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Today a quick re-post under our OBJECTIVE REALITY theme. It comes by way of the Action-Man.com blog via the Zero Hedge website (see here). In the video above, we have a perfect illustration of the “processes” which are taking place within Western society at present. These “processes” in turn have a direct impact on the Catholic Church and the Faithful. Other high ranking clerics have been addressing these “processes” likewise (see here and here).
The reason why I bring this to your attention dear reader, is that over the span of the last few months (since the end of the Stealth Sex Synod™ of 2015 to be precise), I have been focusing on issues “not directly related” to the Catholic Faith per se. Or so I have been told. I however would take issue with this above observation. The reason being, is that I do not see the Faith as being restricted “to the theological ghetto”.
What I have come to realize, inadvertently confirmed by the present bishop of Rome, is that the Faithful need to be involved in the COMPLETE conversation that is taking place in Western society at present. This notion has very deep and historical ROOTS within the Catholic Church proper. In the New Advent Encyclopedia, a source that I often cite on this blog, the following passage explains just this last point (see here):
Christian thinkers, from the beginning, were confronted with the question: How are we to reconcile reason with revelation, science with faith, philosophy with theology? The first apologists possessed no philosophy of their own. They had to deal with a pagan world proud of its literature and its philosophy, ready at any moment to flaunt its inheritance of wisdom in the face of ignorant Christians. The apologists met the situation by a theory that was as audacious as it must have been disconcerting to the pagans. They advanced the explanation that all the wisdom of Plato and the other Greeks was due to the inspiration of the Logos; that it was God’s truth, and, therefore, could not be in contradiction with the supernatural revelation contained in the Gospels. It was a hypothesis calculated not only to silence a pagan opponent, but also to work constructively.
The period that the above quote refers to is the later part of the Patristic Age circa Anno Domini 500. But it could just as well describe Anno Domini 2016.
Which brings me back to the article which just appeared on the Life Site News website, namely a synopsis of a speech given by Cardinal Robert Sarah, the prefect for the Congregation of Divine Worship and the Sacraments. In the speech at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., Card. Sarah made the following observation:
“Do we not see signs of this insidious war (Ed. note: against human nature) in this great nation of the United States?” Sarah asked. “In the name of ‘tolerance,’ the Church’s teachings on marriage, sexuality and the human person are dismantled. The legalization of same-sex marriage, the obligation to accept contraception within health care programs, and even ‘bathroom bills’ that allow men to use the women’s restrooms and locker rooms. Should not a biological man use the men’s restroom? How simpler can that concept be?”
Reading the above passage, one can interchange the term “Church’s teaching” with OBJECTIVE REALITY and not change the meaning of the passage one iota. For example:
“In the name of ‘tolerance,’ the OBJECTIVE REALITY that is marriage, sexuality and the human person are dismantled.
The reason that I provided the above example is to demonstrate just how far Western society has “regressed” since circa 500 A.D. But what is of greater significance is that we as Catholic Faithful have, to use the contemporary expression: “been there, done that, got that t-shirt”.
In other words, just as our patristic ancestors used REASON (A RATIONAL THOUGHT PROCESS) to combat the pagans of their day, we MUST likewise use REASON to combat the contemporary pagan culture.
We need to argue from the point of view of REALITY, just as our forefathers did, since REALITY Is A Formidable Enemy.
And just to demonstrate what the contemporary pagan culture consists of, and how easy it is to argue from the point of view of REALITY, I am reproducing the below post…
FOR THE RECORD
Reality Is A Formidable Enemy
Political Correctness Comedy
We have recently come across a video that is simply too funny not be shared. It also happens to dovetail nicely with our friend Claudio’s recent essay on political correctness and cultural Marxism. Since this is generally a rather depressing topic, we have concluded that having a good laugh at it might not be the worst idea.
It is especially funny (or terrifying, depending on one’s perspective – we prefer funny) to what extent political correctness has invaded colleges. Frankly, we actually had no idea just how far this malady has advanced by now.
A recent article in the conservative journal National Review listed the “13 most ridiculously PC moments on college campuses in 2015” – readers can check the details out over there, but below are a few examples from the list. They read like a dispatch from the stand-up comedy universe:
Hating pumpkin-spice lattes was declared sexist.
A university language guide stated that the word “American” was “problematic.”
A university study declared that we have to accept people who “identify as real vampires.”
The word “skinny” was deemed “violent.”
A university declared the phrase “politically correct” to be politically incorrect.
A room full of white people was determined to represent a “micro-aggression”
A Harvard study declared that micro-aggressions can make people die sooner
Some students were ‘triggered’ by an anti-micro-aggressions exhibit.
A yoga class was canceled on the grounds that yoga is “cultural appropriation.”
Just in case readers are wondering what “micro-aggressions” are, according to Psychology Today, the term refers to “everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership.”
A World Scrubbed of Offense
Surely no-one would want to micro-aggress on his fellow human beings lest they “become depressed, develop low self-esteem, eating disorders, body image issues or experience sexual dysfunction” or God forbid, begin to suffer from “invisibility syndrome”, all of which are symptoms that could impact victims according to Wikipedia.
In order to make sure readers are properly prepared to avoid wreaking such havoc, here is an in parts slightly Orwellian-sounding set of guidelines published by UCLA, entitled “Tool: Recognizing Micro-aggressions and the Messages they Send”. Mind, there is no need to be unnecessarily rude to people, we agree with that as a general point (it can be dangerous too: if you’re rude to Hannibal Lecter, he’ll eat your liver). However, these guidelines may be taking things a tad too far.
Apparently, even asking people where they’re from is actually a no-no these days. If one really wants to find out, one will presumably have to knock the person unconscious (“macro-aggression”) and grab their ID. One is also no longer allowed to insist that “the best qualified person be given the job”. We were hitherto unaware of that, but we have a feeling it might actually explain a lot.
Also, if one still thinks that “America is the land of opportunity”, or that hard work is the basis of success, one should better keep such thoughts to oneself. It is no longer permitted to say any of this out loud (let us not forget the danger that someone might contract invisibility syndrome upon hearing such travesties!).
Anyway, let us move on to the hilarious video mentioned above. It shows an interviewer asking students a number of questions on “identity” which veer ever further into the realm of the absurd. Almost regardless of how ludicrous the putative scenarios he offers up for inspection become though, the students are making every effort to avoid offending the good man even hypothetically (we want to take this opportunity to apologize if we have micro-aggressed against women and/or assorted hybrids by identifying him as a “man”):
We want to point out that we know absolutely nothing about the makers of the video (some Washington-based family policy advocacy group), so this is not meant to be an endorsement of them. We are also not interested in addressing the bathroom law controversy that has apparently triggered this “identity debate” in greater detail – except for pointing out that this particular situation is less clear-cut than many people seem to think.
For instance, women in North Carolina could in future be astonished to find this person entering their rest-rooms – by law; then again, in Seattle this can happen. We happen to believe that what is needed are not laws, but common sense (we have yet to consult the handbook to find out if the application of common sense is still considered politically correct – it may not be).
Anyway, we do have a message for the young people in the video: Yes, reality can often prove to be a tenacious and formidable enemy. But together, ensconced in our hate-free safe zone, we shall be able to over-comb it! Friendship, comrades!