(continued from previous post) … God preserve us from such pathological narcissism! …
I touched on the concept of the masses in the previous post. What I am referring to is not the popular media caricature of the masses and the elite. I am in mind of the idea as written about by Albert J. Knock in his essay which first appeared in The Atlantic Monthly in 1936 under the title “Isaiah’s Job”.
article found at: http://mises.org/library/isaiahs-job
I quote (since I could not do better) : “As the word masses is commonly used, it suggests agglomerations of poor and underprivileged people, laboring people, proletarians, and it means nothing like that; it means simply the majority. The mass man is one who has neither the force of intellect to apprehend the principles issuing in what we know as the humane life, nor the force of character to adhere to those principles steadily and strictly as laws of conduct; and because such people make up the great and overwhelming majority of mankind, they are called collectively the masses. The line of differentiation between the masses and the Remnant is set invariably by quality, not by circumstance. The Remnant are those who by force of intellect are able to apprehend these principles, and by force of character are able, at least measurably, to cleave to them. The masses are those who are unable to do either.”
With the idea of the masses and the remnant in mind and given the proclivities of the “masses”, It comes as no surprise that we have arrived at the social conditions and dilemmas we now face, The moral, social, civil, political chaos we have brought upon ourselves is the direct result of the disastrous tenet of “private interpretation,” and its ugly stepchild, “secular humanist progressivism,” which blesses the spiritual and moral disorder produced by Protestantism with the gooey mental salve of “One religion is as good as another,” and its equally absurd corollary, “It doesn’t matter what you believe, as long as you lead a good life.”
As Fr. Sarda y Salvany states in the original edition of his book written in the late 19th century, “Protestantism is now a dead dog.” (Page 74 of the book). Even more so now in 2015 we can clearly see 23 distinct and authentic manifestations of the Catholic Church comprising the Latin Church and the 22 Eastern Catholic Churches all in communion with an unbroken history from Christ himself. Looking out from that 2000 year old core of belief we see from the 16th century on a huge scattering as each man who rejected “Truth” started his own personal version of “truth” and pursued his own dream.
The current landscape of culture and morality is now littered with the wreckage of virtually all the original mainstream Protestant sects and at present we can count 902 new sects including over 200 non-trinitarian sects, all of whom claim to have the one truth, and which arise and vanish like the leaves of summer. Can they all be unique purveyors of truth and light? It does seem a stretch when considered in the bright light of day through the lens of history with the wreckage mounting all around us. Please visit:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Christian_denominations for the latest count.
And yet secular humanist progressivism still beats the drum in Protestantism’s defense. The social upheaval of our times, brought on by these false ideas, now demands acknowledgement of the death-knell of secular humanist progressivism. We can no longer live with this rapid accretion of “new freedoms” and abandonment of the old order. We must reject these myriad errors in order to survive as a civilization.
For secular humanist progressivism in a society is like termites in a wooden house. They live off the house while it is still basically sound, saying all the while, “What harm do we do? The house still stands!” But we know that the house of our civilization is getting progressively weaker as the termites, the secular humanist progressives increase and thrive, and at some point, in the not-too-distant future, the entire structure is going to collapse!
IMAO we are now there! Here in 2015 we are witnessing the demise of our culture and civilization, the long drawn out pathetic whimper as the life blood of truth drains away. The long train of history is slowly rolling over the cliff as the progressives argue about the color of the new seats in the dome car. Mordor is triumphant everywhere. We need to begin the process of exterminating the secular humanist progressive vermin with large antidotes of real, logical truth, taken from the wellspring of all truth, the Divinely Revealed Religion—the Holy Roman Catholic and Apostolic Faith (Nicene Creed : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicene_Creed .
Anyone with a service record (vets) will understand that this collapse has all happened often in the past. Read history. Learn from the past. Reality does not permit relativism to function unless it flourishes under the protection of the Legions. But the progressives hate the legions because the legions represent all that they are not, everything they can never be, and everything they fear, namely Faith, loyalty, competence, pride, selflessness, integrity, courage, discipline, sacrifice, and tradition. And when the progressives finally drive the legions beyond the walls then the civilization falls – any civilization – even today. So far we are still here … but … progressives come and go in every time and place … the world will always need centurions.
Centurions were the guardians of Rome. At the height of the Roman Republic there were over five thousand qualified Roman Centurions in the Legions. To be a Centurion required that, in a mostly illiterate society, one be able to read and write clearly, to be able to convey and create orders, to be capable of not only performing every skill of a Roman soldier but teach every skill of a Roman soldier. Becoming a Centurion required intense physical ability, courage beyond the norm, years of sacrifice and a total devotion to the philosophy which was Rome. When Rome fell to barbarian invaders, there were less than five hundred qualified Centurions throughout the empire. Not because Rome had fewer people but because it had fewer willing to make the sacrifices. And the last Centurions left their shields in the heather and took a barbarian bride…
So Gentle Readers, sleep tight tonight, your legions are beset on all sides, but still awake and struggling against the tide.