The Clean Life: Part II

By Christopher Golden

Chief Opinions Editor

Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, February 22, 2012


 As the Spring 2012 semester is well under way at Holy Cross, one might notice that the campus isn't necessarily the same place that it was in mid-December Most notably, is the presence of a new president, Father Boroughs. Similar to my article in the last issue of The Crusader, I would like to take the time to go on a very brief digression. I would like to welcome Father Boroughs to Holy Cross. Unfortunately, I have had quite the hectic schedule in the beginning of the semester, and was not able to attend any official events. That being said, I look forward to the numerous strengths and ideas that Father Boroughs brings to the table in order to continue the excellent administration Holy Cross has been blessed with.
   With that being said, I will continue along the path that I started way back in December, when I mentioned the polarization inherent throughout America at the mention of one, Timothy Tebow. To repeat, Tim Tebow is one of the most glaring examples of what it means to have a "clean" lifestyle, or to be thought of as the "nice" or "good" guy. He visits the sick, he has a plethora of charitable activities, and he doesn't get into fights. He has a pretty level head on his shoulder. Essentially, he is not your typical athlete. You do not see him shooting himself in the leg at parties, getting into fights at parties, or dancing wildly like a goon at a party after a tough loss. However, he has been at parties, but it is mere coincidence that I mention all parties, and at those parties some other athletes have garnered a good amount of negative press for antics. Tebow, not so much. The guy lives an incredibly clean lifestyle, and yet many people seem to have a problem with that.
   Why does a "cleaner" lifestyle have to involve rancor and insult? Why does somebody who chooses to live in such a style be dismissively called a "prude," or a "tool?" Does the fact that they to not partake in certain activities automatically make them boring, or any less of a person? Experience and what I here through the grapevine would lead me to assume so. I will not lie that the culture of young people is awful these days, especially on the college campus. As I have said before, you either fit the certain "mold" or you don't, and God help you if you don't. I've heard so many girls complain about "nice guys" not being around. Frankly, you have no idea what a nice guy is, because I can guarantee that there are several in front of you if you take one second to open your eyes, remove the blinders, or get the rosy-colored glasses off. It would seem that there are two dimensions, the "nice guy," and the "ew, he's a tool, guy." Living cleanly, and by that I mean "not putting yourself into compromising situations," is not a sin. I think it is admirable, but I'm probably in the minority here. I do not think refusing to touch a drop of alcohol, or a cigarette is grounds to completely alienate somebody. Yet, partaking in those activities does not make you a bad person either, just wanted to point that out!
   So the question remains, why do some consider a lifestyle of "not taking chances" so lame and pathetic? In my opinion, there are a few reasons. First, I would say it is jealousy. Somebody is upset that they lack the discipline and mental fortitude to say no, and they just want to bring another down by demeaning them. They are insecure, and want to feel better by making somebody feel insecure about their own choices, so that the former can feel great about their own choices. Second, I would say pure spite. A person sees somebody different, and decides that they are pathetic. There is no rhyme or reason to it, the one person just generally has these notions that there is a certain lifestyle to live, and those that do not partake in it are simply lost, or not worthy to even recognize. Finally, I would say that there is the "bandwagon effect." Everybody else, probably in one of the first two categories is ragging on somebody, so why not? There might be good people out there whose friends choose to look down on somebody. There could be incentive to join. Finally, there is the "fear of the unknown." Somebody sees a lifestyle that they don't often see, the clean one, and they do not see a lot of it. Therefore, it might be totally new to them, and they are just uncomfortable or surprised at one's choices. This group of people has no ill will, but is just unsure of what to think, not necessarily looking down, but not praising.
   Of course, many are probably just plain indifferent, but nonetheless, prior experience has told me that the clean lifestyle is looked down upon more often than not. Go to any "comments" section on a Tebow article, any article, and see the drivel posted there. Again, I'm not saying there is only one lifestyle, but some do subjectively call a certain set of actions "clean living." Think of Ned Flanders on "The Simpsons," the stereotypical "goody two shoes" who does nothing wrong and you'll get my point. For the record, I am not saying smoking or drinking makes you unclean, but there is a label that can be applied to those that do not partake in those activities. Think "prude." Can't we all just get along and agree to disagree? I certainly don't care about other's lifestyles; unless I am affected in a negative way. I encourage you to do the same. Besides, why not like what Tebow stands for? His style is refreshing in terms of celebrities these days!


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