Here’s a predicament: there’s a really great health club I want to join. I love everything about it…except for a couple of rules they have in place. Like pool breaks every hour. Shouldn’t I be able to decide when I want to take a break from swimming? I can tell you now I don’t plan to get out of the pool just because they tell me to. And the fact that you have to be 14 years old to use the gym equipment? I’m alright with letting my 10 year old use a few of machines because they’d do him some good. I know it goes against gym policy, but as long as I supervise him, I don’t see why there would be a problem.
Am I being unreasonable? Some people say I shouldn’t join if I can’t follow all the rules.
Though I probably should be, I’m not actually thinking about joining a health club. I’m just trying to make a point…about this article, specifically. I can’t make sense of her reasoning. “We’re not going to agree about everything, but that’s OK.”, she says about the fact that as a Catholic she is at odds with one of the Church’s fundamental teachings.
For one thing, if she can’t follow a major teaching, then the Catholic Church isn’t a good fit for her. And another thing: why would anyone even want to be part of a group that didn’t share that person’s same fundamental beliefs? Doesn’t that speak to a person’s shameful ability to compromise her own principles?
I am against cruelty to animals, but I could never join some of the very popular animal activist group because I eat meat. It’s an obvious divide, for sure. To join such a group when I don’t fully support all its tenets would not only conflict with my values, it would also undoubtedly undermine the group’s mission as well.
But somehow, some people see nothing wrong with compromising themselves. And they see nothing wrong with disrespecting the values that others hold dear. Despite the fact that the Catholic Church is full of a lot of teachings that many of its members don’t agree with, there remain a great number of those people who still want to call themselves Catholic. Public figures, especially, with money, status, and inflated egos are given platforms to flippantly toss aside any beliefs or rules that fail to serve them. And they flaunt it. It’s condescending and insulting to the group. It confuses the public. But it also exposes them for their lack of integrity and character…which are things even a billionaire can’t buy.