I don't know how to word this in a short, quick way. But what do you do when the opinions of those at your school differ with those of people in your Church?
I've found that in my past, I try to listen to more "academic" and "well-read" sources than I listen to average people on issues of politics and current events... Yet, I've found I've still been in the wrong when it comes down to it.
I listened to people who said that during a certain mayoral election, that one guy should be elected, so I supported him based on the idea that things would get better (from well-read sources) and yet, things actually didn't turn out very good.
I hear people at Church talk about Socialism and other governmental/economic forms as if they don't work well, and yet here at school, I hear the same exact thing said about Capitalism.
In one place I'm told those in our government are making big mistakes, and yet in the academic setting, I hear almost nothing about it.
I've always tend to favor academics over the tendencies of Midwestern conservative opinions, and yet, I am very conflicted because now those I respect the most in Church are making a very convincing argument that what I've come to accept in the world of politics and economics is actually not even very Orthodox.
I've tended to be more a Social Democrat/Democratic Socialist, which is fine and ok in school. Yet when I talk to others at Church, it seems I'm in a minority and often socialism is seen as bad.
I feel like at Church, if I hold my more socialist views, I'm seen as catering too much to the will of the people and control of the gov't over all things, then at school, if I express views held by those at Church, I'm seen as an uneducated, midwestern person who doesn't know as much about issues and listens too much too media and average people...
What do you do? Do I continue to trust and follow the teachings of the academics, or do I trust and follow those who have been Orthodox for much longer than I have been? (that is, on social and economic/governmental issues)