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I submit that never before has any culture had such an opportunity to light the way for other cultures, and failed, and moved rapidly into moral decline. Perhaps the ancient Roman Republic, before Julius Caesar, had such an opportunity, but it was far more brief; it's light went out almost as soon as it was lit. Only the great American Experiment has been so successful for so long. Alexis De Tocqueville, in his 1835 seminal work Democracy in America, noted that the major factor influencing America's rise was a combination of a disappearance of social classes and an almost universal appreciation for Christian virtue.
As wildly diverse as Christianity was in early America, the central themes of Christianity were held everywhere, by faith, without question, with little discussion, and with little deep study of it. People were raised on it. It involved a broad acceptance of unchanging, moral, objective truths, which provided the universal tools by which men could discern good and bad. Very simple. America was not a nation of great philosophers or deep thinkers, although she had her share of philosophers and deep thinkers. Ordinary men and brilliant men held to the same widely recognized objective truths and met on the roads, in the fields, in the taverns and in churches on a very nearly equal footing with each other, and dealt with life together. People knew what virtue was, and they knew what vice was, and they made laws and adapted their lives accordingly. Tocqueville prophetically predicted that when the American people ceased being good, America would cease being great.
But then, the growing Modernist Heresy gained more and more influence, particularly with it's over-emphasis of the worldly sciences over the theological, and objective truth became more and more relativized. This thinking had already had some minimal affects on America, as witness the popular period fad of Deism that was embraced by so many of our founders. Franklin, Jefferson, Washington and others were already convinced, by an over-emphasis of material science, that God just made everything, and then stood back to allow worldly nature to take it's course, in an observable, measurable way. Jefferson even went so far as to produce an edited version of the New Testament, leaving out all those pesky miracles so difficult for material science to explain.
But note well that, all of these men still believed. Even with this major problem with faith regarding even the miraculous elements within the Christian Creed itself, they still recognized the same common set of core beliefs in the objective truths central to Christianity, and they guided their lives and raised their children by them. Imperfect faith is still faith. They still claimed, operated within and guided their lives by the recognized Christian ethos.
But the Modernist seeds had been planted well. Theoretical Atheism gradually gained ground both in intellectual and in popular acceptance of the unproven but purely material hypotheses of Darwin, Freud and Marx. Each of these new theories was seen as scientific and therefore beyond reproach; material science had gained the preeminent position in the esteem of men of high and low education, and the quasi-religion of Scientism was born.
Men lost track of the theological side; they no longer sought, thought about or meditated upon the Primal Cause, or the first cause of all causes; they were too busy with the smaller questions of material science, which, they were sure, would eventually answer all questions. As a result, Practical Atheism, meaning living every day life acting as if God did not exist, is everywhere evident today. Principles such as separation of Church and State are so grossly miss-applied as to have become a thorough religious cleansing of the entire public sphere; religious expression is driven underground.
Today, moral relativism clearly has the upper hand in America. What's true for you might not be true for me; what's true for me works for me, but might not for someone else; whatever works for you; whatever floats your boat. This relativistic thinking signals the death of any general recognition of objective reality and it signals the death throws of a cultural ethos. Which means, of course, the death of a culture. For what is a culture without an ethos? Without a common guiding ethos, we are just a bunch of randomly oriented people, each with our own individualistic, me-first, self-centered moral guidelines. If it's good for me, then it's good; else it's bad.
You can see all of this just watching TV. Look at all the official advertising for Las Vegas. It's openly advertised as Sin City. You are encouraged to come there to sin. The new public motto is, What happens here, stays here. Right. Trust us. There are no blackmailers or extortionists here; there's nobody here but us sinners. In the guiding ethos of the voters of Nevada, prostitution is perfectly acceptable. It's good for business. And, apparently, it is not bad for the practitioners, or for the "clients," or for their families, or for society, or for the larger culture.
San Francisco, Orlando and Massachusetts all seem to be in a competition to be recognized as America's New Sodom. Executives, Commissioners, Legislators and even voters seem to see open homosexuality as a good thing for the larger culture. Homosexuals holding hands and kissing in public is seen as a good, wholesome, healthy example for other people's children to see. Parents who don't portray homosexuality in a positive light to their own children are seen to be intolerant bigots and homophobes. What, exactly, is this foreign guiding ethos? Will it eventually be imposed upon the rest of us?
Before the Katrina disaster, New Orleans was known world-wide as a virtually open x-rated city during Mardi Gras. The nudity, sexual orientation and excesses of the parades and the celebrations are absolutely legendary. News cameras would always blank out or otherwise censor the dirtier stuff while "reporting" on the Mardi Gras.
But much of this moral relativism can be seen right next door, wherever you live today. Casinos or River-Boats or Cruise-Liners or even Indian Reservations today encourage gamblers to come to their gaudy "entertainment" enterprises, to gamble on winning a fortune, or loosing your savings. Gambling may seem like the least of the bad activities in vogue these days; but I sense that, wherever big time money is being openly gambled for, big time gangsters are somehow involved. Money just draws criminals like dung draws flies. The whole notion of easy money is antithetical to the working ethic, attractive to the lazy man, and quite dangerous to youth, immaturity and the unformed conscience.
Yet among the TV shows most popular today are the ones involving world championships of Poker, teaching and encouraging young people to get ready to gamble big. But that's not the worst of it. There are the phony "reality" shows and the "no fear" shows in which contestants are anxious to prove that they will do anything, anything, for money. Like, eating live roaches. What does that tell us about their own estimation of their own human dignity?But it gets worse. We see on proud public display the clear ethos of BMDFP10 and the likes of Howard Stern, and Jerry Springer, making millions of dollars on their disgusting TV shows. They wouldn't be making all that money if a whole lot of people weren't tuning in regularly. What does all of this tell us about the general nature of our culture? Does it appear to be on the rise, or in decline?
But those who have just come faithfully through Lent, and know that they are now in the first week of Easter, and who are true to the liturgical calendar, know that all of us are called to a higher dignity, whether we answer that call or not. More of us need to publicize that fact, if we can, or show it by our personal examples, by turning off the crap, living as if we have an ethos, and perhaps making up in prayer and fasting for the excesses of others.Fredrick Neitche famously declared that "God is dead," and a whole slew of weak-faithed men applauded. But, God is not dead. Neitche is dead. There is absolutely nothing new about atheism; it's been around forever. In Psalm 14, the Psalmist tells us that the fool says in his heart "there is no God" indicating the folly of men who cannot or will not look beyond purely worldly things. But in Psalm 111 we learn that proper fear of God is just the very beginning point of wisdom. Yet the SLIMC1 is certain, certain, of their own wisdom; but they are, in truth, fools.
You and I need to set a good example. By our dress, our language, our outlook, our behavior, and perhaps most important, by our worship. To save your soul, you know what you have to do. To save your culture, you need to do something more. I believe that nations have a soul, too. It is our collective ethos. We need to find ways to move it in the right direction. None of us can do it alone, but together we can do much.
Do something positive today.
May you please God, and may you live forever. And may God bless America.
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Our 2006 Ohio Voter Guide. The choices are quite clear, and the 2006 Ohio Voter Guide was easy to produce
On carrying my Lord, Jesus Christ, in my pocket. As a Eucharistic Minister, I am on occasion carrying the Lord Jesus in my pocket. It's a wondrous thing.
A 2006 Christmas and Hanukkah wish. May the Holy Days we celebrate remind us all of who we are, and how we are different from other peoples.
Current Democratic Party platform reveals anti-Semitic streak among Liberals. In their voting, their speechifying, and in the slant of their controlled mainstream media reporting, the current Democratic Party Platform is made clear to all observers.
The "Left", and The DaVinci Code, The Passion, and Cartoons of Mohammed. You can tell a lot about a movement by its public words. The Passion? "Unreservedly Bad." The DaVinci Code? "Unreservedly Good." Anything to do with Islam? "No Comment."
Who's driving the Health Care bus? Health insurance companies grading doctors? Health insurance companies grading doctors: a legitimized conflict of interest. A preparatory step toward the nationalization of the health insurance industry?
On the forced use of medical boiler plate language rather than simple notes. The "little dictators" from insurance companies and government bureaucracies force MDs to use stilted, verbose, medical boiler plate language in their own documentation.
Home For Christmas 2008. Website Getting Active Again.
Hydrogen power could be, and should be, the wave of our automotive future.Any move toward hydrogen power is a move toward a cleaner and more efficient fuel, and away from our dangerous dependency on oil.
Thoughts in remembrance of 09/11/2001, five years later. The changing shape of the war, the changing shape of the enemy.
The Jewish Shabbat. Description of Jewish Shabbat (Sabbath) from my Holy Land item supplier.
Kerry lies again, and then lies about his lies, in concert with the SLIMC.There he goes again! Kerry lies again and again about American servicemen and veterans; he just can't help himself.
Kerry's Lies: The Old, Vietnam-Era Anti-War Chickens are Comming Home to Roost. POW Lawsuit Could Force Kerry To Come Clean - by George "Bud" Day, Chairman, Vietnam Veterans Legacy Foundation.
What's going on with Mel Gibson? Is he really an anti-Semite?I am surprised that Mel Gibson is an alcolholic. But I am never surprised at any words that come out of the mouth of any drunk.
Still Worrying Over NuVo Consequences. The Holidays have gone by, several days have passed, and the SANE NuVo Initiative still stands pat.
The Dem's October Surprise involves another flip-flop of their public "standard" The clearly pro-sodomy Party that openly seeks the "Gay" vote goes Victorian for another pre-election October Surprise ploy.
Some Problems with NuVo: the so-called Null-Vote Initiative. A "philosophical" movement aimed at keeping religious conservatives from voting? Seriously? Let me state my problems with NuVo.
Come, let us sit and reason together. Jews and Christians of various stripe and spot can say to each other, 'Come, let us sit and reason together.' But we can't do that with the Moslems.
Regarding SANE works dropping NuVo: Nul Vote Initiative dies with a whimper. If you can't really present a good argument, sit down. On SANE Works dropping the NuVo Initiative: a program that works hard to SOUND pro-American while ACTING to oppose American National Existence.
Even experts grossly underestimate the Marxist zeal of the American Left. The sharp Left turn happened in the Hoover-FDR era, and the Marxism of the American Left has been deepening ever since.
Thinking American, in a nutshell: When one has lots to say, but time is limited. The older I get, the busier I get. Answering multiple questions as a thinking American, but in a hurry.
"We are an Easter People, and Hallelujah is our Song." (John Paul the Great). Our absolutely unique and singular Easter story, and the incredible force with which it struck human history.
Witnessing, grieving and weeping for our dieing culture. What might it take to call a whole people back from the brink of cultural death?
If we have an inherent right to something, then, who must supply it? Rights and Responsibilities exist in paired sets; a right does not exist in the absence of a related responsibility. If indeed we have a right to our job, then, someone must provide it. Who?
So how come we have all these homeless people if our system is so great? The strong "Utopian Idealist" firmly believes that absolute worldly perfection is actually possible. Therefore, there should never be any such thing as a hungry or homeless person.
Taking a look at Illegal Immigration and Tax Problem solutions. In our view, the minimum wage and income tax have outlived their usefulness, and only contribute to the illegal alien problem.
First journal / blog entries when the thinking catolic blog first opened up. Notes to readers about what I was doing.
On-going WebSite work and planned WebPages as of 09/07/2006 Adding items to book store.
Vic's busted finger status - life goes on. Another busted finger status report, since the original one rolled off of the 50-entry BLOG update records.
Website Status as of 02/05/2009. No more Bookstore; no more Contact Me; no more complexity.
Website Status 03-09-2009. Just a note to bring you up to date on website status 03-09-2009.
Website Status 04/06/2009. Busy driving daily now; most website work will be weekend and as available.
The Plastic Bags and Eco Doom theory: will plastic bags end life as we know it? Plastic Bag and Eco Doom predictions tell us that plastic grocery and garbage bags will still be buried in the land fills and dumps a thousand years from now. Well … so what?
Farewell Smokey Biorseth; Rest In Peace. Hello Coal Biorseth; Welcome Home. As we were laying our beloved Smokey Biorseth to rest in his grave beside the lilies, a carbon-copy of Smokey, in younger form, emerged from the lilies.
Honky Biorseth really runs this house. If you want to know what's in any cabinet in the house, just ask Honky Biorseth.
Kill the illegal alien marketplace, and illegal aliens will leave on their own. Why should we "imagine" life with no Mexico? Shouldn't the Mexicans be trying to imagine life without the USA?
More Marxist infiltration of higher education. Public school and the media are not the only places dominated by Marxist thought; even Catholic institutions are infected.
Of Families and Fortunes, and Inheritance Vs. Redistribution. Families and Fortunes are despised by Marxists, because Marxism demonizes the family, demonizes fortunes, and even demonizes profit.
Website Status Update 11/09/10 Just a Website status update; where we are and where we’re going.
Regarding the 2010 Tax Deal Pledge Breaker: Pledge? What Pledge? How can Republican deal makers even face us? We need to hang a Tea Party target on all professional politicians for 2012.
Pray for peace in Jerusalem, and for deliverance of Israel from harm. To pray for peace in Jerusalem is to pray for deliverance from Obama.
A tale of Promised Financial Melt-Down Debt Ceiling Nonsense and Happy Marxists. Everyone, on both sides, believes the Debt Ceiling Nonsense. Why?
God and Nature: on the Nature of Things, established by the Creator of Things. God and Nature: on man’s Perversion of the Nature of Things, even with the best of intentions.
Our Ohio voter Guide for the 2012 Election. The 2l012 Ohio Voter Guide – The Choices Have Never Been Clearer, or more critical.
Evangelization enters the animal kingdom with the first bear prayer. It is fitting that the first bear prayer would be a prayer of thanksgiving.
Is the Internet down in Lithuania? Sudden loss of Lithuanian traffic suggests the internet is down in Lithuania.
The rise of the Femi Nazi Green Beret, and the decline of military victory. The first Femi Nazi Green Beret will be awarded out of fairness, not excellence.
Food Insurance: Is this stuff really any good? All of us conspiracy-theorizing, global-calamity doomsday-preppers need their Food Insurance.
We just had to try to do Robert Irvine's Plastic Wrapped Baby Back Ribs. Put plastic wrapped baby back ribs in the oven? What? Are you nuts?
Thoughts on the first Eucharist, established by the Last Supper. The first Eucharist was recognized by the Apostles for what it was on that holiest Holy Thursday.
Get behind these Tea Party Candidates. The Constitution is not going to be restored to legal preeminence unless we replace leadership incumbents of BOTH PARTIES.
Ecce homo; Behold the man. Ecce Homo. Behold the Innocent Lamb, who takes away the sins of the world.
When your system slows down or hangs, it's time for a Total System Reboot. America, the World, and even the Catholic Church may need a Total System Reboot.
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