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Today your humble blogger will continue with a philosophical theme. The reason being, that in order to understand a PROCESS, any PROCESS for that matter, it is critical to understand the underlying PHILOSOPHICAL constructs on which it is based.
In other words, if the PHILOSOPHY is coherent, then a positive (as in intrinsically good) outcome can be reasonably expected.
On the other hand, if the underlying PHILOSOPHICAL construct is ERRONEOUS, than no matter how good the intentions are, the outcome will not be positive. What will happen is that the LAW OF UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES, or as we say on this blog – the real “God of surprises” will appear and the results will be… shall we say: less than optimal.
So today, we look at the state of the post-conciliar church and systematic fragility.
It would be fair to say that the logical place to begin would be the “reforms” of the Second Vatican Council. Furthermore, it can be stated with a great deal of certainty that since this “new springtime”, what has in fact been happening within the Universal Institutional Church can be described as a PROCESS of BALKANISATION.
Through the introduction of the vulgar liturgy and with the introduction of national churches, a very IRRATIONAL and UNSTABLE system was created. These national churches were reinforced through the creation of the national bishops conferences, conferences that were intended to “decentralized” the decision making process (power) away from the Holy See and give it to the local churches. (see here) These national bishops conferences… cough Germany, cough… in turn drove the fragmentation of the Universal Church, a process that is reaching its logical conclusion under the current bishopric of Rome.
The justification for why this happened is irrelevant for our analysis, suffice it to say, any good prelate with a firm grounding in Catholic philosophical thought could have seen the disastrous consequences at the time.
On an aside, and referencing to yesterday’s post titled The “Lefebvrist Drift” Going Mainstream…, one reason behind the “rehabilitation” of Archbishop Lefebvre by parts of the mainstream post-conciliar church is in no small part due (actually, in large part) to his “prescience” as to the consequences that would befall the Catholic Church due to the changes that were being made at the time of the Second Vatican Council.
So today, your humble blogger will attempt to explain the tragedy that befell the Bride of Christ through presenting a PARALLEL PROCESS that also befell, and is still befalling Western Civilization.
For your information, two pieces of analysis are being presented today. The first is the video embedded at the top of this page. In this video, the Deus Ex Machina’s resident philosopher, Rocking Mr. E explains in 10 minutes what the strategy of BALKANISATION entails and how it has been deployed by the global elites, in order to bring about the dawn of the ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT.
Note bene: In case any new reader thinks that the above is “conspiracy theory”, please provide a better explanation. Ockham’s razor is ready and waiting…
But back to the subject at hand…
The second piece of analysis, is the post republished below and comes from Charles Hugh Smith of the OfTwoMinds blog, via the ZeroHedge website. In this piece, Charles explains how a related PROCESS (in essence a SUB-PROCESS), which he terms as “SYSTEMATIC FRAGILITY”, enters into societal systems and degrades them to the point of making the core systems and institutions themselves, unstable.
And to tie these two pieces of analysis together, and in the analogous post-conciliar church CONTEXT, what has in fact happened is through the post-conciliar “reforms”, a BALKANISATION PROCESS ensued inside the Universal Church.
The creation of the “national churches”, whether intentional or not, drove the BALKANISATION PROCESS to the point where it fragmented the Universal Church, entire nations, ethnic groups, communities and down to individual parishes, into enclaves of… wait for it…. individual identity groups.
Don’t believe me?
Concluding, the Vatican II “reforms” ushered into the Catholic Church mechanisms that lead to the BALKANISATION of the Universal Church.
This BALKANISATION PROCESS has lead to the fragmentation of entire Catholic communities.
It can also be assumed that this fragmentation has alienated large sectors of the Faithful who could not define themselves as members of these individual identity groups. As an example, think about how many people would even consider formalizing an identify group under the banner: of “Swedish-German” ancestry? But I digress…
This fragmentation PROCESS has had a long term effect, in that it has resulted in what can be described as institutional “systematic fragility” – as per the Charles Hugh Smith post below, and has become apparent in the entire Institutional Church.
This “systematic fragility” can also be identified in individual Western countries and their country specific secular institutions and systems.
This wider institutional fragility has brought the entire post-conciliar church and entire Western nation states, which are in fact grounded in Catholicism or one of the break away sects, to the point of collapse.
And the current bishop of Rome and his “brain trust” appear to be hell bent on finishing what the Council Fathers, not to mention post WWII cultural Marxists and various post-Modernist charlatans started and collapsing the entire system right on top of their TRANSRATIONAL heads.
And on that note, I would like to wish my readers a safe and pleasant Labor Day weekend.
When Systemic Uncertainty Meets Fragility – “Then The Whole Contraption Collapses In A Heap…”
That’s the problem with fragility: everything looks fine on the surface until a crisis applies pressure. Then the whole rickety contraption collapses in a heap..
Life is inherently uncertain, but systems that were once considered certainties have increasingly become uncertain. Social Security is one example; recent polls reflect widespread doubts among Millennials and Gen-Xers that there will be any Social Security benefits left for them by the time they reach retirement age.
This doubt is fact-based; as the number of retirees swells, as Medicare costs soar ever higher and the number of full-time jobs paying into Social Security/ Medicare stagnates, these pay-as-you-go programs break down; Social Security is already paying out billions more than it collects from employers and employees.
Uncertainty is one thing, fragility is another. The socio-economic systems we rely on are also becoming increasingly fragile and prone to failure, for an entirely different set of reasons than those driving uncertainty.
Changing fundamentals drive uncertainty. The nation’s demographics and stagnant wages for the bottom 95% are extremely unfavorable for pay-as-you-go programs like Social Security and Medicare; their future is uncertain because the inputs and outputs are changing.
Fragility is a function of systems being thinned by cronyism, self-serving insiders, fraud, lack of transparency, lack of competition, monopolies, profiteering and a decline of quality. Systems that become too costly due to the above dynamics are hollowed out as everyone seeks some way to reduce the costs. Redundancies are stripped out, staff is slashed to the bone, senior managers with the most experience are pushed out to lower payroll costs, quality control is whacked, and inferior inputs are presented as equal to the higher quality inputs that they replace.
When these weakened systems are under pressure or face a crisis, they crumble. Shoddy materials fail, inexperienced managers make hasty, ill-informed decisions, the barebones staff is overwhelmed, equipment that wasn’t properly maintained to save money breaks down, and so on.
We’re assured by financial authorities and the media that our banking system is now monstrously resilient and robust, and it is impervious to financial crisis. You’re kidding, right? So when all the subprime auto loans go bust, and all the overleveraged commercial real estate loans go bust, and all the developing-world debt in U.S. dollars goes into default, and all the consumer debt issued to marginal borrowers goes bust, the hundreds of billions in losses are all going to be absorbed, no problem.
This is fragility writ large. You can bet the entire financial sector is making the same faulty, fragility-creating assumptions as a means of maximizing profits: only one auto loan in a hundred will go into default, near-zero commercial real estate loans will blow up, every dollar-denominated loan in the developing world will be paid in full, blah blah blah.
In other words, if we assume FantasyLand perfection of marginal borrowers–that once a global recession guts their opportunities to refinance and the income needed to service their loans, they will still magically make all payments in full and on time–the financial system is resilient.
Beneath the reassurances, the system is increasingly fragile because all the resilience has been stripped out of it to maximize profits in the current quarter. And as for the financial authorities–who believes the financial sector is serving the interests of the bottom 99.5%? Based on what evidence? Who believes the mainstream media is reporting the deteriorating fundamentals and the increasing fragility of our society’s core systems?
All we need is a few overlapping crises to reveal the structural fragility and lack of trust/certainty in our core systems. Profiteering, cronyism, self-serving insiders, a decline in quality, gaming the system, fraud, opacity, propaganda, and the erosion of competence all seem like good clean fun when the weather is calm and the sun in shining. But the true nature of our systemic failure will only be revealed when multiple storms arise and the system is pushed to the limit.
That’s the problem with fragility: everything looks fine on the surface until a crisis applies pressure. Then the whole rickety contraption collapses in a heap