Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Romantic Nostalgia For the Past

It is in some ways amusing, to the extent that the traditionalist intellectuals of our time, if they could be transported back to "glorious" times, would more likely have been serfs picking plums and planting cucumbers all day in the hot sun, without the slightest sympathy from the leader of the Pickers Guild who would remind them daily to mind their "place". It is unlikely that even the noon-time 90 second Angelus would deeply sustain their weary resentments. It certainly would not make up for what some rulers lacked. Justice and compassion.

No, the Gospel incarnates itself in every time anew, in our time even today, here and now. It has flourished or suffered in every age, but is uniquely situated in any age. The truth is, the evils of the French Revolution were in part our own fault. Had the poor been more loved and dealt with more sympathetically by rulers in the 17th and 18th centuries they would likely not ever have been in significant numbers so easily manipulated by the conniving Jacobins who were set to turn discontentment into outright bloody tyranny. There would have been more [real] Joan of Arc's.

Be careful what we wish for is one lesson of all the glorious Utopians from those Jacobins to Father Stalin. But another lesson is: lose the poor and not only is the Gospel betrayed but the Revolution wins. Some of our history was indeed glorious. But some of it was misery as well, even when in principle it was a Christian society aligned to all of the goods of the Natural Law.

A Christian society must help the human person prosper and flourish spiritually, intellectually and economically. Else a bad debt will be repaid later when rascals come to collect. Peter Maurin said that we must work for a Christian world where the worker will be a scholar and the scholar will be a worker. Yes indeed.

--->Why the world has gone bonkers...

--->Update - Neocon Warmonger Bolton: Israel has '3 days' to hit Iran nuclear site

--->U.S.-China Conflict: From War Of Words To Talk Of War. Relations between the U.S. and China have been steadily deteriorating since the beginning of the year when Washington confirmed the completion of a $6.4 billion arms deal with Taiwan and China suspended military-to-military ties with the U.S. in response.

--->Pentagon warning over China military build-up. If, God forbid, WWIII happens, it will have been in no small part the fault of the the bankers and Wall Street who through malice or greedy recklessness or both wrecked world economies. In a nuclear world WWIII must not happen.

---> "How long can America fend off the dragon? China overtakes Japan to become world's number two economy" "From the ashes of World War II, Japan rose to become a global manufacturing and financial powerhouse. But its so-called 'economic miracle' turned into a massive real estate bubble in the 1980s before imploding in 1991."

--->Homeless and Hungry at College. "The University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) [has] created an "Economic Crisis Response Team" to help homeless and hungry students stay enrolled. NPR reported the story of one such UCLA student, Diego Sepulveda, who ended up homeless after losing his full-time job at Subway. Now Sepulveda alternates between sleeping in the library, student center and friend's couches, catching occasional showers in a school gym. With tuition being jacked up and social services being cut, it has often been left to students--such as Sepulveda's friends--to help each other out. For example, Abdullah Jadallah, a 22-year-old UCLA engineering student, started a food pantry after noticing how many of his classmates were going hungry.

One Day: "And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled, for all these things must come to pass but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains. "---Christ Jesus, Mt 24:6-8