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My Nation Under Me

I walked by a Road Trip Nation bus. It’s one of those big green RVs that cross the nation full of college kids. Their slogan is Define Your Own Road In Life. I looked them up online and read their manifesto. It’s a little scary…

The movement targets college kids to help them think for themselves. I’m not sure why they think that’s a good idea. One can argue very effectively that many adults should not think for themselves. As their manifesto states, they preach that, Everyone should have their own Manifesto that reflects their own ideals and where they want to go with their lives.

It also states this:

“So what do you want to do with your life?” “You should be a lawyer, a doctor, an accountant, a consultant…blah, blah, blah.” Everywhere you turn people try to tell you who to be and what to do with your life. We call that The Noise. Block it. Shed it. Leave it for the conformists. As a generation we need to get back to focusing on individuality. Self-construction rather than mass production. Define your own road in life instead of following someone else’s. Listen to yourself. Your road is the open road. Find it. Find the open road.

I thought of Hitler. He found the open road with tanks and gas chambers. Does his manifesto count? Or how about those who just start shooting people? Is that cool? What about those profiting from human trafficking? Does their road and self-construction count?

The point is there are obviously limits to our road to freedom. The question is who do we allow to set the limit? The individual?

To be clear, I’m not targeting Road Trip Nation – they seem to be cool people trying to help kids think beyond their inherited worldview and to inspire them. Rather, I’m after the beliefs they preach, which are based on the ideals of individualism, which come, primarily, from a few enlightenment thinkers in the 17th century.

Put another way, we’ve gone from one nation under God to one nation under me. We’ve gone from all men are created equal to all men rose up from some strange biological accident equally and thus can now do what pleases them. Is this progress? Is this healthy thinking?

I’m all for authentic journey, but this ideology is more a head trip than a road trip.

We claim inalienable rights granted to us by our creator but then assume ultimate control. This is dangerous. What about what pleases God? If God is indeed our creator one would think that he might know a thing or two about what makes us tick. A journey to God first, before a journey to what we want, is a much better road trip.

Thanks for reading,
~ Ted Olson

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