‘Warre of every one against every one', of 'a war [...] of every man against every man'... 'a perpetuall warre of every man against his neighbour'.—De Cive ("On the citizen") by Thomas Hobbes.
Ostendo primo conditionem hominum extra societatem civilem, quam conditionem appellare liceat statum naturæ, aliam non esse quam bellum omnium contra omnes; atque in eo bello jus esse omnibus in omnia.
I demonstrate, in the first place, that the state of men without civil society (which state we may properly call the state of nature) is nothing else but a mere war of all against all; and in that war all men have equal right unto all things.—ibid.
Status hominum naturalis antequam in societatem coiretur, bellum fuerit; neque hoc simpliciter, sed bellum omnium in omnes.
The natural state of men, before they entered into society, was a mere war, and that not simply, but a war of all men against all men.
Nam unusquisque naturali necessitate bonum sibi appetit, neque est quisquam qui bellum istud omnium contra omnes, quod tali statui naturaliter adhæret, sibi existimat esse bonum.
For every man by natural necessity desires that which is good for him: nor is there any that esteems a war of all against all, which necessarily adheres to such a state, to be good for him.—Libertas, Hobbes.
Hereby it is manifest that during the time men live without a common Power to keep them all in awe, they are in that condition which is called War; and such a war as is of every man against every man. [...] In such condition there is no place for Industry, because the fruit thereof is uncertain: and consequently no Culture of the Earth; no Navigation, nor use of the commodities that may be imported by Sea; no commodious Building; no Instruments of moving and removing such things as require much force; no Knowledge of the face of the Earth; no account of Time; no Arts; no Letters; no Society; and which is worst of all, continual Fear, and danger of violent death; And the life of man solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.—Chapter XIII of Leviathan (Hobbes/Wikipedia).
As You Like It, Act II, Scene VIIWilliam Shakespeare
And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages. At first, the infant, Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms. Then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel And shining morning face, creeping like snail Unwillingly to school. And then the lover, Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad Made to his mistress’ eyebrow. Then a soldier, Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard, Jealous in honor, sudden and quick in quarrel, Seeking the bubble reputation Even in the cannon’s mouth. And then the justice, In fair round belly with good capon lined, With eyes severe and beard of formal cut, Full of wise saws and modern instances; And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts Into the lean and slippered pantaloon, With spectacles on nose and pouch on side; His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide For his shrunk shank, and his big manly voice, Turning again toward childish treble, pipes And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all, That ends this strange eventful history, Is second childishness and mere oblivion, Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.
- Politicians espouse the popular "personally opposed to abortion but politically pro-choice" mantra.
- Liberal journalists wearing rose-tinted glasses, fancying themselves the arbiters of information and thus the engineers of the new society and the preservers of liberal (politically correct) society, sanitize the news concerning terrorism and obscure its chief source.
- Universities give harbour to the manipulation of language and thought and create "safe" places—safe from reason and fact, perhaps, but hardly safe for those who disagree with the emerging status quo—wherein immorality and scientifically untenable views of human sexuality and gender theory thrive among good-willed but low-information citizens.
The enemy has been very effective at abducting the social (political, sexual, legal) narrative and using the confusion to foster attacks on the Church.
Had Bonaparte been a Latin scholar he would probably have reversed the adage and said, Si vis bellum para pacem.—Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte (1851).
We, Catholics, must prefer discipline and practice the Gospel. Otherwise, our diverse cultures will sink ever more deeply into a vat of death and destruction.
We might look to Hungary and Poland as examples of societies and cultures which are effectively reclaiming and defending their Christian dignity.