“Ancient Embers”, Adrian von Ziegler, from the album “Mirror of the Night”, 2011.
Secular Humanism or Progressivism in the intellectual order is complete license in the moral order since there are no absolute standards of morality beyond “I do what I want”, or “I’m OK, Your OK”, all within the limits imposed by carefully managed “regulations”, ah yes, the devil is indeed in the details. In this regime, all morality is subjective within the framework of statute.
Disorder in the intellect leads to disorder in the heart, and vice-versa. This is the way in which Progressivism propagates immorality, and immorality propagates Progressivism. Secular Humanism or Progressivism is the radical, total, and universal denial of all Divine truth and Christian dogma, the primal type or foundation of all evil, and the supreme rebellion against the authority of God and His Church. As with Lucifer, its basic position is, ‘I will not serve.’
As such, Secular Humanism or Progressivism, whether in the doctrinal or practical order, is a sin. In the doctrinal order, it embodies all evil, and consequently a mortal sin against faith. In the practical order, it is a sin against the commandments of God and of the Church, for it transgresses virtually all the commandments.
To be more precise: in the doctrinal order, Secular Humanism or Progressivism strikes at the very foundations of faith; it is all evil, radical, and universal, because within it are comprehended all heresies. In the practical order it is a radical and universal infraction of the divine law, since it sanctions and authorizes all infractions of that law and of the Natural Law..
Secular Humanist Progressivism in the early 21st century is all-pervasive and is almost universally victorious over what passes for thinking amongst the peoples of what remains of western culture. It has forced all Orthodox belief systems to go underground.
The “Islamic Radicals” get it. They are absolutely right when they identify our culture as evil. While the Islamic response to this reality leaves something to be desired on this temporal plane, the overwhelming evidence points to the fact that they are correct in their observations about the West.
The same observations apply to the cultures of the East as well. Wherever the human individual is subjected and subordinated to the will of the state we find the evil of Secular Humanist Progressivism.
“Into The Shadow Realm”, Adrian von Ziegler, from the album “Mirror of The Night”, 2011.
As a religious and philosophical foundation of a civilization Secular Humanist Progressivism is demonstrably empirically false! And we let it happen, even worse we positively welcomed it, welcomed the license to indulge our passions and appetites by creating this brave new world of “convenience” based life/death decisions and “quality of life” based medical decisions.
Unfortunately for our culture Secular Humanist Progressivism leads to an eventual and inevitable denial of any truth whatsoever by its adherents. People hear, over time, first one religious or moral “truth” asserted and then another that contradicts it, and before long they are so confused that they do not know what to believe.
Generally, in our current culture, they end up believing nothing, holding that nothing is certain, even in matters relating to Natural Law, which all people know through the use of their reason alone. As Pilot said “What is truth”?
Even the objective personhood of individuals, the inherent dignity that is ours by virtue of being created in the image and likeness of God, with all that that means in terms of inherent rights and responsibilities is turned on it’s head and the inherent dignity and rights of every human being are rendered subjective and inconsequential, simply a cipher in the equation of programming.
The subjective secularization of those human qualities which make us human permits the culture to ignore these qualities with equanimity. It should come as no surprise then, that when there are no longer any human “persons” that the culture arbitrarily assigns values to individuals related to their perceived value to the culture.
In this context, euthanasia, abortion and eugenics are simply solutions to problems of cost and logistics and the “efficiency ” of service or program delivery. In order to cement this reality the subordination of whole categories of professions is simply a matter of course until all service delivery organizations and workers are just “doing their jobs”, all equally culpable in the workings of the engine of the state.
So what is to be done. Can we see the difference between right and wrong? What can one person, or a few, do when faced with daily desolation of the spiritual death of an entire people? I suppose the first thing is not to give up. Never give up, never give up, never give up.
“Sacred Earth”, Adrian von Ziegler, from the album “Libertas”, 2014.
Keep faith that Truth is not relative, that Truth matters, that we who can see right and wrong must live each small event of our days for the Truth, and Trust that The Commander knows what he is doing. And in the meantime, in-between-time, do each small thing well with an eye to the good and to the future, remembering :
“The rule of no realm is mine, but all worthy things that are in peril as the world now stands, those are my care. And for my part, I shall not wholly fail in my task if anything passes through this night that can still grow fair or bear fruit and flower again in days to come. For I too am a steward. Did you not know?” – Gandalf/The Return of the King/J.R.R. Tolkien
“Other evils there are that may come; for Sauron is himself but a servant or emissary. Yet it is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succor of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule.” – Gandalf/The Return of the King/J.R.R. Tolkien
Of course, don’t forget prayer. “The duty of prayer is urged by every consideration. None but God can provide for us; none but He can forgave, and guide, and support us; none but He can bring us into heaven. He is always ready to hear us. The humble He sends not empty away. Those who ask receive, and they who seek find. How natural and proper, then, is prayer!
How strange that any man can live, and not pour out his desires to God! How strange that anyone is willing to go to eternity with this sad reflection: “I have gone through this world, spent my probation, wasted my strength, and am dying, and have never prayed!” How awful will be the reflection of the soul through all eternity: “I was offered eternal life, but I never asked for it. I lived from day to day and from year to year in God’s world, breathed His air, rioted on His beneficence, forgot His goodness, and never once asked Him to save my soul!” Who will be to blame if the prayerless soul is lost?
Secret and family prayer should be daily. We daily have the same necessities, are exposed to the same dangers, tread upon the borders of the same heaven or hell. How should the voice of praise and prayer go up as incense in the morning, and rise as a rich perfume in the shades of each evening! What more lovely object on earth is there than that of one in the bloom of health and the dew of youth, bending with reverence before the King of heaven, seeking forgiveness, peace, guidance, and salvation! And what a strange, misguided, and piteous object is a soul that never prays!”