Orwell’s Message

George_Orwell_press_photoGeorge was right in his futuristic thinking that presently we love to loathe in.

I’m not sure about other states but in Wisconsin dump speech is used effortlessly and instantly agreed upon but the listeners.  “Beautiful day today?” says one and the other responds, “It’s supposed to rain next month.”  So much for the presently beautiful, sunny day.

“Packers are doing well this year,” is followed by “Yeah, but just wait.”  “I got a raise today” is replied with, “Well, there goes your taxes.”  In our exchanges our friends become our enemies with their dreaded retorts.  I have always considered this a safeguard for us in Wisconsin because when something bad does happen we happily (note the word!) say to ourselves, “I knew I was right.”  If “misery loves company,” just move to the Badger state.

“The Atlantic” magazine had a revealing story of Volkswagen’s tragic foibles.  Those who worked there slowly adopt and become a part of a “culture.”  Sociologist Diane Vaughan calls it “the normalization of deviance.”  By adopt I don’t mean anyone actually says “yes” but an assimilation gradually takes hold until the Packers are bound to doom (which any team does from time to time.)  In Volkswagen’s case it was the careless assessment of body parts that moves us from our homes to the the grocery store.  In our personal lives, it’s that simple water glass with half of it, well…you figure it out.

My only admonition to you and me is to beware of a “cultural” acceptance of anything.  I don’t do it with the Catholic Church and never would accept it in our U.S. society.

Mob mentality was George’s message to us.  Thinking alike and like-minded gets us through the day and comfortably to bed at night because we believe what others have said and “adopt” it for ourselves.

Yes, help me to think and reflect and discern and then to double check my discernment with others.  Please don’t do my thinking for me.  Yes, it may rain next month but it’s a sunny day today and I’m out to enjoy it whether you’re with me or not.

Advertisements

About Rev. Joe Jagodensky, SDS.

A Roman Catholic priest since 1980 and a member of the Society of the Divine Savior (Salvatorians). www.Salvatorians.com. He is associate pastor of partnering parishes, Christ King and St. Bernard parishes in Wauwatosa, WI.
This entry was posted in Spirituality. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s