I don’t know why you’d want to, but everyone seems to agree that there’s more than one way to skin a cat. By the same token, there are infinitely more forms of currency than just the legal tender you have in your wallet or coin purse.
Position can be a currency; influence can be a currency, who you know can be a currency, even who you went to college with can be a currency if they’re the right person, and you’ve kept in touch.
Of late, there is a new currency that is being traded, and no, I’m not talking about bitcoin, ethereum, or litecoin. The new currency I speak of is conformity. If you are willing to fall in line, assimilate, conform and go along, then in return for your subservience, you get the keys to the particular kingdom you are trying to gain entrance into.
Whether it’s the right kind of business connections, a spot on television as a talking head, or membership into the cool kid gang, it’s no longer about merit, it’s no longer about ability, it’s no longer about being most qualified, it’s about whether or not you have conformed to the new normal, and are faithfully towing the line.
Once the narrative has been established, everyone must parrot it, mindlessly, soullessly, over and over, because all they have is the narrative itself. Name one of ten things currently in the headlines, parroted by B rate actors and newscasters alike, and when you drill down, you realize they are making it up out of whole cloth. If you present something as a statement of fact, it needs to be factual. If you reach a conclusion regarding something, then the evidentiary burden of proving your conclusion is on you.
Maybe it’s just me, but I get the sense that most average folks are getting fed up, angry, and frustrated, and the pressure continues to build and build. There’s only so much you can take. There are only so many times you can be called a bigot for not putting your little boy in a dress or a planet murderer for not setting your gas-guzzling car on fire to save the environment or be told you’re too ignorant to understand what your lying eyes are telling you.
Those who have chosen conformity for a seat at the table, and in the process abandoned reason and logic, feel that your conformity is owed them as well. They insist that you must do as they have done, that you must abandon principles, and morals for the sake of inclusivity and validation, because deep down, in those moments where they can be honest with themselves, they realize the mistake they made, and what their conformity cost them.
When you start selling your soul piecemeal, eventually you run out of pieces. Once you run out of pieces, all you are is a disposable husk, something that can no longer be exploited, and as such useless to those who convinced you to make the bargain with darkness in the first place.
Stand on truth, and do not be swayed. Though storms may come, truth is a solid enough foundation to weather any storm, and once the storm passes, your soul will still be intact.
With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.