I was speaking to an in-law family member the other day about the vaccine mandates and mask issues. It caught my attention that they generally agreed with me about nearly everything regarding the vaccine, masks, and the COVID hysteria, but they lacked any will to do anything about it.
When the topic of re-masking came back up, they just said something along the lines of “Yeah, we’ll be masking again soon”. No sense of fight, no sense of resistance… just a blanket sad statement of acceptance.
When I tried to rebute this by saying that it only exists if you let them do it, they responded with the usual American cop out of saying that he “did not want to cause contention”.
We ended up getting interrupted and the conversation broke off, but I have thought about that sentence a lot since then. It wasn’t the first time I’ve heard it, nor do I believe it will be the last.
The American people have grown soft to the point of wanting to avoid confrontation and contention. Instead, they willingly allow evil to walk all over them and they willingly comply with things that they don’t agree with. What this is, is a stunning example of our people lacking any sort of moral courage.
Where moral courage is: the courage to take action for moral reasons despite the risk of adverse consequences.
If you know things are evil, then by not taking action against them when you reasonably can is a lack of moral courage.
Our nation is so low on moral courage, that even when the adverse consequence is minimal, people still won’t do it. Take masks for example. You can choose not to wear a mask in a store, or to even put in on to get through and then take it off. The worst consequence that can occur is someone briefly saying “Excuse me sir, can you put on your mask?” And you saying either yes, and then taking it off immediately after they look away, or no, and walking out of the store. There is no significant adverse consequence, but our people can’t even seem to find the moral courage to do that. They’d rather “avoid contention”.
It’s funny to me because most of these people are the churchian religious types (I’m in Utah, so mostly Mormon – but I’m leaving and going back home to the South soon, thank God). So they believe in avoiding contention because of Smith’s interpretation of Jesus. But Jesus, the Biblical Jesus, was all about contention and confrontation. Hell, he told a woman to stop being a whore and violently ran people out of his church.
They make it seem like walking in the image of Jesus is about being meek and self-destructive. But it’s the exact opposite: Jesus spoke the truth and resisted boldly and bravely. He did so in the face of the worst possible adverse consequence (death). If we can’t even resist and speak the truth with the most minuscule of possible adverse consequence, we do not deserve to even consider ourselves as trying to walk in his path. Because we clearly are not. We are afraid and bankrupt in our moral courage.
I remember traveling back to Tennessee mid-“pandemic” and being so pleased with the state. I didn’t have to wear a mask, I felt like people were still being normal, and everything was just… not insane. Not so when I came back to Utah. After the Mormon Church agreed with the vaccine and mask mandates, the entire state just shut down, everyone was wearing mask, it became vaccine galore, the Karens were out in force, and it was hell. I felt like I was in Portland, especially during the BLM riots that saw a lot of damage here mid-summer.
But it’s not just Utah. I saw this a lot everywhere I’ve lived in the West. Especially in Utah and Colorado. It’s been hell trying to find “my tribe” of morally courageous individuals out here. There were months were I was the only one not wearing a mask in the grocery stores. Everyone I speak to is more concerned with avoiding contention than speaking the truth or fighting back. Not so much in other states I’ve lived such as Tennessee, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, or Missouri. I’m not sure if there is something in the water out West or if I’m just not finding the right people, but I am excited to return back to my roots where I know at least some people have some moral courage. Especially in the South, where it seems to be growing exponentially with each new federal overstep.
Regardless of how it all works out, there is an important lesson here. That lesson is two-fold:
- If we ever want to win, the most important virtue is fortitude (moral courage). Everything we need, desire, and must fight for relies on moral strength. Without it, we are nothing.
- The community you reside in matters. If you have a conservative community, but one that lacks moral courage (such as mine), you will be at the mercy of the evil ones no matter your location because no one will stand up and fight for you. Right-leaning or not. The community must be filled with individuals that have moral courage or it is worthless. A small group of right-leaners and centrists with moral courage is worth far more than those who share your exact beliefs but lack it.
The Right has to understand this. We won’t win with legal warfare, violence, capitalism, money, or any other materialistic thing. We only win when we have a 100% dedicated community that is full to the brim with individuals as morally courageous as our best forefathers.
Whereas if we lack moral courage, we won’t even win a coin toss because the left will just rig it.
I’ll work on my in-laws. If you know Right-leaners in your own personal life that also fit the “contention avoidance” category, work on them as well. The fruits of your labor by turning a single Right-leaner into a morally-courageous Right-leaner will give us far more fruits that converting one hundred leftists to our position. This, I can guarantee.
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