Whenever topics surrounding social justice come up, it’s not uncommon for certain phrases or responses to come up again and again. Although the specific wording might vary, the phrases share similar characteristics in common: they’re dismissive and are meant to shut down the conversation without acknowledging any need or responsibility for solving the problem under discussion. It’s not uncommon for otherwise well-meaning people to use these specious phrases because of fundamentally flawed initial assumptions.
Modesty isn’t just about the way you dress. Modesty is also about your attitude and how you carry yourself.
So let’s talk about Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Back when Trudeau became PM, I saw my Facebook feed explode with how good-looking this guy is. Politicians should be serious people, not inspire unclean thoughts in millions of women.
Back in 2011, Justin Trudeau performed a striptease for charity. So, he took his clothes off for money. Do you know what we call that?
Trudeau used to be a boxer.
Why is he still in office? Look at how he’s showing off!
Look here at how hard he tries to show he is more than just a pretty face. It must be tough to have people be surprised that a handsome man is also intelligent. He should have thought of that before playing up to the cameras.
Yes, we have talked about smiling. A smile is the best thing a man can wear, second only to modest dress. But, just like certain clothing can make a man look like a slut, so too can too much smiling.
The marketing campaign that made everyone fear deficits was a brilliant one. Politicians have been using that fear to fake economic policies ever since then, to the detriment of everyone. One of the favorite comparisons out there regarding the budget of any country is the one to the household budget. Different candidates wax poetic about the importance of living within one’s means and how the same rules must apply to a country and so forth and so on.
The idea of living within one’s means is one that often gets trotted out to “teach” poor people not to be poor, under the mistaken belief that the poverty is the fault of the people living within it.
Like any person actually living in poverty will tell you, it’s not really about not spending money you don’t have, but making sure that such expenses pay dividends. No one lives within their means, except for the very poor. For everyone else, there are credit cards, mortgages, financing, and so forth. All of which are examples of spending more than you make.
It’s the very poor, who don’t qualify for those loans, people on disability, on welfare, homeless people, who live entirely within their means because they don’t have the privilege of not doing that. Where the problem arises is that “within their means” does not equate to “while having the basic necessities needed for survival”.