Sunday, December 19, 2010
Catholic Marriage or Bourgeois Marriage
by Thomas Storck
Sometime around the year 1970 I remember reading in that reliable index of the middle American mind, Readers' Digest, a story about an engaged couple who, for some reason that I do not remember, were unable to get married right away. The female half of this couple was discussing their plight with a friend, an older woman as I remember, and the young woman told her something like this. "I want him right now, all of him." (Actually she was not referring primarily to sex.) Her older, but not wiser, companion replied something like this, "Well, why not? Go ahead; one day it's wrong and the next day it isn't." And in these words is very well summed up the entire bourgeois American attitude toward marriage and sex - one day sex is wrong and the next it isn't. Marriage is merely a piece of paper granting from society the right to engage in sex.
Now certainly I must be either a Carthusian buried for years in some mountain hermitage or recently returned from outer space not to realize that for most people today such a license is no longer seen as a necessary prelude to sex. Far from it. But I suggest that part of the reason for the sexual revolution of the 60s and 70s is that the image of marriage that was implicitly held up before American eyes was precisely this bourgeois image - an image of marriage that neither appealed to our emotions nor satisfied our reason. If this was all there was to marriage, why not embrace free love?
The essence of what I am calling bourgeois marriage is this:
People fall in love and want to live with each other and have sex, but this is not nice to do unless society approves. Society makes you get a license and go through a wedding ceremony and then it's okay. If you don't get along you can get a divorce and then you can't have sex until you get married again, and then it's okay again, but if you're not married it's not nice. This, I submit, was more or less the popular attitude toward marriage in the United States through even the early 1970s...More
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Mr. Hitchens approaches the stage
First Question to Hitchens:
Q: Mr. Hitchens, how did you, your parents, and all things come about?
A: Evolution plus time and chance
Q: How do you know that?
A: Cosmologists and biologists tell us
Q: Are you, Mr. Hitchens, a biologist or cosmologist?
A: No I am not.
Q: Then how do you know they are correct and that theists are wrong?
A: This is preposterous...
Q: You are justified by faith then, are you not, Mr. Hitchens? A kind of hunch, is it?
A: No. That is not correct
Q: Prove it.
A: Uh... [It was here I was awakened with a Zen ice cream cone]
Then cometh the retort:
"Justified by faith then? Absolutely not, those biologists and cosmologists are peer reviewed, this is like running the gauntlet when publishing information, their hypotheses and conclusions are put through rigour and testing to make sure that the people who aren't an expert in that subject can rely on the information provided. No one can be an expert on everything which is why we have these systems. One person's ignorance is not proof of the contrary
To which the child responds: "Peers," yes, who share certain dubious epistemic presuppositions. But all genuine knowledge hangs on the "ifs"; and these "ifs" - these contingencies- which might go this way or that, break down into even more complex "ifs" at every critical juncture, endlessly, spawning more theory, ad infinitum. It is a serious problem unacknowledged in the club of peers, even if their presuppositions keeps the funding coming and the gauntlets run for tickets to feed at the trough...With making better widgets science can be content and proud. When it trespasses into metaphysics and ultimate origins it makes good men blush.
And yet another enlightened genius on YouTube retorts: "I long for the day that all this religious nonsense is put behind us and we can finally have a civilised society in which reason and evidence are at the heart of belief rather than stories and superstition"
Response: That "civilized" secular society you dream of has already existed, in the glorious paradises of Mao, Uncle Joe Stalin, Pol Pot, et al....It's what Huxley called the "scientific dictatorship" which now threatens again. It is answerable to no transcendent values which hold the Dear Leaders to account. The State alone is ultimate in that Paradise, and the so-called "scientists" (of the order thou callest for anyway) are its priesthood; its mysticism is nihilism... where men are meat....Good luck.
Progress: The proof of it, surely, is that Norman Mailer came much later than William Shakespeare, and that Picasso came after Michelangelo. Junk in, junk out.
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