Very few doubt that times are tumultuous in the United States. That doesn't mean life here isn't great; even the poor experience massive amounts of wealth compared to many other nations of the world.
But the election of President Donald Trump has brought to the forefront great protest from the political left, with many, many people marching and protesting Trump as President, for varied reasons.
There seems to be an unspoken agreement among the Left, especially the young Left, that protest is a good thing; that stopping Trump and his supporters is a morally good thing to do, even if violence and destruction of property (often the property of poor minorities they claim to stand up for) is used in the process.
I was inspired when I read someone saying they were pleased to see people "standing up for what they believe in" in spite of the violence, as if standing up for what you believe is, in itself, virtuous.
I don't believe it is.
Allow me to explain this counter-cultural and incendiary statement with an example: If someone believed that murder was good, and they stood up for what they believed in by defending murderers and murdering others themselves, this is obviously not virtuous.
Or, if someone passionate believes that littering is wrong, but they "stand up for what they believe" by going to a park and shooting someone who tosses trash on the ground, this is obviously wrong.
Both examples involve people standing up for what they believe in. Both are wrong and immoral.
We live in a culture of young people who are ready to stand up for what they believe, but unwilling to critically analyze what they believe. Young people seem baffled that their unexamined views are being ignored by the many of us who know better. But unfortunately, we are unable to convey knowledge of the truth to a generation that has never been taught to think critically or to think beyond their own feelings.