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God Help the Outcasts

Of all places who would have thought that a disney song would perfectly point out the flaws in the mind of some politicians and their supporters?

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is not the most famous Disney movie, but it’s still a classic. I mean, really, what girl wasn’t just a little jealous of Esmeralda? >insert dancing emoji<

As I was skimming though Netflix for a distraction while I “read” for class, I found this old favorite of mine.

Enter music scene, God Help the Outcasts. Esmeralda is strolling through the cathedral as she claims sanctuary from the evil Frollo. I’m sure most of you are familiar with the song, and if not I put the lyrics at the end from Wikia, movie version. {You’re welcome for getting that song stuck in your head}

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As the song played, I couldn’t help but be reminded of our current political chaos, also known as election season.

There are certain candidates that speak of being Christian all the time: in every speech, at rallies, on their social media pages. However, a lot of other things they say are inherently not Christian. There are also many things they do that are not Christian.

I am Christian. I am not your stereotype Christian. So you can’t say I don’t know what I’m talking about. I’m Catholic, and I believe in helping those less fortunate. But I actually believe it. I don’t just say I’m Christian. I am not Christian for show. I am Christian. That’s one problem today; any person can say they are spiritual and regurgitate verses and sermons back to you. But how people act and their political views tend to be very different than what comes out of their mouths.

[Note: I AM NOT STEREOTYPING PEOPLE. I am saying things I have noticed in my life, things I have seen with my own eyes, things I have witnessed from friends and those around me. Now, this may be a small population sample I’m using to draw my conclusions, but just please keep in mind that this is all my post is about….what I have noticed in my twenty-odd years on this lovely planet}

Anyway, let us break down these lyrics so you know what I am talking about.

The beginning: the fictional character states how she herself is a gypsy (aka an outcast of society) but then she questions how God (or Jesus in this case) was an outcast, too, when He was here on Earth. Isn’t that a pillar of the Christian faith? Jesus was a nobody to the people around Him. He was a Jew. He was poor. He was born into a family of unwed parents. He was crowned with thrones and forced to carry a cross for miles…in the HEAT OF THE DAY. I’d say that’s pretty outcast-like for the time period.

I think some people forget how the roots of Christianity and God himself are in favor of outcasts, those less fortunate, those selfless genuine kind beings. I know it’s hard to not feel better than people around you when you’re filled with faith and spirituality, but that’s completely opposite of how we are told to be as Christians. You are supposed to lower yourself. Why do we support politicians and people who act like they are better than everyone else, then?

Why do so many of the politicians today want to ignore those less fortunate? Weren’t we always told Jesus could be that homeless man you walked by, or that single mom you judged, or that refugee who is literally running for his or her life that you shunned?

It is very easy to donate some clothes to the Salvation Army or give some canned goods to a local soup kitchen (and it’s really good to do that, I’m not diminishing this work). But it is also easy to create laws and regulations to hinder those same people who need help.

I know security is important to consider such as in the case of refugees, but more importantly, my point is that some candidates throw their faith into your face while also vehemently urging for a giant wall to keep everyone out from freedom. What if Jesus was on the other side of that wall? I know it’s not a simple answer, I understand that. But, I also want to really point out how the deep values of a political party are not always in line with the deep foundations of faith.

[[Deuteronomy 15:11 For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’]]

How people behave is more of an indicator of faith, not what they say.
Continuing with the song, the parishioners in the scene are mocking the image of Christians. They depict churchgoers as asking for their own blessings, their own desires, not true needs. It makes you think. Then comes Esmeralda back saying she’s asking for nothing but only asking for Him to help others who are less fortunate than her (a little background, gypsies were not rich by any means and usually had to rely on manual labor to get some spare change). I think this part really opens up our minds of society today how we always ask, ask, ask for more for ourselves. How often do we solely pray for someone else or pray for those strangers out there who are less fortunate than us? Can you honestly say you have done that recently?

Lastly, the song finishes with the plead to help the poor and downtrodden. According to the dictionary: Downtrodden = (adj) oppressed or treated badly by people in power

Power can include knowledge, monetary, gender, or character powers. Men generally have more power than women. Those who are rich generally have more power than poorer people. Aggressive, competitive, demanding people generally have more power than quieter, peaceful, agreeable people (no matter the education level). Certain degrees and careers have power over others. This is downtrodden in today’s age: the middle to lower class, the less educated, non-science or political majors, the less financially set, women, and minorities.

Aren’t we all children of God? Aren’t men, women, heterosexuals, homosexuals, paler skinned, tanner skinned, tall, short, fat, skinny, graduate level educated, high school level educated, and everyone in between all children of God?

Aren’t the children who suffer from poor education laws downtrodden? Aren’t minorities who are treated unequally downtrodden? Aren’t the ecosystems and people affected by climate change downtrodden? Aren’t those who are denied equal rights and genuine aid downtrodden?

It’s a tough thing to think about, and I thank everyone who kept reading this blog until the end. It’s hard to write about it and put my thoughts out for everyone to read. But it’s also harder to sit back and not say anything. I hope I helped at least one person think about this deeper.

Thank you for reading, friend.
xOX
[[1 John 3:17 But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?]]
[[ Other interesting articles:

http://www.relevantmagazine.com/life/current-events/op-ed-blog/28298-why-i-am-a-christian-democrat

http://www.relevantmagazine.com/life/current-events/op-ed-blog/28192-why-i-am-a-christian-republican ]]

God Help The Outcasts
–   Disney Version

Esmeralda:

I don’t know if You can hear me,

Or if You’re even there.

I don’t know if You would listen

To a gypsy’s prayer.

Yes, I know I’m just an outcast,

I shouldn’t speak to You.

Still, I see Your face and wonder…

Were You once an outcast, too?

God help the outcasts,

Hungry from birth,

Show them the mercy

They don’t find on earth,

God help my people,

We look to You, still.

God help the outcasts,

Or nobody will.

Parishioners:

I ask for wealth

I ask for fame

I ask for glory to shine on my name

I ask for love I can possess

I ask for God and His angels to bless me!

Esmeralda:

I ask for nothing

I can get by.

But I know so many

Less lucky than I.

Please help my people,

The poor and downtrodden.

I thought we all were

The children of God.

God help the outcasts,

Children of God!

 

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8 Things You Know You’ve Done

You know you’ve done each and every one of these things. Don’t lie to yourself. Or me.

  1. Slowing down as you are passing a cop with radar hoping the radar only catches your speed when you literally right in front of the police car
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  2. Drinking cold water after burning your tongue or throat hoping it would un-burn you
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  3. Trying to delete a text while it’s still sending in hopes that stops it from going through
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  4. Eating an entire pizza by yourself and immediately start walking around to attempt to freeze the calories in time
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  5. Punching someone in the neck while going in for a hug because you couldn’t figure out whose arms were going on top
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  6. Paying your credit card frantically hoping that every minute you save you don’t get the full interest.
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  7. Tearing the grocery bag, giving yourself a hernia, and popping a blood vessel in your face while you struggle to make only one trip up the stairs after shopping
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  8. Watering your plant after it has already turned yellow-brown…it can come back from this, right?
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8 Challenges for the Summer

Don’t just sit on the couch for three months. Set some goals. Have some laughs. Don’t end up like most of the people in these GIFs.

  1. Learn new water tricks to show off at the beach or pool

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Everyone just goes to the pool or beach and lays on a towel. I mean, how impressive can that be? Don’t just be a beach bum and lie there slowing burning and thus, dying. Take this guy for example, he is trying really hard to impress someone. Challenge here: Impress someone with something new you’ve learned

  1. Get a part-time or flexible side job

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Look into babysitting or being a nanny. You literally get paid to play with toys, and then sit in a home watching TV. Sure you need to be fully prepared for anything that could happen, but it is also a really fun job. I mean look at this woman, she obviously knows how to babysitting correctly. Knock the kid out early on, and you’re golden. Challenge here: Twerk so hard it sends someone to the ground.

  1. Go to the gym a couple of times to get yourself into a routine for the fall

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Don’t worry about those people doing hardcore workouts and posting about it every day. Do it your way, on your time, and at your pace. But just do it. Look into different types of classes or workouts, experiment. Kickboxing, yoga, volleyball, Frisbee, swimming, whatever! There are plenty of options to get fit and many places to go to get your workout on…like a bathroom apparently. Challenge here: Don’t deface property.

  1. Try new foods

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Venturing outside your comfort-zone-palette can be good for you. Try a new ethnic food or go out to a new (but cheap, of course) drive-thru, oh I mean restaurant. Try actually cooking food that does not require a microwave, or expand your food horizon to foods that do not need hot water added to it. Challenge here: Eat a new food and wear it somehow.

  1. Don’t spend your precious summer time worrying about your future/life

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Summer is time for great adventures, relaxing, stress-free planning, and sleeping. It is our only time to really detoxify our minds. If you must plan something about your future, do it slowly and peacefully. There are no time constraints during June-August! Challenge here: Don’t go full-Schmidt and panic.

  1. Don’t date for the sake of a summer-fling

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That only happens in movies, or when people forget they live in the real world. Be single and happy about it during the summer. It is three months of just focusing on YOU. Plus, let’s face it, how do people actually meet anyone in the summer anyway? On the plane for an hour? Walking down the same streets you walk down every day out of the year? I do not know where people find summer-flings that they cannot find during the year. What could you possibly be doing that is so much different than the other months of your life? Challenge here: Practice your sassy comebacks.

  1. Cross something off of your bucket list

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First, make a bucket list because it is cool and helps you realize how little you have actually done in your life so far. Then mark something off, so you can feel better about yourself! Even if it seems impossible, write it down because  when you accomplish it, you feel invincible. Kind of like Batman. Except when Bane threw him in the sewer that one time. Don’t be that version of Batman. Challenge here: Don’t be lame.

  1. Go somewhere new, whether it is in the same state that you live in or a new state or new country

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Traveling really changes a person. Seeing how other people live and how different the world looks in other locations can make you a smarter person. Staying in the same place your whole life makes you lose appreciation for places and people. Travel, explore, and get out! Challenge here: Get as wanderlust as possible, and then beg people for money so you can travel even more.

Or make your own 8 challenges. Whatever works.

xOx

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How College did Prepare Me for Life

  1. Being social

That constant crave to be popular on Instagram, Twitter (back in the day), Facebook, Tumblr, whatever and be social also actually did prove to be helpful. The job market is very much a Who-You-Know type place. Trying to be social online sometimes equated to being social in person because how awkward is it to like all of someone’s photos on social media and not feel like friends in person? Plus, you never know when you may need to hunt someone down after not seeing them for 10 years and beg (I mean ask persistently) for a job. So, suck up now and like all those relentless posts of them with “bae,” those downward shots of the Starbucks coffee, and their bare legs at the poolside. You may need them later for a recommendation.

  1. Surviving off of caffeine and limited sleep

Who knew that life after undergrad would be just as tiring and busy as it was those four years? I remember hearing someone say they were told that life is only going to get more hectic from here on out, and I also remember not believing that person. I take it back. Not only are you either working or being a graduate student full time, but you are also juggling life changes, moving, career choices, relationships, money, and adult-like responsibilities. It’s just exhausting. What’s worse is that you can’t even afford Starbucks like you did in undergrad when you were still on your parents’ bill. Now Dunkin Donuts small coffees look better, or maybe even venture to the gas station if it’s a really rough month. At least all those late nights in undergrad were really just training for the big test. Although, those late nights were due to major procrastination, parties, or doing anything considered pointless yet fun. The late nights now are due to the lack of time in the day to get all your chores done and attempt to piece together your life.

  1. Fake it to make it

Don’t lie to yourself. You know you have all had an essay exam or a term paper that you just pulled stuff out of a certain body region and through it into the paper. Miraculously, you managed to get an above average grade, too. If this has happened, you have officially been deemed a faker (to-make-it). This little tactic will help you go in your post-grad life. You have to fake it to make it in interviews, on your resume, at internships where you have no idea what you’re supposed to do, and acting like your life is pieced together. When you run into old classmates and friends from college, you need to act like you have your stuff together; you can’t let anyone really know how panicky you are. I mean, I act like I have mapped out my whole life. Joke is on you, who believe me.

  1. How to properly be cheap

Raise your hand if you’re rolling in the dough. Smack whoever put their hand up! No one our age should be rolling in the dough. Or else you are doing life wrong. And cheating. It’s not fair. So stop. But for the rest of us normal-folk, we are a little cheap when it comes to spending. We know where the ramen noodle aisle is, we know how long our gas light can be on before the car just stops, we have Amazon prime to save on shipping, and we know where to eat based off what coupons we managed to snag from a school coupon booklet. It’s actually gotten to the point where we are so good at it that we should put it under the ‘skills’ section of our resume.

  1. How useless things really are

Not only are a majority of the classes we took in undergrad useless, we did not learn things we actually need to know in life. For example, what is a 401K? Or how does one take care of a home? Or what tax exemptions can we use? Or what budgeting our money properly? Instead we took easy gen-ed courses to keep a high GPA and not have to work very hard. Looking back, all those hours studying at the library and cramming in an essay before the deadline seem very useless now. Why did I care so much about Calculus or Statistics when Excel can just do all the work for me? Why did I write thousands of words on a piece of artwork just for a humanities? Internships, jobs, and graduate school give you more information on how to survive a career and life. Working and getting real life experience are so much more valuable and useful. At least it was a four-year long party in undergrad! Now to start from scratch….

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Lastly, I learned this. And by Vitamin C, I mean drinking some orange juice and saying a quick prayer before running across the street.

xOx

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