It's all because they like him as a person (as far as they say in the article). He "speaks his mind" and "doesn't take any crap". Blind faith is what I believe this is called. Also since I'm slightly on the subject of politics, I always thought it was really weird how sometimes when we're voting for a certain political party, the most prominent option is straight ticket voting... (which means you have to vote for everyone in that certain political party... like they're all the same or something), and make voting a split ticket so difficult. Voting is actually quite confusing in general.
It's hard to see the flaws and cracks in the things we admire. If something or someone is important to us, we will defend to no end. Living and observing the world and how it works, I've come to realize that just about everything has both "good" and "bad" components. I try not to be blinded by or put anything on such a high pedestal as to believe that it cannot be flawed in some way, or that I can't ask questions. We should never stop learning. Furthermore, I know it's easier said than done, but we should gather all of our information and proceed without bias. And don't get me wrong, we can still love a flawed thing! But ignoring those flaws and continuing to let the cracks grow doesn't do anybody any favors. If I ever do become a (very nice and approachable) cult leader for Haus of Bretony, feel free to disagree and/or ask me as many questions as you like! My motto will be "Question everything".
P.s. I actually looked up the origin of "Devil's Advocate" and whaddya know, it DID originate in church! The Advocatus Diaboli (Latin for Devil's Advocate) was formerly an official position within the Catholic Church: one who "argued against the canonization (sainthood) of a candidate in order to uncover any character flaws or misrepresentation of the evidence favoring canonization".
P.p.s. And yes, I too think Oprah can do no wrong, but if yall starting a presidential campaign from one speech, I got speeches for days! Eh, I won't be eligible for 2020 anyway...too young! (BUT if you are looking to get someone amazing into office, help my bf Whitney run for Congress in Michigan!)
P.p.p.s. What are some things you support but often are afraid to question? I know I'm not the only one!