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.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Civility takes a vacation. Barbarity moves in.

As societies become more and more... barbarian, many folk appear to be hunkering down and even retreating into a make-no-waves witness out of fear of loss of affluence, loss of control, loss of liberty, and so forth. One only need listen briefly to daily radio shows, online commentary and the content of television news programs to hear people's real and imagined fears about a looming crisis, though few in the media are able and/or willing to name the crisis with any specificity or state with any confidence when that crisis might arrive. Save to say, the secular pundits are not the prophets of old. We must look to the prophets of the Church whose clear vision confidently identifies trends and future laments.

Bearing in mind what was said about the reliability of the secular pundits, if economists are to be believed, the crisis is likely to be a global economic cataclysm. In another corner of the conspiracy community, the most common secular apocalypse is man made global warming,... or is that climate change? Every weather anomaly—though we're constantly informed by the climate gurus that weather and climate are not the same thing—is used by the very same climate change gurus as evidence of human caused global warming or, as it is known by its sexier name, anthropogenic climate change. Serious criticism of the global warming alarmist agenda is summarily dismissed and ridiculed, even though the data, i.e., the facts—and scientists are supposed to be about the facts—require a much more rigorous reading if we are to gain a perspective that is not burdened by political extremism.
And then there is the very real threat to democracy and inalienable rights posed by an ideology variously named—e.g., jihadism. Now that Soviet communism has ceased to be the big bad guy, though, one could argue against the evidence that the errors of socialism still infect western institutions, a new threat in the form of parasitic groups and radicalized individuals modelling a violent ideology attack societies like ever-adapting viruses that attack and destroy their human hosts. While nations live in denial and avoid calling said ideology a cancer and thus avoid treating it as one would treat a cancer, minority Christian and Yezidi populations in the Middle East and elsewhere are being consumed by a disease which has now spread to Western societies and has begun to metastasize as a horrifying increase in the rape of Scandinavian women, violent clashes between immigrant populations and security forces, the development of no-go zones in many European cities, terrorist acts committed by individuals and groups claiming allegiance to extremist organizations—the litany of horror goes on and on.

Fear Sells

The marketing mantra in vogue for..., well,... forever, i.e., that sex sells, has a partner: fear sells. The latter has been refined into a robust (pseudo-)psychology used to great effect to empty our societies of their social mores which once better protected the innocent from harm than western societies' current legalistic protection rackets known as human rights tribunals. HRTs or human rights commissions (HRCs), quasi legal entities that have become the new coliseums wherein prisoners of conscience have been flogged and bankrupted, have been used to terrible effect to elevated the formerly persecuted to the level of persecutor.

The mainstream media has been entirely complicit with the agents of social re-engineering (abortion, euthanasia, sexual license, gender ideology) whose experiments are leaving our western societies highly prone to decay and collapse by absolving people from their responsibility, for starters, to live with integrity and support the common good. It is one thing to call people to a healthy appreciation of reality and responsibility. It is quite another to use fear to aid in the abandonment of social mores and to expose society, i.e., individuals and communities, to the debilitating effects of hedonism and other dysphorias, psychosocial and intellectual, e.g., relativism.

How is 'this' all possible?

Barbarianism is made possible by a loss of the sense of human dignity and its defence.

Civility, i.e., behaving in a civilized manner, is firstly and ultimately grounded in the reality that every person is created in the image and likeness of God. Of course, if you don't believe in man's fundamental dignity, then exploiting others for whatever reason—power and dominance, pleasure or even some twisted sense of curiosity—won't cause you any crisis of conscience. Don't be surprised, however, when you are labelled a hypocrite (or racist or bigot or homophobe or any appellation used to silence reasoned debate) for objecting to something or some behaviour that defies common sense.

Society's bullies, barbarians really, are the ones who don't want anyone putting "limits" on their behaviour. True to the anarchist dogma, modern bullies are behaving as petulant children who are incapable, and certainly unwilling, to acknowledge that a civilized society must have healthy boundaries lest it fall under the sway of the most brutal and irrational individual or group or ideology.

The great irony that plays out again and again is that those who have laid the groundwork for the abandonment of reason and the abandonment of inalienable rights—rights which are founded upon the reality than man is created in the image and likeness of God—will some day realize, too late, of course, that said saboteurs of common sense were responsible for poisoning society and creating the circumstances which permitted the rise of evils so great that the only solace available to said saboteurs was/is to absolve themselves and blame the voices (of common sense) who stood up in the beginning warning the liberal and secular religionists that their actions were enabling the progress of the calamity which claimed/claims them, too.

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