Our society doesn't have convictions for the most part (there are exceptions). What they have is the APPEARANCE of convictions. What do I mean?
We have the "conviction" of helping the poor, unless it will come out of OUR money. We "stand" with countries being invaded, unless it will require OUR risk. We are for "freedom" unless it is for those on the other side. We believe in "romance".. unless it will require our sacrifice.
When was the last time you gave money to the poor? No... I don't mean gave it to the church so that God would bless you hundredfold. When did you LITERALLY hand money to a poor person? Two things are true over the last year. Our society has never had so much money in it, and the percentage of those suffering hunger has never been so high.
But, each year, we will proclaim ourselves saints at Christmas and Easter, and say how HOLY we are in our following of the Lord and how others are the ones failing at that mission. As I said, there are exceptions to the rule, and I have met many and have many in my friends that do show real care. But, for the most part, our "convictions" are just CONVENIENT things we say, until the rubber meets the road... much like the promises of politicians. It's how a religion defined as "to visit orphans and widows in their trouble" (James 1:27) becomes a "blessing" that God somehow doesn't want for us to give away.
I say this on this blog, because it is relevant to the pursuit of happiness, as well. Like the pharisees of old, you can clean yourself up and put on a nice image, but you will find pride in place of where a heart used to be. Personally, I'd take a caring heart over a body that will one day sag, any day of the week.