[December 30, 2020] In late 1981, I received a call from a good friend, Stanley, who lives in Pennsylvania. He said, “You gotta watch this lady talking on the television.” Later, I discovered it was a Catholic nun that went by ‘Mother Angelica.’ She was tough. If you didn’t measure up, she would call you out quick. By her thinking, we are a bunch of wimps.
As we approach the end of the year, I thought perhaps this would be a good time to write about something that’s been on my mind for several years. I love America. I’m an American Patriot. But I’m also not blind to the fact that Americans are emboldened to be wimps.
America is the nation that tossed the Brit’s tea in Boston Harbor, crossed the continent in covered wagons, fought four major wars in the 20th century, went to the moon, and made every nation on earth envious of our intellectual, economic, and military prowess. What did the heck happen to us? Is it because our schools and families teach us to be wimps; weak, fearful, self-centered, and timid?
There is an article on the Townhall website that asks the same question.1 Why are we a bunch of wimps? The author, John Hawkins, writes that the United States is turning into a “wuss factory” that is turning out people who are offended by everything.
Mr. Hawkins blames it on the fact that fewer folks have served in the military, that our society has prospered economically to the point of decadence, that liberalism encourages wimpiness, etc. But, he says, “… the biggest problem we have is that we’re systematically teaching our kids to be wusses.” Read his article, and you’ll like it.
“Holiness is not for wimps, and the cross is not negotiable, sweetheart, it’s a requirement.” – Mother Angelica of the Annunciation
Mother Angelica was an extraordinary nun. She was what we needed back then in 1981 and what we need now. People need leadership, and Mother Angelica provided that leadership. Sadly, she passed away at age 92 in 2016. But, she left a legacy of Catholic philosophy that everyone can appreciate.
She did not suffer fools gladly, like so many of our institutions today that tolerate crime, drug use, and sexual “creativity.” Mother Angelica embraced forgiveness and compassion yet rejected pride, prejudice, hatred, and self-indulgence around ourselves that has become the go-to methodology of so many despotic governments that also encourages trashing of the Christian faith.
We live in a world that stresses personal goals, careers, and happiness. The emphasis is on the individual and how we can satisfy ourselves. But that is not the road to real happiness, for we remain and will be, for now, a community of wussies.
Note: This article is part of a long-running series on leader trends. I recommend the reader use the search feature for hunting them down on my website.