****I was just Stumbling (for those of you who don’t recognize the term, it’s a very addicting web service which allows you to check off your interests, and when you hit the “stumble” button it will bring you a never-ending supply of related websites) and was taken to a page listing banned books. It brought up a question I’ve always wondered about, and often made me second-guess organized religion.
Rather than avoiding literature or media providing opposing viewpoints, or questionable material (such as racist terms, the depiction of less than wholesome lifestyle, etc…), should we not meet these challenges to our personal views head on? If we refuse to examine them are we not in turn refusing to critically examine ourselves, our fears and insecurities? I’m not talking about material meant to be offensive-I’m talking about those books or media which ask vital questions of human nature, and often show an unfiltered, raw and oftentimes unpleasant reality.
However unpleasant it may be, or however much we may disagree with the premise, isn’t it better to educate ourselves of both what we deem good and evil in the world? How can we expect to become truly strong in our beliefs and morals if we only allow ourselves to see what we’re comfortable with? You must test your boundaries in order to really know yourself-it forces you to address aspects of life and your own nature you may not have examined previously.
Of course, I recognize the validity of parental involvement when children are involved, but for adults/young adults? How do other Catholics feel about the issue of censorship?****