Welcome to this edition of The Preppy Chronicles. For those of you just joining the discussion here at the Chronicles, a brief summary of the current series. It all began April 28th 2011 during my morning meditation time, sitting in the dark, save the light of the crescent moon. I just began to cry, Weep is a better word now that I think about it for no apparent reason. Being a High WASP, I have no proclivity to weep without reason. I was exceedingly stunned as the tears flowed. Between weeping and a gut wrenching wail, I wrote the first post. The Road Less Traveled.
Through-out the next set of posts, I began to explore the deep history of my roots.
My family came to this country in 1635, I have had to do a bit of digging, but what I have discovered about my family’s history as well as, this country’s, is that there is a vast difference between those that arrived here in 1607, 1630,1635.
The three groups of sojourners had their own ideas and agendas for coming here, had their own ideas about the religious life and the civil life and how that they connected. They had their own conception of God and their own versions of the Bible, and exceptionally clear ideas about the roles that sex and marriage were to play in their everyday lives. What I believe to be of considerable importance, and I found strangely comforting, is that conformity to these roles was expected and deviating from the accepted norm had dire consequences to you and your family. By the 1770’s, the daily existence of the colonists was a blend of these three belief systems.
The stark reality of the time is that if you belonged to one of theses three groups you would be tolerated. If you were of any other religious conviction, you were not tolerated; thus, I stand by my earlier statement that this country was founded, not on the belief of tolerance but of intolerance and that the political of 1774-6 was not about religion as that was already settled in the minds of the framers.
The settlers of 1607 were of the Anglican persuasion, and the settlers of 1620 were a variety of Anglican & Protestant. The settlers of 1630 were overwhelmingly Puritan. Originally, the colonies of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland were known as “ Plantations of religion ” This meant that since you were a professed Protestant, you were welcome to enjoy your beliefs in a public manner. These Plantations welcomed Baptists as well as Quakers, Shakers, and the Amish.
What is of interest is although these people had just fled the inforced uniformity of religion, as it has been called, they eagerly to embrace it in the new world.
Why does any of this matter ?
My belief is that for me to understand the religious views that have been passed down to me my family and my church, I must understand what were the views of the time. Furthermore, I must understand the structure of the time. I need to do this because my family settled in various parts of the new world. I must explore my Southern as well as my Northern history.
I have also come to have an understanding that what God has to say concerning matters of my life and beliefs that I have held over the years, usually are in sync. There are a few areas that we diverge or at least what I have been taught and what I am discovering to be truth differ.
Again, Why does any of this matter? It matters because, we as a nation have a history. A history that has been forgotten, and been altered to suite those that want America to be this Great Melting Pot of Everything. What is missing is the proper filter of what is going into the pot.
I believe this to be truth: Ones Spiritual belief system, is directly reflected in ones political views and how you conduct your everyday life. There is an immense amount of good in America, there is also a lot of self-will run riot. The notion that one’s spiritual life has nothing to do with one’s politics would not have even been a thought process that these men and women would have engaged in.
As I delve not only into the belief systems, into the reading material of the day, namely the BIBLE. Which versions of the Bible were being used by each of the three groups. It is my hope that I will find out a bit more about my own beliefs.
I am happy to report that any crisis of conviction that I might have had, has been resolved. I am going to continue this series because, one of the main purposes of this blog is to set the record straight concerning our tribes history.
I know that this is not hard-hitting journalism, but because I as a Preppy and a WASP, I have had a bit of confusion about what is the truth and what being taught. I felt that an investigation was called for. Please understand that you do not have to embrace what you read, do your own research. What I have discovered about me through this journey, notice I did not use the term myself, because this journey is about my innermost belief system. How much am I like my family that came to these shores in 1635, and how much am I different ?