How are you counter-cultural?


#1

In the Harry Potter threads people ask- Don't you people have anything else to focus on?

In the Pants vs Skirts threads people ask- Don't you people have anything else to focus on?

*YES. *

We do. There are lots of problems in our culture and lots of ways for Catholics to be counter cultural. Some of the more popular ones:

Don't have a TV.

HOMESCHOOL.

Live off of one income

Be a housewife/homemaker

I'm curious what other choices people have made and why?

Here's one I've recently decided upon- I'm giving up the NFL. On one hand this won't be a radical change as I haven't had TV for several years, but I did still listen to the games on the radio and watch when away from home. As anyone from Southwestern PA can tell you, the Steelers are a major part of the culture here, and I have been a fan for pretty much my entire life. So why am I giving it up? After thinking and praying about it, I've come to the conclusion the NFL has several fundamental problems:

-It promotes a culture of lust and sexual sin- cheerleaders, rauncy advertisements
-It promotes a culture of "gimme, gimme" consumerism
-It draws many people it violating the sabbath, everything from having people do unnecessary servile work on Sundays to pulling folks away from the Mass.

Pax.


#2

[quote="Dan_Daly, post:1, topic:250519"]
In the Harry Potter threads people ask- Don't you people have anything else to focus on?

In the Pants vs Skirts threads people ask- Don't you people have anything else to focus on?

*YES. *

We do. There are lots of problems in our culture and lots of ways for Catholics to be counter cultural. Some of the more popular ones:

Don't have a TV.

HOMESCHOOL.

Live off of one income

Be a housewife/homemaker

I'm curious what other choices people have made and why?

Here's one I've recently decided upon- I'm giving up the NFL. On one hand this won't be a radical change as I haven't had TV for several years, but I did still listen to the games on the radio and watch when away from home. As anyone from Southwestern PA can tell you, the Steelers are a major part of the culture here, and I have been a fan for pretty much my entire life. So why am I giving it up? After thinking and praying about it, I've come to the conclusion the NFL has several fundamental problems:

-It promotes a culture of lust and sexual sin- cheerleaders, rauncy advertisements
-It promotes a culture of "gimme, gimme" consumerism
-It draws many people it violating the sabbath, everything from having people do unnecessary servile work on Sundays to pulling folks away from the Mass.

Pax.

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Not watching porn?...
Wanting to remain virgin until marriage?...
Beeing against drugs?...
Loving an enemy?...
Praying even in public places?...(when having dinner or lunch out or at the cafeteria)
Going to Church for adoration?...
Smiling when being sad?...
Being a Christian?

I don't know if any of these are counter-cultural... though.


#3

I'm not sure how living off one income or being a SAHM is "counter cultural"... that's very common these days and isn't a matter of morality... most people only work if it's financially necessary. :shrug:

My "goal" isn't to be counter-cultural... my goal is simply to live a faithful life and pass those teachings on to my children. Those choices aren't based on what is or isn't popular or cultural... they're based on the teachings of our faith.

A lot of people want to be "different" just for the sake of having an outer image or something... which is fine if this example helps to popularize the image of our faith in today's society... but often times people look at this image as being "different" and aren't attracted to it. So I don't see the point of actively choosing a "counter cultural" lifestyle if it's not going to bring others to the faith... that's just my own personal thoughts/feelings on the matter, though.

There's certainly nothing "wrong" with having a working mother, or owning a TV, or sending your kids to school... all of these can be beautiful ways of sharing our wonderful faith with the world...
Can't hide a lamp under a basket...


#4

Don't have cable/satellite... and these days, I'd rather read than play video games. I DO have a TV, my brother's giant one, but that's because he lives with me. It's a rare day I sit down and put anything on, and then, it's mostly just for noise while I'm cleaning up, and usually something from Discovery (big fan of their programming). When I still worked for the Hotel we had a TV in the kitchen that I usually had tuned to a 24-hr news channel, again, mostly for noise. Don't know if that's all that counter-cultural.

Not entirely huge on the bar scene either. Don't mind the old pub and going dancing used to be fun the next town over, but other than that, it's far cheaper/easier on the brain to just get a case of your favourite or a bottle of nice Pinot Grigio and drink at home. Then again I was always a bit of a recluse so that's probably just my introverted personality acting up.

I rather vehmently reject fast food and only have some when it's the way the day is going (i.e., with my folks on the way to X or Y, forgot to pack a lunch). That's probably a result of my old day-job plus schooling.

I don't have children yet, but I certainly intend to raise them with more restricted access to TV/Internet than I had. These things have a way of sapping your free time until you find balance with them. Definitely less junk-food/boxed food in my house. If I end up having to be a stay at home dad to make these things work, so be it! (More likely, I'll be sacrificing Saturdays to the Deep Freeze.)


#5

Well, if you actually believe in God and attempt to live your life that way, then you're counter cultural in the West.


#6

[quote="Nec5, post:5, topic:250519"]
Well, if you actually believe in God and attempt to live your life that way, then you're counter cultural in the West.

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/\ This.

I would also say:
If one is Catholic or Eastern Catholic, one goes against the West.:)


#7

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