Pen as Sword - Social Commentary

We Can’t Handle The Truth …

Oboe Concerto in D Minor”, Adagio, from “The Ultimate baroque Album”, (2004)

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What’s on my mind these days is the spectacle of the greatest civilization the world has ever seen essentially committing mass suicide by drowning itself. Drowning itself in the pool of self worship, drowning itself in a colossal spasm of self delusion about reality and the consequences of its actions and inaction.

At the local level we demand recognition of self worth by virtue of breathing, but at the international level we meekly kiss the dirt and confess our guilt every time some new mouthpiece accuses us of some mythical crime.

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Islamic Celebration of Terror Attacks

We embrace this motif domestically in our espousal of “Human Rights Tribunals” and “Hate Crimes”, and political correctness.  We accept being the victim of these atrocities because our chestless leadership, both in the secular and in the spiritual world have taught us that this is the deserved result of our own iniquities.

We, as a culture, are found guilty of “cultural genocide” by the “Star Chamber” of the progressive secularists and must pay for our sins. We are NOT being raped, tortured, abused and killed by Islam, this is a deserved punishment,  and we are told in every venue that we deserve it because of the way we acted and the values we embraced, those values of “dead white males”… and our leaders and media accept it and agree?

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hate, hate, hate, hate

How did we get here, what poison have we been drinking that justice and truth should be so turned on it’s head that we accept this evil as our just due?

I finished off the last post with acid comments regarding religious denominations as socials clubs, no more, no less. I might have added an allusion to factions as in “fractious parties” within a common  tradition.

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Is this courage or cowardice?

The foundational beliefs of which factions, a “cornerstone” so to speak, is that ALL other factions, and clubs, are illegitimate because we and only we hold the one truth. My morality is my morality and no one else can legitimately criticize me without being guilty of a hate crime. Where did brotherly love go? Who is my neighbor Lord?

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My “Precious” opinion

Unless I want to criticize someone else in which case it is just OK because after all I am a victim of hate because of your criticism and targeted and rationalized retaliation is NOT hate but rather some variation of retribution and restitution. What happened to standing up for Truth, for protecting the weak and unfortunate, for consoling the lost and loving the unloveable?

A necessary corollary to this “one truth” platform is that we must, at all costs, discredit and/or destroy all other points of view, lest some courageous loudmouth ask why the emperor has no clothes.

ESPECIALLY, in the domain of religious clubs, the original one holy catholic and apostolic church, MUST be discredited in order to ensure that our new “self” worship club and it’s beliefs are never called into question historically.

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Everyone Knows It!

Everybody Knows It!  From this wellspring of charity spring such “factual’ gems as: “Well, everyone knows that:  “Nuns (Catholic religious) punish unwed mothers and do abortions in their “nunneries”and cover them up” and the Pope is the Anti-Christ”.

What does one do when one is handed this wonderful little scrap of bigotry and malice,  courtesy of a close Baptist relative who is a general all purpose “bigot and hater”, but especially of what she thinks of as “Catholics” (being merely the common self serving protestant or baptist caricature of Catholics).

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But we are basically good persons

Of course, when handed this offal we are expected socially to nod and smile and politely “pretend” to go along, because of social niceties. Of course the statement is so egregiously outrageous and provocative  (as intended) that we cannot hold back our response, our questioning after specifics, our feigned consternation, our distress as we ask pointedly which network that was reported on. That reaction makes us the bad guy, the A-hole in the room.

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St. Peter’s, Rome

So we all descend into this moral pit of hatred and lies, calumnies and retaliation, and the all purpose immorality founded on “I am basically a good person“. Given the utter lack of “goodwill” as in “men and women of goodwill”, or “people of goodwill” within our own society, communities, and families is it any wonder to see the state of the world.

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Which side Are We On?

If we can do this to “the least of these, our brothers” how much more easy is it to continue to commit these ever increasing atrocities against anonymous others who we barely consider human. Kill them before they vote, kill them when they get to expensive to look after. And everyone pretends not to notice that whenever bad behaviour and “ill will” are tolerated you inevitably get more of it, expanding exponentially from the local to the global.

Looking at the consternation and panic and mawkish grief reported in the media and associated with current “terrorist” attacks, we have to understand, even the blindest of us, that at some level all the “good behaviours” that we verbally associate in an offhand way with “western civilization” are, in fact, a facade, a sham and a lie. If good behaviour is “in” us as part of our nature then nothing evil is our fault, is it?

We are NOT guilty! Of anything. Institutional evil has given us a false sense of being guiltless and free of sin, following mutually acknowledged rules of behaviour we can go through life sleep walking under the assumption that the rule of law, good order, and good government are naturally human and stem from human qualities of “goodness”. In reality, this folly leads inevitably to desolation and destruction. We are NOT worthy! Our natural proclivities, our concupiscence, incline us towards evil thinking, evil beliefs, and evil behavior. Our culture is steadily marching in lockstep down a path to acceptance of abominations and immoralities the practice of which would have been anathema and worthy of imprisonment and death even a couple of generations ago.

Your Dying Heart”, Adrian von Ziegler, from the album “Requiem”, (2011)

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Hacksaw Ridge

The efforts of our fathers, the “Greatest Generation”, was perhaps the very last outpouring of Western Christian Civilization, demonstrating a willingness to stand against what was recognized as evil; identified as evil; and dealt with as evil; whatever the cost. The term “The Greatest Generation” is the title of Tom Brokaw’s 1998 book profiling members of this generation, stemming from his attendance at the D-day 40th anniversary celebrations. In the book, Brokaw wrote, “it is, I believe, the greatest generation any society has ever produced.” He argued that these men and women fought not for fame and recognition, but because it was the “right thing to do.”[1]

Today, we are knowingly, willingly returning to a pre-Christian civilization where it was perfectly OK for Rome, in 70 AD, to send half a dozen legions to Palestine to slaughter over a million folks because of “civil unrest”.  But Rome wasn’t just the big bad guy some folks like to portray, handing out punishment in isolation and solely responsible for the atrocities.

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Destruction of The Temple 70 AD

Because the Jewish nation brought down the retribution of Rome on itself because of the way the leaders and people were acting long before the Roman boot crushed the lawlessness.

Just for a bit go over and check out the account of Flavius Josephus here, and here, regarding the destruction of Jerusalem.

Pay close attention to the actions of the protagonists. It is worth the time in order to understand the parallels between then and what we are witnessing in the world right now.

The parallels are chilling in their similarities to the conduct of the leaders and the people of nations in this day, and the media just can’t get enough of it, reporting every atrocity which supports their narrative while ignoring thousands of others which don’t make the grade. Are you one of the true believers in the fantasy that it can’t happen now?

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Delacroix, Eugène, 1798-1863. Christ and the Disciples on a Raging Sea

We have spent the best part of the last 400 years steadily divorcing ourselves from the vital Christian roots of our civilization, the roots that fed us the understanding of what good behaviour actually was.

We are steadily morphing into a graceless, de-sacramentalized, self centered dog eat dog world, a world which Jesus Christ and his teaching came to move us away from by way of the church and the grace of the sacraments.

The source of all goodness came to us in the likeness of ourselves and spent his life teaching us how to behave, how to live together, how to care for our brothers, how to live in God’s love.

He created a lifeboat to survive the stormy seas of human existence and we reject that lifeboat, believing our own narrative in preference and climb out of the lifeboat. We try to swim away on our own power, continuously trying  to do this thing on our own and with our own values and agendas, utterly blind to the spiritual and physical carnage around us.

We just keep swimming while ignoring the lifeline continually being offered to us.  The Sharks are having a field day!  Wake up people!

Cheers

Joe

03-pool-of-worship Self worship is the root of all evil, not money.

 

 

 

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Transience and Immutability … “plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose”

“Aki” Rodrigo Rodriguez, from the album “Inner Thoughts”. (2006)

Thinking tonight about the similarities between events in my own family life and what I observe happening in the world around us. Close held opinions, world views which in some ways reject aspects of material reality which do not fit personal narratives, personal images, personal dreams, personal excuses. Some things seem never to change even in a society where change is the single constant.

I and my lovely wife were once great fans of genealogy,  spending many happy hours tracking down all the little facts and details of lives gone by, facts about how our families really lived, what they believed, what they stood for, what they fought for, what they died for.

Using parish documents, census documents, ships passenger lists, church roles for communities in the old and new world, reconstructing the lives of those who went before, weaving a narrative which goes back long before we were born and weaves us into a fabric spanning space and time, a fabric of belonging.

As in the time of my great grand-father, my grand-father and my father, so too now anything worth doing is hard to do. Anything worth making is hard to make. Anything worth expressing is hard to express. Especially, anything worth thinking is hard to think. So too with finding family information and facts when the prevalent meme is “spare me your facts, … “.

People simply don’t want to hear anything that diverges from their fashionable, comfortable and accepted narrative, even within families where digging up the past is at best greeted with “That’s nice dear…” or at worst, hostility and recrimination about “Why do you want to be digging all that up?”, or “That’s just a lie! …”.

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Merchant ships of the type sailed along the New Brunswick coast and area in the period Claude was a skipper. (Late 1600’s)

One family myth was that my mother’s side were DeVans from Belgium, and Pitts from Boston. The documented findings (facts?) show otherwise including  a direct lineage from:

PETITPAS, CLAUDE, schooner captain, interpreter, known particularly for his collaboration with the English. (What? a French traitor, certainly a wanted man in some circles. Ha! I’d guess he didn’t share that narrative).

Claude was the third child of a family of 15, son of Claude Petitpas, Sieur de Lafleur, clerk of the court at Port-Royal (Annapolis Royal, N.S.), and of Catherine Bugaret; b. c. 1663 at Port-Royal, d. some time between 1731 and 1733.

During his youth Petitpas was closely associated in his voyages and activities with the Micmacs in the neighbourhood of Port-Royal, where he lived in his father’s home until his marriage. Around 1686 he married an Indian girl of that tribe named Marie-Thérèse, born in 1668, by whom he had at least seven children (Metis), according to the 1708 census. (Hey Mom, bet you didn’t know we have Micmac relatives.)

On 7 Jan. 1721, after his first wife’s death, he remarried, again at Port-Royal; his second wife was Françoise Lavergne from that town, daughter of Pierre Lavergne, Father Breslay’s servant, and of Anne Bernon. She was only 17; he was about 57. (Cradle robber anyone? Whatever, but definitely French no matter how you slice it.)

She bore him four children.Absolutely shocking! Not a Pitts from Boston … hmmm.  Another myth – DeVan – well actually Devanney, from Sligo, Ireland.  OMG people!  Not Belgian and Anglo American but a shady hated background of lowlife Frenchies and drunken Irish!  Not THOSE people. We don’t talk to Those people. Well, Mum refused to ever talk about it and stuck to her myth, her “narrative” until the day she died.

As in the family so too in the greater world at large. That is just the way things always were, are now, and will continue to be, world without end, Amen.

Our society, our culture, our “civilization” worships the glib, the silly, the foolish, the stupid, the inane, the idiotic, the vacuous, the asinine, the comfortable, and especially the fashionable and/or prestigious, in short, anything which will fit in a twitter post – if it is more of an Opus then you will have to switch to Facebook.

In this dark time, everybody finds themselves burdened under burgeoning behaviour codes on every front, academic, legal, social, political, and family, the Star Chamber of the Politically Correct (known as “human rights tribunals” in Canada), the lawless Dictatorship of Relativism, the Family Cabal, shunning the one who dares to dig up “facts”, or worse yet, Speak Them Aloud! But now THOSE people grab the whip hand and wreak vengeance on anyone who mentions them or disagrees with their point of view.

The sentence of “Pariah” is passed and we are only a short hiccup away from being prosecuted because what we brought up might, potentially, hurt the feelings of unknown members of some vaguely defined, politically or familially favored group.

The dissident pariah loses his familial ties, his relationships, his livelihood, or perhaps, if he hopes to keep them, must submit to public humiliation, apologies all around, and some tightly directed PC course of “counseling,” or “sensitivity training,” or “re-education” on what(ever) constitutes acceptable behaviour and he bloody well better accept this chastisement with good grace and humility or he’s a racist homophobic National Socialist, eh?

Cheers

Joe

Dan Jurac Fine Art Photo of Hoar Frost_DSC2972_-25 degrees Celsius by December 5th. It’s about time, eh?  It is winter after all.

 

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