We are seeing the up and coming generation of disbelief – the increase of people who stand for nothing, who have faith in nothing, who swear by nothing, who believe in nothing, and would die for nothing. To these people, chivalry is dead, God is dead, and the only things that matter are what they can put their hands on (and even then, only what’s directly in front of them). These are the people who never feel too strongly about anything, because at some point in their life they might have to defend their stand.

There just doesn’t seem to be very much commitment in these people’s lives. And before you think I’m just being a Negative Nancy, it’s just been my observation lately. Commitment (in this sense), however, is something much deeper than simply a stubborn bull-headedness, or a rude, self-assured, blasé attitude toward everything.

Take, for instance, something so simple (simple??) as religion. How many people do you know these days that actually admit to believing anything with a real conviction? This differs from merely attending a church, synagogue, mosque, etc. I’m talking about defending one’s belief system even if it’s not the popular attitude anymore. A Catholic no longer “keeps Lent” as in days past when abstinence and fasting were the norm. Now, you’re either shamed, or scoffed at, if you “give up something,” simply because the status quo is to “take up something” instead (and no, I’m not promulgating that every Catholic needs to give up something for Lent; it’s just an example I’m using).

There’s so much changing in our changing world – so much so that nothing requires belief, commitment, or conviction anymore. Even marriage among heterosexuals has declined over the years because they don’t want to commit. How often have we heard couples proclaim, “We don’t need a paper from the state to keep us together!” They’re perfectly happy just living together, because, in reality, without the marriage they can walk away free and clear any time they want.

Perhaps we’re at a time where need to step out of our comfort zone and allow ourselves that momentary feeling of uncertainty – take a chance we never would have, or try something new we never would have thought to try, or eat a food that doesn’t necessarily look appealing to us. After all, if we never try something new because it might make us feel uncertain or uncomfortable (or sick…), then we’d still be eating nothing but strained carrots from a baby food jar. By taking those little chances, we may just find something about which we’re passionate – something we’d be willing to defend “to the hilt.”

Life is too short to be taken too seriously. But there are also times that we should have a purpose in our lives – something about which we’re passionate.

Can you list three things in your life that you’re willing to defend?