Saturday, April 26, 2008

Aspects of California that I don't like

Can be found in this post over at The American Scene: Paradise Found

Even the positive things, such as the interracial harmony the author mentions, I would argue are based on tolerance and having a common cultural background, as well as certain common interests that are defined by that culture. But has he visited the poorer parts of the major metropolitan areas? There are plenty of interracial tensions there. If one enjoys the natural scenery of California (away from people) or the joys of shopping in malls and has the money to do so, then it is natural that this person would like the coastal areas of California.

Much needs to be done with respect to the evangelization of the people and culture of California, and the typical suburban parish in the diocese of San Jose, or probably the other dioceses in California as well [though Sacramento seems to be improving], is ill-equipped for the task, since it does not challenge people to rethink their lifestyle but reinforces it in subtle and overt ways.

Fortunately, I have not been forced to listen to a pointless homily in a long time. But I don't think one is likely to hear one about sustainability or "communitarianism" any time soon. Perhaps in an Orthodox church.

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