Living in the shadow of a literal genius impacted my life, & taught me about the virtues of hard work, humility, personal growth, & perseverance.

My father for lack of any better term was a genius in his heyday, a top-of-the-class summa cum laude graduate of virtually every academic institution he attended from high school to his undergraduate alma mater to the University of Notre Dame Mendoza School of Business. A genius is a person who displays exceptional intellectual ability, creative productivity, or is associated with the advancement of knowledge. In his prime, my father registered a MENSA-worthy intelligence quotient (IQ) of 145. Geniuses sometimes are socially awkward or apt to lack empathy and emotional intelligence. Many times, however, geniuses are a perfect synergy of emotional intelligence and cognitive ability, and high-performing professionally.

Neither me nor my siblings are geniuses. . . the Setliff children may variously register intelligent quotients between 120s and 130s on the Stanford-Binet and Wenschler tests. My sister is a nurse practitioner and my brother is a training manager in a discipline that’s vary mechanically-inclined. I’m often engaged in Information Technology and Digital Marketing work.

General intelligence, known as g factor, refers to the existence of a broad mental capacity that influences performance on cognitive ability measures. I read a lot about psychometric theories on intelligence. I learned intelligence cannot become a short-cut for hard work or study, and I was often a fan of ‘short-cuts.’ Applied intelligence (whatever the nominal value) works best when concurrent with hard work.

But that would be beside my major point, living in the shadow of a genius gives one a rapid self-assessment of their cognitive limitations. When I was a small child I loved the story of The Little Engine That Could. When I was younger I was gifted Marilyn Von Savant’s Brain Building in Just 12 Weeks: The World’s Smartest Person Shows You How to Exercise Yourself Smarter by an aunt and uncle in 1991, and I obsessed with the notion of improving cognitive ability by environmental stimulus such as cognitive exercises, reading and study. As a teen and twenty-something, I read up on psychometric investigations of cognitive abilities and human intelligence to include books such as The g Factor: The Science of Mental Ability and The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life. I loved the sci-film Gattaca. I came to accept a preponderance of inductively-reasoned evidences that cognitive ability owes to a combination of both genetic and environmental factors — and the predominant influence is genetic / hereditary. I also accepted that I was not a genius by any technical definition, nevertheless I was a beneficiary of a positive environment and certain positive hereditary traits that contributed to my cognitive abilities even if I fell short of any claimant title to being a genius in any meaningful sense.

The sci-fi film Gattaca contrasts a world where genetically engineered "valids" come to surpass the societal value of "invalids." Is it utopia? Or dystopia? It all depends on the hand of cards dealt you in this world.

My father applied his intellect differently than I did. He was very practical and concerned himself with applied intelligence such as practical life skills, such as accounting, business, and entrepreneurship. That was pretty much it. I was the much more prolific reader. I overcompensated by becoming an obsessive reader to ameliorate and overcome my perceived shortcomings. Rather than persist in unhealthy habits, such as the so called “Little Man’s Disease” — the behavior traits observed among those lacking in stature, or other perceived shortcomings — whereby they demonstrate a psychological predisposition to develop extra-assertive (at times combative and overbearing) personalities, I opted instead for an underdog approach, which entails humility in recognizing my limitations, and concerted effort to broaden the constraints of those limitations. I found motivation in the 1992 film Rudy about the Notre Dame walk-on student, Rudy Ruettiger. I also drew inspiration from the accounts of entrepreneurs and inventors that had failures and setbacks in life, the academy, and yet went on to accomplish great things through dedication, hard work, and perseverance.

For all practical purposes, like Rudy, I was an underachiever and disengaged in high school, in spite of winning Who’s Who in American High Schools three years in a row. In junior high, I applied myself much vigorously at first, but towards the end of high school, I grew aloof, indifferent and rarely studied. I was obsessed with outside reading, playing PC strategy games, programming web sites, computer-aided draft and design (CADD), which I did for money building start homes. As a teenager, I was obsessed with extracurricular activities, such as entrepreneurship and earning money.

My father influenced me in this direction by starting a sideline business as an Ingraham/MicroD distributor of software and personal computers in the early 1980s. I had access to most of the major computers throughout this time from the TI 99 4/A to the original 1984 Macintosh to the IBM PS/2 to the Compaq Deskpro 286, 386, 486, and later the Pentium, before graduating to Dell Computers. This gave me a privileged life with access to the latest personal computers, programming cookbooks, and I learned Basic as a prepubescent child by reverse-engineering cookbooks through inductive reasoning. By 1990, I was onto Visual Basic, and later the web-based programming languages HTML and Javascript. I loved fiction novels like John Grisham, D.C. Poyer, Tom Clancy, Frank Herbert, and Issac Asimov. I read incessantly and won recognition for creative writing.

I tried to redeem myself in college, and had a 3.83 GPA in my undergrad major itself, but a B average in outside subjects. I averaged a higher median GPA in graduate studies. I’ve always faced the distraction of wanting to read and study outside things independent of assignments. My library grew exorbitantly as did my vocabulary. I came to realize that certain things I deemed worthy of esteem, such as the classics, the humanities, and history had value independent of their utility in earning a living. I came to fall back on the study of such things. I didn’t believe they found a greater embrace, however, by trying to turn them into a career. In fact, I came to realize it was a folly to become a college professor regardless of mentors who pushed me in that direction. The market for Ph.D’s is simply not present.

Living in the shadow of a genius had this overarching impact on my life. It compelled me to strive for improvement, often in a futile manner, and at times broaching wish-fulfillment. Nevertheless, I strove to better myself through applying knowledge, growing in knowledge and wisdom, and recognizing that hard work (obviously lacking amid the ill-discipline of youth) was vitally requisite for success. I’ve written a 400+ page manuscript for a constitutional history book. I programmed mobile apps, web sites, and worked for start-ups that had momentary success and flopped. Being a genius by itself doesn’t give one character, nor work ethic, nor motivation to persevere. I am convinced that regardless of one’s cognitive limitations that ‘Genius’ effort can be achieved by a mindset of dedication and hard work, and doing the best with one’s God-given abilities, and talents. New skills and competencies can be developed as well. What’s the true secret to personal growth, and ever expanding knowledge, skills, and talents? Dedication, effort and perseverance.

The rivalry between Vincent (Ethan Hawke) and Anton (Loren Dean) comes to a head in one final competition.

My little brother once found himself in disputation with me, and he was critical. I remember referencing this video many moons ago in 2011, and on the heels of it, I rhetorically asked him the words of Cain to God: “I’m I my brother’s keeper?” To which I answered my own question: “Yes I am.” I was mindful there were larger principles than our sibling rivalry. I no longer saw myself in competition with him. I had transcended it with age and wisdom. I extol his success and I am happy for him.

Optimism is the liberal coolant; conservatives are realists, skeptical of utopian promises

“Hysterical optimism will prevail until the world again admits the existence of tragedy, and it cannot admit the existence of tragedy until it again distinguishes between good and evil. . . Hysterical optimism as a sin against knowledge.”
―Richard M. Weaver, Ideas Have Consequences

Imago Dei – All Men Are Created In The Image of God

The Bible Project: This video traces the idea of humans as co-rulers alongside God, who are commissioned to develop the world and its resources and take it into new horizons. How has this human vocation been compromised by our selfishness and evil, and how did Jesus open up a new way of being human through his life, death, and resurrection?

Imago Dei is the Latin transliteration of the aphorism, “Image of God,” as found in the Old Testament Book of Genesis in the grand divine creation narrative. This term “Image of God” is defined as the metaphysical expression rooted in mankind’s likeness to their Creator God, and it is associated uniquely to human beings, and it carries enormous weight given that humans were created in the “image of God.” This aphorism also signifies the profound spiritual, tangible, and symbolical connections between God and humanity. The phrase has its origins in Genesis 1:27, wherein “God created man in his own image. . .” This biblical passage implicates that humans are created in the image of God in their moral, spiritual, and intellectual essence. Accordingly all created humans reflect God’s divine nature in their ability to achieve the unique characteristics with which they have been endowed by their Creator. Mankind stands distinct from the creatures of the animal kingdom in this regard. It’s why man’s soul is precious and must be committed to God in this fallen world that man may partake of God’s forgiveness and redemption of fallen mankind.

Tolerance is the Virtue of the Man without Convictions

“Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions.”

―G.K. Chesterton

“A movement that cannot or will not draw boundaries, or that allows the modern cultural fear of exclusion to set its theological agenda, is doomed to lose its doctrinal identity. Once it does, it will drift from whatever moorings it may have had in historic Christianity.”
―Carl R. Trueman, The Real Scandal of Evangelical Mind

The Apostle Paul declared, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2). The task of the Christian in this troubled modern era is to remain unsoiled by the world, and embrace the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and his sacred scriptures. Those who fancy themselves as tolerant in this politically correct era are really more often than not intolerant of Christian moral norms and Christianity itself, or they seek to effect “a revolution within forms,” avowing support for Christianity in the abstract, but rejecting its most substantive doctrinal truths in practice.

Myself I’m intolerant. I have a credal basis for my intolerance rooted in belief in the authority of sacred scripture. I am intolerant of certain things: lifestyles, types of people based on their moral character and behavior, idolatry, revelry, thievery, wrong-doing, and wickedness. “My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path. . .” (Proverbs 1:15). “Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go” (Proverbs 22:24). “Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats” (Proverbs 23:6). “Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them.” (Proverbs 24:1). “I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators. . .” (1 Corinthians 5:9). “Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men” (Proverbs 4:14). “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14). “Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment” (Exodus 23:2). “They shall not dwell in thy land, lest they make thee sin against me: for if thou serve their gods, it will surely be a snare unto thee” (Exodus 23:33.) “Take heed to thyself, lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither thou goest, lest it be for a snare in the midst of thee. . .” (Exodus 34:12). “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful” (Psalm 1:1).

The Privilege of Telecommuting Requires “Massive Action”

      I have a job that’s essentially driven by my computer acumen, as a functionary straddling a role that covers business development, digital marketing, and public relations. This role weighs heavily on my information technology skills, which means it’s possible to do the job remotely. I have 2-3 days a week to work remotely now. It saves me a long commute. I endeavor to “redeem the time” to quote the Apostle Paul! The time ordinarily commuting in the morning can now be used to work.

      With every new job, there’s the characteristic adjustment period of orientation required to get in one’s zone of dedication, effort, and hard work, gaining effective traction, and trying to achieve a synergy with one’s supervisors and/or co-workers. I believe I have incrementally found my zone and I am gearing up for my break-out moment where I hope to accelerate productivity and plateau with greater strides.

      I believe this new endeavor requires dedication, a disciplined effort to separate work from distraction, and “Yes!” a willingness to over-deliver. Working from home is an awesome privilege, duty, and trust. Any employer would understandably want an accounting for my actions over the next few weeks to months, and a performance review.

      The Bible says “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might. . .” (Ecclesiastes 9:10). My devotional life as a Christian and my outside reading now turns me to the issue of sustaining a strong work ethic. It’s how I want to define myself and build up my personal brand. For instance, I am drawn to the popular ‘A Letter from Garcia‘ cited as an exemplar man of model character and work ethic. This letter is in accord with my earlier observance on ‘The sacrosanct character of labor and industry.’

      I believe in making a priority of my job, being grateful for the opportunity, as Grant Cardone writes: “If you want to have it all, you have to assume responsibility for everything.” Failure and negligence are not an option. “Goals are incredibly important to me,” observes Cardone. “I begin and finish each day by writing them down and reviewing them.” I prefer writing plans with cognizable goals and acting on them.

      Grant Cardone observes, “The marketplace only rewards excellence.” The punch-clock employee wants his breaks, and he insists upon them, and he speaks religiously of his government mandated 10-15 minute breaks every few hours. The dedicated achiever may take a break from time to time, but is not adamant on it; he’s not above working 8-10 hours straight, and following up after hours to touch up things, or advance a new project or research ways to improve his success and the success of his company. I am a believer in outside reading off-hours related specifically to the discipline of business, marketing, game theory, and strategy. While the average worker may speak of his rights as an employee pursuant to some government mandate, I will tell you of my duties and want of success. To be certain, there’s a place for rest, relaxation, and contemplation outside of work, and studies show that getting enough R and R is requisite to be an effective worker long-term.

      However success is not a mindset achieved by insisting upon constant overextended breaks. Too many breaks interrupt clarity of mission and focus on the job. Grant Cardone writes in The 10X Rule, “Success cannot be achieved by ‘normal’ levels of thoughts and actions.” Success is turning a a half-hour lunch break into at least 20-25 minutes of job productivity even if it means lugging the laptop along for the break. I am looking to work consistently at a steady, and at times feverish pace, knock out SEO back-links, work effectively with third party vendors, produce and write awesome digital marketing content, and undertake many essential functions of my job from business plan writing to social media marketing to implementing to Google AdWords campaigns to geo-fencing ads. Grant Cardone says a 10X mentality requires one to “Over-commit and over-deliver.” Average is not an option in this case.

      I’ve worked remotely beforehand, and it’s by far my favored form of work. There’s no stress attendant to commute when one telecommutes, nor down-time going to and from the office. That time is wisely invested working. The earlier in the morning the work day starts the better. Telecommuting (in part) reduces my cost of living, allows me to save more of my earnings, and become a growth hacker who helps optimize content for discovery and conversion. The opportunity warrants gratitude to my employer manifest in optimal productivity, and becoming a work-horse. My incentives are there to work well beyond 40+ hours, and with some time for exercise and dinner, I can jump back on the horse in the early evenings, and go that extra mile to do a stand-up job.

“Average is a failing plan! Average doesn’t work in any area of life. Anything that you give only average amounts of attention to will start to subside and will eventually cease to exist.”

Grant Cardone, The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure

“You have to approach the notion of success the way good parents approach their duty to their children; it’s an honor, an obligation, and a priority.”

Grant Cardone, The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure

The Importance of Work Ethic: ‘A Message to Garcia’

A Message to Garcia is a widely distributed essay written by Elbert Hubbard in 1899, expressing the value of individual initiative and conscientiousness in work. The succinct essay uses a dramatized version of a daring escapade performed by an American soldier, 1st Lt. Andrew S. Rowan, on the eve of the Spanish–American War. It describes Andrew S. Rowan carrying a message from President William McKinley to “Gen. Calixto García, a leader of the Cuban insurgents somewhere in the mountain vastness of Cuba—no one knew where.” The essay contrasts Rowan’s self-driven effort against “the imbecility of the average man—the inability or unwillingness to concentrate on a thing and do it.”

In Hubbard’s version of Rowan’s journey, President McKinley needed to communicate with Gen. Calixto Garcia, a leader of the Cuban insurgents.

[S]omeone said to the president there was ‘a fellow by the name of Rowan will find Garcia for you if anybody can.’ Rowan was sent for and given a letter to be delivered to Garcia. How the ‘fellow by the name of Rowan’ took the letter, sealed it up in an oilskin pouch, strapped it over his heart, in four days landed by night off the coast of Cuba from an open boat, disappeared into the jungle, and in three weeks came out on the other side of the Island, having traversed a hostile country on foot, and delivered his letter to Garcia – are things I have no special desire now to tell in detail.”

Hubbard accurately wrote that Rowan “landed … off the coast of Cuba from an open boat” but erred considerably in other factual recollections. All the rest, including McKinley’s need to communicate with Garcia and Rowan’s delivery of a letter to the general, was misrepresentation. However, the letter endures quintessential example of dedication and work ethic, which is what Andrew S. Rowan was said to embody. I draw influence from it.

A Letter from Garcia

by Elbert Hubbard, 1899

In all this Cuban business there is one man stands out on the horizon of my memory like Marsat perihelion.

When war broke out between Spain and the United States, it was very necessary to communicate quickly with the leader of the Insurgents.

Garcia was somewhere in the mountain vastness of Cuba — no one knew where. No mail or telegraph could reach him.

The President must secure his co-operation, and quickly. What to do?!

Someone said to the President, “There’s a fellow by the name of Rowan will find Garcia for you, if anybody can.”

Rowan was sent for and given a letter to be delivered to Garcia. How “the fellow by the name of Rowan” took the letter, sealed it up in an oil-skin pouch, strapped it over his heart, in four days landed by night off the coast of Cuba from an open boat, disappeared into the jungle, and in three weeks came out on the other side of the island, having traversed a hostile country on foot, and having delivered his letter to Garcia, are things I have no special desire now to tell in detail.

The point I wish to make is this: McKinley gave Rowan a letter to be delivered to Garcia; Rowan took the letter and did not ask, “Where is he at?” By the Eternal! There is a man whose form should be cast in deathless bronze and the statue placed in every college in the land. It is not book-learning young men need, nor instruction about this or that, but a stiffening of the vertebrae which will cause them to beloyal to a trust, to act promptly, concentrate their energies; do the thing – “carry a message to Garcia!”

General Garcia is dead now, but there are other Garcias.

No man, who has endeavored to carry out an enterprise where many hands were needed, but has been well-nigh appalled at times by the imbecility of the average man – the inability or unwillingness to concentrate on a thing and do it. Slipshod assistance, foolish inattention, dowdy indifference, and half-hearted work seem the rule; and no man succeeds, unless by hook or crook, or threat, he forces or bribes other men to assist him; or mayhap, God in His goodness performs a miracle, and sends him an Angel of Light for an assistant. You, reader, put this matter to a test: You are sitting now in your office—six clerks are within your call. Summon any one and make this request: “Please look in the encyclopedia and make a brief memorandum for me concerning the life of Corregio.” Will the clerk quietly say, “Yes, sir,” and go do the task? On your life, he will not. He will look at you out of a fishy eye, and ask one or more of the following questions:

Who was he?

Which encyclopedia?

Where is the encyclopedia? Was I hired for that?

Don’t you mean Bismarck?

What’s the matter with Charlie doing it?

Is he dead?

Is there any hurry?

Shan’t I bring you the book and let you look it up yourself?

What do you want to know for?

And I will lay you ten to one that after you have answered the questions, and explained how to find the information, and why you want it, the clerk will go off and get one of the two other clerks to help him find Garcia – and then come back and tell you there is no such man.Of course I may lose my bet, but according to the Law of Average, I will not.

Now if you are wise you will not bother to explain to your “assistant” that Corregio is indexed under the C’s, not in the K’s, but you will smile sweetly and say, “Never mind,” and go look it up yourself.

And this incapacity for independent action, this moral stupidity, this infirmity of the will, this unwillingness to cheerfully catch hold and lift, are the things thatput pure socialism so far into the future.

If men will not act for themselves, what will they do when the benefit of their effort is for all?

A first mate with knotted club seems necessary; and the dread of getting “the bounce” Saturday night holds many a worker in his place.

Advertise for a stenographer, and nine times out of ten who apply can neither spell nor punctuate – and do not think it necessary to.

Can such a one write a letter to Garcia?

“You see that bookkeeper,” said the foreman to me in a large factory.

“Yes, what about him?”

“Well, he’s a fine accountant, but if I’d send him to town on an errand, he might accomplish the errand all right, and, on the other hand, might stop at four saloons on the way, and when he got to Main Street, would forget what he had been sent for.”

Can such a man be entrusted to carry a message to Garcia? We have recently been hearing much maudlin sympathy expressed for the “downtrodden denizen of the sweat shop” and the “homeless wanderer searching for honest employment,”and with it all often go many hard words for the men in power.

Nothing is said about the employer who grows old before his time in a vain attempt to get frowsy ne’er-do-wells to do intelligent work; and his long patient striving with “help” that does nothing but loaf when his back is turned.

In every store and factory there is a constant weeding-out process going on. The employer is constantly sending away “help” that have shown their incapacity to further the interests of the business, and others are being taken on. No matter how good times are, this sorting continues, only if times are hard and work is scarce, this sorting is done finer – but out and forever out, the incompetent and unworthy go.

It is the survival of the fittest. self-interest prompts every employer to keep the best-those who can carry a message to Garcia. I know one man of really brilliant parts who has not the ability to manage a business of his own, and yet who is absolutely worthless to anyone else, because he carries with him constantly the insane suspicion that his employer is oppressing, or intending to oppress, him. He can not give orders, and he will not receive them.

Should a message be given him to take to Garcia, his answer would probably be, “Take it yourself.” Tonight this man walks the streets looking for work, the wind whistling through his threadbare coat. No one who knows him dare employ him, for he is a regular firebrand of discontent. He is impervious to reason, and the only thing that can impress him is the toe of a thick-soled No. 9 boot.

Of course I know that one so morally deformed is no less to be pitied than a physical cripple; but in your pitying, let us drop a tear, too, for the men who are striving to carry on a great enterprise, whose working hours are not limited by the whistle, and whose hair is fast turning white through the struggle to hold the line in dowdy indifference, slipshod imbecility, and the heartless ingratitude which, but for their enterprise, would be both hungry and homeless.

Have I put the matter too strongly? Possibly I have; but when all the world has gone a slumming, I wish to speak a word of sympathy for the man who succeeds – the man who, against great odds, has directed the efforts of others, and, having succeeded, finds there’s nothing in it: nothing but bare board and clothes. I have carried a dinner-pail and worked for a day’s wages, and I have also been an employer of labor, and I know there is something to be said on both sides. There is no excellence, per se, in poverty; rags are no recommendation; and all employers are not rapacious and high-handed, any more than all poor men are virtuous.

My heart goes out to the man who does his work when the “boss” is away, as well as when he is home. And the man who, when given a letter for Garcia, quietly takes the missive, without asking any idiotic questions, and with no lurking intention of chucking it into the nearest sewer, or of doing aught else but deliver it, never gets “laid off,” nor has to go on strike for higher wages. Civilization is one long anxious search for just such individuals. Anything such a man asks will be granted; his kind is so rare that no employer can afford to let him go. He is wanted in every city, town, and village – in every office, shop, store and factory. The world cries out for such; he is needed, and needed badly—the man who can

Carry a message to Garcia.

The Authority of God’s Word Endures in Spite of Sinful Man

“The collapse in evangelical doctrinal consensus is intimately related to the collapse in the understanding of, and role assigned to, Scripture as God’s Word spoken within the church.”
―Carl R. Trueman, Reformation: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, p. 98

The Apostle Paul under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, authoritatively avowed the veracity and divine inspiration of sacred scripture, declaring: “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” Sacred scripture’s truth endures in spite of the fads of this day and age, and wickedness of man’s hearts. We live in an age of considerable depravity. There’s no point in making a lamentation with a laundry list of the absurd depravity so commonplace in this corrupt modern world. “For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret” (Ephesians 5:12). God’s truth will endure in light of eternity, and He will trample underfoot all that offends His Heavenly Kingdom.

Johnny Cash – “The Man Comes Around” is a folk song rooted in Christian eschatology and the Revelation of the Apocalypse by God’s messenger, Saint John of Patmos.

Conservative Christians may risk persecution in an age of ‘Big Tech’ and ‘Woke Capitalism’

Today is an enigmatic time for conservative Christians in America and indeed throughout the Western world. Earlier President Trump expressed his concerns in August 2019 about the bias of social media platforms and search engines such as Google against conservatives and Christians. The President hinted that regulatory oversight maybe warranted to impact how they moderate their platforms and interact with those who hold views contrary to the liberal Big Tech elite.

John Nolte of Breitbart recently reported “Chick-fil-A is not even hiding the fact it is selling out its faith for a buck, choosing money over Christianity.” Formerly at the behest of its now deceased founder Truett Cathy, the restaurant chain enjoyed the goodwill of Christian Americans for the practice of closing on Sunday, the traditional Christian sabbath, allowing his workers the opportunity for religious observance. The restaurant also financially supported a number of Christian charities, but recently relented support for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes under pressure from progressive activists.

Matthew Continetti of the American Enterprise Institute penned an insightful article entitled: “Woke capitalism is a sign of things to come.” Therein Continetti offers a persuasive polemic against a phenomenon dubbed “woke capitalism” that may loosely be defined as the efforts of major corporations to subordinate their business interests to furtherance of progressive social engineering agendas. Make no mistake, these businesses have hypocritically issued threatening letters holding state legislatures hostage under the threat of economic blackmail dictating their desired social agendas, all the while they hypocritically submit to the dictates of Red China’s Communist Party government in shaping their corporate policies around the totalitarian dictatorship’s desired-for political correctness, and even help secure its state policies of censorship.

As an American, I enjoy freedoms protected by the Bill of Rights, such as freedom of speech and religion. In Europe at the behest of Democratic Socialists and Labour Parties, they’ve introduced in essence what amounts to Thought Crimes. People can be prosecuted and jailed for instance for homeschooling their children or evangelizing on an open street, and sharing the Christian Gospel. In the United States, we’re posed with the very geniune risk that as a deepening culture of political correctness ensues, individuals in this malaise will be susceptible to retaliation and conformist corporate culture about views held in their private lives. The government itself as onerous as it can be at times may not be the primary purveyor of this abuse, but rather private corporations. I have decided not to compartmentalize my traditional conservatism nor faith in Christianity, but embrace a degree of transparency, but also consciously avoid living in the vicinity of hardcore liberal enclaves such as Austin, Boston, Chicago, Raleigh-Durham, San Francisco, or Seattle. I believe I can articulate and defend my faith in apologetic, persuasive and conciliatory terms (2 Timothy 2:24-25). Much the same can be said of my politics. My business persona doesn’t go out of its way to reference my private Christian faith and conservative views in business on any regular basis, nor do I go out of my way to scrub my private life and omit reference to my faith either. My concern at work is work. I am a Christian foremost, and an American in my national allegiance, and a traditional conservative. I typically find consolation when working with or for conservative Christians.

But I fear the future of a conformist corporate culture that starts to make demands and impositions upon people’s private lives while impugning my pro-life traditional Christian views, my faith, and my patriotism as an American. I just have to grin and bear the future. But I do so without much in the way of optimism for the future. Much of the current events worries me about the emergence of the global anti-culture, and overbearing political correctness afflicting the Christian Church, the United States of America, and the West today.