So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Friday, March 10, 2017

The Conscience Activist

What does it mean to be a conscience activist?

A conscience activist, whose conscience is properly formed, necessarily dissents from and thus challenges the corrupt status (statist?) quo: political correctness; relativism; militant secularism and the propaganda associated with the same.

Conscience activists dissent from attempts by secular fundamentalists to redefine the individual, the family, human relationships and society in the image of unredeemed man. The conscience activist resists fascism, whether from the right or, most commonly these days, the liberal left. Fascism and socialism typically merge in the crucible of a thirst for power for the sake of configuring the world to a fiction, a rabidly irrational fiction.

A conscience formed in the moral science of the Catholic Church occupies the centre and high ground of civilization. The conscience activist has something that no secular or religious terrorist possesses. That something is a heart and mind configured to the Divine Logos by the Logos Himself, Jesus Christ, the Word Incarnate.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.—St John 1:1-5
Demons fear the conscience activist because he or she, if he or she truly be a disciple of Jesus Christ, is marked with the Sign of the Cross. Demons and their minions fear the Cross.

The true conscience activist is a son of Mary, the Mother of God. No disciple of Jesus Christ can call himself or herself a disciple of the Most High if he or she does not venerate the Mother of God. Jesus Himself gave Mary to us as our Mother as He hung from the Cross.

(S)tanding by the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.—St. John 19:25-27
The conscience activist does not fear the tyranny of the secular or religious terrorist. Saint Michael, Archangel, defends the Church and all Her faithful citizens.

The conscience activist is mobilized to defend a country, a community, a church from a foreign invader, i.e., the anti-religion secularist. The anti-religion secularist convinces the weak-willed that he is the new man, the ideal man, when in fact he is the old man of socialist totalitarianism who uses terms such as 'tolerance' and 'diversity' to cloak himself in light. He, the invader, is Ἀπολλύων, Apollyon, the destroyer.

Death defying.

By the world's standards, anyone who dares to defy the status quo (Apollyon) is a bigot. Being labelled a bigot for promoting and defending the dignity of man created in the image and likeness of God is, then, a badge of honour for the conscience activist.

The conscience activist rejects attempts to reduce man to animalistic behaviour, behaviour which robs man of his dignity and health.

Worldly men and women, knowing only physical and material dependence, easily fall prey to their baser instincts. In a word, they are comfortable being mere animals because being so requires so much less from them as human beings. A noble view of man, which is to say a view of hope, escapes the militant (anti-religion) secularist's understanding because he has no sense of the transcendental dimension of man and his nobler self.

The rise of the conscience activist.

The conscience activist is one whose conscience is authentically configured to the Magisterium of the Church, the authority given her by Christ to guide men's hearts and minds in matters of faith and morals.

The conscience activist, unlike his or her secular activist counterpart, is guided by faith and reason. Reason is illuminated by faith. God elevates the mind so that man may think and act in accord with God's will. Recall that the Second Person of the Holy Trinity is the Word, the Logos (Greek: Λόγος logos, that is, word, discourse or reason). All things come into being in and through the Word.

The secular activist, having cut himself off from reason, projects his spiritual and intellectual inadequacies into the social and political spheres.

Unredeemed man constantly attempts to redesign reality in his own image. The conscience activist, by contrast, being configured to the Word (Jesus Christ), realizes the Law of Love and Truth written into his heart by the Holy Spirit, the Law which allows him to act in accord with the supernatural law of grace. The anti-religion secular activist, however, having little or no heart of reason illuminated by divine Love, seeks power for power's sake, a quest which results in the oppressed becoming oppressors.

Truth Tellers

The conscience activist is one who advocates for Truth. If you loathe the concept of an absolute Truth, do not bother reading any further.

The conscience activist is a student of history. In this day and age when relativism has virtually snuffed out any objective writing and remembrance of history (... do recall that relativism admits no absolute truth, therefore revisionism and lies are as viable as the more accurate renderings of history...) being a conscience activist must necessarily include a strong sense of objectivity.

Relativists do not think that objectivity is possible. They tend to project their own limited thinking on to others who, possessing an ability to represent dispassionately the record of events, they dismiss as hypocrites in order to further suppress the truth of history or promote their relativistic take as, curiously and ironically, absolute history. Relativists forget that reliable eyewitnesses can be found who can and do capture history accurately. Some cultures possess phenomenally accurate collective memories, particularly with respect to episodes of violence committed against their respective cultures.

The conscience activist possesses a keen recollection of the motivations of men and women. They see trends and can predict real outcomes because their minds are not clouded by a tendency to revise data according to a narrowing ideology, i.e., relativism.

In contrast to the leftist despot or rightwing fascist, the conscience activist understands and affirms that the state is not the source of rights but should be, rather, the protector of inalienable rights.
1902 Authority does not derive its moral legitimacy from itself. It must not behave in a despotic manner, but must act for the common good as a "moral force based on freedom and a sense of responsibility":
  • A human law has the character of law to the extent that it accords with right reason, and thus derives from the eternal law. Insofar as it falls short of right reason it is said to be an unjust law, and thus has not so much the nature of law as of a kind of violence.
1903 Authority is exercised legitimately only when it seeks the common good of the group concerned and if it employs morally licit means to attain it. If rulers were to enact unjust laws or take measures contrary to the moral order, such arrangements would not be binding in conscience. In such a case, "authority breaks down completely and results in shameful abuse."
1904 "It is preferable that each power be balanced by other powers and by other spheres of responsibility which keep it within proper bounds. This is the principle of the 'rule of law,' in which the law is sovereign and not the arbitrary will of men."
Righteous dissent: refusing to burn incense to Caesar. 
 2242 The citizen is obliged in conscience not to follow the directives of civil authorities when they are contrary to the demands of the moral order, to the fundamental rights of persons or the teachings of the Gospel. Refusing obedience to civil authorities, when their demands are contrary to those of an upright conscience, finds its justification in the distinction between serving God and serving the political community. "Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s." "We must obey God rather than men": 
  • When citizens are under the oppression of a public authority which oversteps its competence, they should still not refuse to give or to do what is objectively demanded of them by the common good; but it is legitimate for them to defend their own rights and those of their fellow citizens against the abuse of this authority within the limits of the natural law and the law of the gospel.
Me, myself and I.
In truth, there are only two kinds of people; those who accept dogma and know it, and those who accept dogma and don't know it.
There are two kinds of people in the world, the conscious dogmatists and the unconscious dogmatists. I have always found myself that the unconscious dogmatists were by far the most dogmatic.—G.K. Chesterton.
Everyone is religious. For many, their god stares back at them in the mirror every morning when they brush their teeth.

Law abiding citizens.

Without a God-centred heart in the Judeo-Christian sense, no constitution nor charter of rights is worth the paper upon which it is printed because these documents require men with properly formed consciences to defend and promote the inalienable freedoms and true sense of the common good identified in those documents. A charter of inalienable rights and freedoms must first be written into or upon the hearts of men and women.

For the Christian, the Law of God—the Law of Love—is written upon his heart. With the Law written upon his heart, he can recognize the Law of God represented in expressions of the natural law such as the American Constitution. Without that seed of the Divine Law in one's heart, both the Constitution or the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms have very little power to protect men and women from the coercive actions of morally bankrupt and politically corrupt men.

Conscience activists are right to note that human rights councils or tribunals, courts and governments have been and are being used to bully others into submission in order that artificial rights, concocted as only despotic courts can do, now trump long cherished inalienable rights that formerly applied to all citizens.

Conditional Aid

Witness the negative fervour of certain movements which, attempting to forcibly obtain the compliance of African countries, for example, withhold aid unless recipient countries embrace various ideologies, among them contraception and abortion, and more recently contemporary Western sexual and gender politics. One can be certain that when groups rely on coercion (extortion) to force a policy to be enacted, then said policy is probably as corrupt as the efforts being employed to enact said policy.

Secular civil rights movements, a.k.a., God-less civil rights movements, lack the heart of the authentic civil rights movements which are rightly oriented to the dignity of man as created by Almighty God. For the secularist, the goal is the acquisition of power. For the religious civil rights advocate, that is, the conscience activist, the goal is the recognition of the dignity of man created in the image and likeness of God.

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