[April 25, 2022] Driving with my 15-year-old in the car and listening to the radio was great for our father-daughter relationship. We got to talk, relax, and see the countryside. I’d purposefully selected a radio station that played current music appealing to teenagers, or so I thought.
This car trip was in 2003, shortly after I’d been ordered overseas with my unit. Playing on the radio was a song by the Spice Girls, a famous British singing group. My daughter, Audrey, spoke up and said, “Hey dad, why are you playing oldies from the 90s?” I was about to get an introduction to Urban slang, popular music groups and discover several teenager fashions and fads and what young folks do to have a little fun. Most of what my daughter educated me on was innocent, and I’m thankful for that.
The Spice Girls’ music is fun to listen to. It’s harmless and mindless but rebellious in spirit. That is why it is so enticing. In my teenage years, The Beatles’ British singing group was popular, the pet rock was ‘The’ thing, and banana-seat bicycles were groovy. Harmless? Yes.
There were also several sinister fashions, fads, and promises of fun. Terrorism, usually self-styled revolutionary movements, has been in vogue since the 1950s. Today, many are still popular and heavily financed by rogue states worldwide, ignoring the great havoc their ‘soldiers’ wreck upon the innocent. Dangerous drugs continuously evolve with lavish promises of no-cost fun and enlightenment. Alcohol remains a great escape and destroyer of human lives. And many simple ideologies promise instant solutions to all our problems with devastating long-term results.
Many fashionable causes, fads, and promises of fun are enticing. They promise much and require little individual responsibility to accomplish anything other than voice your support. We are told that we are morally superior to those not with our cause. You can show your superiority through virtue signaling – a public expression of your opinion to show your moral correctness. This behavior is accomplished through social media, purchasing pre-approved products, affinity with historical victim groups, shaming non-believers, suppression of free speech, cultural appropriation, and groupthink.
The danger is evident to those who study history. The 20th century provides a stark lesson to how fashionable ideas turn out when in the hands of evil people.
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