It struck me recently, the ginormous stupidity of some of the things many of us, self included, have accepted as common wisdom.
One of these things is this — if someone lets you down, then you immediately take that hurt and reject an entire industry. So if one politician turns out to abuse your trust, you throw in the towel on all politicians, and look askance at any politician.
This is childish overgeneralization.
Yes, I am aware of the pitfalls of certain industries — movies, politics, the ministry, sports — and the challenges they pose to anyone who wants to be in them with integrity. However, the instant that you throw up your hands and say, “That’s it! No-one in the XXXXX industry is any good,” you’ve entered the realm of childish overgeneralization.
Life is about good and evil, and that means no matter how bad the odds, no matter how long the shot, no matter how improbable the situation looks, that we not only have hope, but that we have an unsurpassed victory. We are children of the most improbable event in history — the Incarnation — and so odds, appearances, and common wisdom are merely fluff. Politically, we are children of another improbable event — the American Revolution. Just when did we start thinking that appearances are truthful and that odds defeat conviction?
Conviction is a magnet. Principle attracts. Courage brings adrenaline. Remember all those movies where the hero gives a great speech to the troops, they take heart, and then go on to victory? How probable is it that they would win?
It’s time to lay aside common wisdom and instead pursue the vision that comes from our convictions.