We are not just material beings, but spiritual persons with a need for meaning, purpose, and fulfillment that transcends the visible confines of this world. This longing for transcendence is a longing for truth, goodness, and beauty. Truth, goodness, and beauty are called the transcendentals of being, because they are aspects of being. Everything in existence has these transcendentals to some extent. God, of course, as the source of all truth, goodness, and beauty, has these transcendentals to an infinite degree. Oftentimes, he draws us to himself primarily through one of these transcendentals. St. Augustine, who was drawn to beauty in all its creaturely forms, found the ultimate beauty he was seeking in God, his creator, the beauty “ever ancient, ever new.”―Sister Gabriella Yi, O.P.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

After the sexual revolution and the devolution of marriage, what's next?

Apocalypse Obvious

The sexual revolution was supposed to make us happier. It only brought misery, disease and death. Countless souls have been corrupted and lost.

How much more damage can man, influenced by the demon, do? How much more suffering can the innocent endure?

The emptiness of the human heart in the wake of the sexual revolution is a hint of the coming loss of any remaining intimacy. The signs are already here:
  1. texting addicted children and adults who, fixated on their devices, routinely ignore living breathing people around them, often with devastating consequences;
  2. a loss of courtesy in public places because the same technology addicts have become enslaved to the illusion of intimacy promised by so-called social media;
  3. an aggressive entitlement to material advantage that reduces man to his instinctual urges and blinds man to the suffering of others.
How many times have you been out for dinner and your dinner partner takes a phone call, leaving you to amuse yourself while they prattle on about less than urgent matters.
How many times have you witnessed a couple at an adjacent table using their smartphones? When they stop talking on their phones, they stammer for a minute or so to share their phone conversations, then they retreat into an awkward silence, and then they start texting to relieve the awkwardness. For all their tech-savviness, they are equally emotionally stunted and socially illiterate.

The din of "connectivity" is replacing authentic conversation. Furthermore, people say things online that they would never say in-person to another individual or group. By that statement is meant that people say the cruelest things when their name (and/or face) is not attached to the bile they speak. And, the opportunity for miscommunication is radically increased because no technology can transmit the warmth, or for that matter the chill, of face-to-face communication. Human beings have a difficult enough time communicating in person let alone via technology now that language has been practically emptied of meaning. Add the filter of technology and the opportunities for unnecessary misunderstanding are multiplied and the degree of misunderstanding is magnified.

Every few years, new ways are invented to sanitize relationships of authentic emotional and spiritual intimacy.

Relationships have been sliding downward for awhile. Nothing new there. However, the slide has increased in tempo to the pace of a downhill slalom with the advent of social media. Users mistake online popularity with actual attractiveness because they attribute success with the number of times their webpage has been "friended".

Except to perverts and con artists who use social media to trap unsuspecting victims, the risks to which social media apps expose users is barely appreciated by said users. The internet is massively populated with people who have had their lives destroyed by their own hand or another's because they have been blinded to the reality of the misuse of the power of the internet.

In response to the frequent exploitation of people in and through the internet, various enterprises—governments and/or private companies—want to manage or increase oversight of the internet. They use fear to motivate people to submit to more control over their lives. Doesn't everyone want to avoid being harmed or exploited? The ruse is used to control one's ability to use the internet, for example, with latitude to freely express ideas and move people to take the next step toward a more involved (political, social, religious) engagement.

So then, as individuals become more fragmented, and the family is dismantled, why is it that people imagine a society, a nation, can withstand the onslaught of violent ideologies that threaten from within and outside? For all the West's smug attitude which massages people into a false sense of security behind their digital firewalls, terrorists can walk right up to a priest celebrating Mass and slit his throat.

Si vis pacem, para bellum. If you want peace, prepare for war.

The recovery from the stank created by the sexual revolution will likely take the Church centuries to repair. Only the Church—the Body of Christ—can lead people to salvation. Only the Church provides a healthy alternative to the pseudo-intimacy and despair offered by the world. Only the Church founded by Jesus Christ can lead people away from the tyranny of sin to the hope of salvation in Christ.

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