I used to think that Christians were brainwashed. Not anymore. No, now I know that we’re brainwashed, and I’m perfectly Ok with that. Why? Well, think about it. Does the brainwashed person normally know that he’s brainwashed? Of course not. So when the brainwashed person sees someone who’s worldview is different, and he sees an alien source for that differing worldview, like say, the church, then he considers that person to have been brainwashed. But what he can’t see is the source of his own brainwashing, which was, or is in no small part, the institution. So that brings us to a question. Which one is actually brainwashed? Is it the one who comes out of the institution and thinks like the institution has trained him to think? Or is it the one who has chosen a different path, a path that is out of harmony with the Secular Humanist religion taught in the schoolhosue? My answer: both are brainwashed because no one is ever not “brainwashed”.
At this point, as is normal in these times, my terms are begging for definition. To be brainwashed is simply to be given a narrative by which we will understand and interpret our lives and experiences. And how we do this will depend on how we, or someone else, has programmed, or if you like, “brainwashed,” us to interpret them. If you will listen to the things people around you say, you’ll hear them repeat their narratives to themselves when faced with something that they don’t understand. You will hear things like, “Well, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder”, when someone calls something that is obviously ugly, beautiful. If you tune yourself to hear it you’ll hear it often–not all the time, but certainly often. If the world is the old way, and your mind is being renewed, you might do the same thing when you quote to yourself Bible verses to reaffirm your direction.
Today I have this video that shows how the campus culture inculcates your children and their peers at the schoolhouse:
For most people, at least if they’re like me, their first question would be, what would I have done in this same situation? I’m confident that at this stage in my life I would have been rebellious against conforming to the ways of those around me. But then again, that ought to be the norm for any Christian. But in my younger years, say high school aged, I don’t know what I would’ve done, but I suspect that it would have been to conform. Heck, I confirmed in every other way.
But this scenario is easier because it’s stupid. Resisting the conformity your child will be faced with in the schoolhouse will not be this easy. It will be much less obvious for one thing, and it will have a totally different feel to it. Missing for this experiment with this young lady is lots of time and close relationships with a few of those in the waiting room, which would be peers her own age. This is what I call the campus culture. In that cul,ture she will know at least a little something about most everyone in the room. And there will be those who are the movers and shakers in her little, isolated culture as well: the brains, the brawn, the beautiful and the all-three. And then there will be the “masses”, which is everyone else.
The campus culture is a dangerous place. If Satan wanted to devise a program to steal your child, I can’t think of a better way to go about it. Yet millions of Christians every year send their child into this toxic environment hoping that it will be different for their own child than all the rest, as if the stakes for doing it were low. They’re not! They’re higher than the stakes for getting a sub-standard education.
As for me, I’d prefer that my child get the sub-standard education than be put into that mix. But then again, as it turns out, they’re not getting a sub-standard education. But then again, again, the bar for a “standard” education is so low, how could they not do better than standard?