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Believing Christians and Jews know, or should know, that perfection is not of this world, but the next. Nothing and no one in this life is or can be perfect. Of course, the pedant will ask who gets to define the word perfect; but the rest of us know what it means. In writing about Human Capital I recently wrote:
We mentioned the Soviet example of Marxist "intellectuals" under Lenin, Stalin, etc., who, after having driven the people who owned and loved the land and made it produce, off of the land, then drove other laborers onto the land and ordered them to make it produce. It didn't work. Five-year-plan after five-year-plan after five-year-plan, no work quotas were ever hit. It was the same in China. Great Leap Forward after Great Leap Forward, the whole Communist economy stagnated.
America learned that lesson early on, with the Pilgrims, as we described in the Colonial Communism page. That lesson had been learned here, in the land of simple practicality, long before Marx ever wrote his Communist Manifesto and Marxism became such a popular intellectual fad. Marxism promised perfection, in social orders, in economics and even in human kind. But it was always a false promise.
In Genesis, Chapter 3, we see the first fraudulent and seductive lie, and its affect. "You will not die", said the serpent, making God to be a liar. "when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."
To "be like God" is to be perfect. That is the goal. That is the eternal wish, the ultimate temptation. To achieve the unachievable. To forget that, since the fall, perfection is not of this world, but the next.
Just as soon as men reject God and reject religion, the temptation of worldly perfection resurrects itself. Especially so in the minds of the proud and elite. The Godless always conjure up imaginings of achievable worldly perfection, if only the rest of the world would listen to them; they have the answers; they have become like God.
You see this in elitist personalities like Al Gore, who wants to convince the world that the weather and the climate can be perfected, by him, just as soon as all corporations and all nations buy "Carbon Credits" from him, and restrict production and use of fossil fuels, and reduce human exhaling of carbon dioxide, and reduce flatulence in cattle. Otherwise, the polar ice caps will melt and the Appalachian Mountains will become the Appalachian Islands. And he will not be so rich. And because of his God-like visionary abilities, he deserves to be rich. Seriously.
And you can see it in Comrade President Obama (peace be upon him) who wants to convince the world that health care and health care insurance can be perfected, by him, with reduced cost, increased availability, better health care, more availability of it, everyone covered, and with the byproducts of a better economy, more jobs, more doctors and nurses, and a happy population. No, really. He is like God; he can do all this.
But even the Catholic Church, the holder and protector of the fullness of Truth, is not perfect. It never was. Not only were the original twelve Apostles not perfect, but one of them was a traitor. So we should not be so surprised at Cardinals and Bishops who might say Mass with a giant cheese on their head, or be active homosexuals in a cabal called the Lavender Mafia, or happily dispense Holy Eucharist to pro-abortion, pro-sodomy public figures, or soften the doctrinal teaching against contraception, and so forth. Where it counts, at the core, the original Gospel and the original Revelation stands unchanged, protected not only by the imperfect Church on earth, but by the perfect Holy Ghost in concert with the Pope and the Bishops.
The first thing Marxists reject, on becoming Marxists, is God, and religion. The first thing they seek to achieve, after that, is Worldly Perfection, as described in Marx's Manifesto. The Communist Utopian Ideal: man-made Heaven on Earth. Perfected society. They think they have become like God, and they can do it. All those other past Communist rulers had it all wrong; this time, with this leader, it will finally work. The ideology is fine; it needs only the perfect leader. (In their intellectual impracticality, they don't even see that the ultimate utopian ideal precludes a leader, or a government.)
In struggling with the task of conjuring up an interim government aimed at bringing about Communist Utopia, Marxists use the bureaucratic model of the Catholic Church, stripped of its religion, to build upon. This was described by the economist Mises, as we described in the Catholic Communism webpage. The Church had solved the unsolvable problem: how to transfer power from one administration to the next without resorting to civil war. But the pure bureaucracy of the Church cannot work for worldly governance, for all the reasons described at the link. It can only work for the Church.
The Imperfection of America is always held up against the perfect ideal of Marxism, which has never been demonstrated in practical reality, to show the inferiority of the American Ideal.
America is imperfect, they say. No sh*t, Sherlock, is my response.
Communism doesn't even exist.
What really irks me is when I hear some one say "we (refering to America) were once a racist nation", or, "we were horrible to the Indians", or, "we were so discriminatory toward the Japenese that we arrested them during WWII", and so forth.
When you says such things, do not include me in your we.
All of America was never racist. The abolition movement began with the arival of the first slave ship. It culminated in the Civil War, fought to end slavery. No racist nation would have done that.
All of America was not horrible to the Indians. The crimes of the likes of Andrew Jackson cannot be laid at the feet of all of America, including all the missionaries to the tribes, and all the inter-married families, any more than the atrocities of some Indians against whites can rightfully be laid at the feet of all Indians.
Similarly, the crimes of FDR and his government against Japanese Americans cannot be laid at the feet of all of America. If they could, then it would logically follow that all of us agree with everything Comrade Obama (peace be upon him), his administration, the Congress and the Supreme Court are currently doing to us, to our Constitution and to the world.
The common thread that runs through all of this Worldly Perfectibility belief, is, godlessness. The elites who believe it, would be like God, and remake even man, in another more perfect image. Marx held that if man was not ready to accept the utopian ideal, then the nature of man must be changed. Marxian elites do not recognize the obvious and simple fact that if you change the nature of man he will no longer be man.
Look to North Korea for an example. There, the people love and very nearly worship their god-man glorious leader, even as he starves them to death. Are they still Homo-Sapiens, or, Thinking Man, or something less? They give the appearance of being dumb, domestic herd animals, there for the convenience and use of a higher being, upon whom they are totally dependent, for everything.
Just as no one is beyond Redemption, no people and no culture is beyond thinking. Independence does wonders for individuals, families and cultures. You can look at what it did here, and at what it did in Hong Kong, as examples of desperate situations turned into powerful economic engines, with the mere application of independent thinking. Nothing more.
If America does not turn back to God, then all is lost. Turning back to God means, necessarily, undoing much that has been done, some of which seems irrevocable. But nothing man does is irrevocable. It will mean turning over this entire government, through elections and impeachments, and declaring all that is clearly unconstitutional to be void and no law, or no legal precedent, or no executive order, or no bureaucratic regulation.
Seek ye first the Kingdom of God; if we do that, everything else will begin to take care of itself. But always remember this:
Perfection is not of this world, but the next.
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Date: Thu Feb 13 13:26:07 2014
Vic, I wonder if you have been exposed to Whittaker Chambers' book, "Witness"? In the forward, he makes these comments [edited for brevity]:
“The last war simplified the balance of political forces in the world by reducing them to two. For the first time, it made the power of the Communist sector of mankind (embodied in the Soviet Union) roughly equal to the power of the free sector of mankind (embodied in the United States). It made the collision of these powers all but inevitable. For the world wars did not end the crisis. They raised its tensions to a new pitch. They raised the crisis to a new stage. All the politics of our time, including the politics of war, will be the politics of this crisis.
“Few men are so dull that they do not know that the crisis exists and that it threatens their lives at every point. It is popular to call it a social crisis. It is in fact a total crisis – religious, moral, intellectual, social, political, economic. It is popular to call it a crisis of the Western world. It is in fact a crisis of the whole world. Communism, which claims to be a solution of the crisis, is itself a symptom and an irritant of the crisis.” (p. 7)
“In part, the crisis results from the impact of science and technology upon mankind which, neither socially nor morally, has caught up with the problems posed by that impact. In part, it is caused by men’s efforts to solve those problems. World wars are the military expression of the crisis. World-wide depressions are its economic expression. Universal desperation is its spiritual climate. This is the climate of Communism. Communism in our time can no more be considered apart from the crisis than a fever can be acted upon apart from an infected body.” (p.8)
“The revolutionary heart of Communism is not the theatrical appeal: “Workers of the world unite…..” It is a simple statement of Karl Marx, further simplified for handy use: “Philosophers have explained the world; it is necessary to change the world.” The tie that binds them…is a simple conviction: It is necessary to change the world. Communists are that part of mankind which has recovered the power to live or die for its faith. And it is a simple, rational faith that inspires men to live or die for it.
“It is not new. It is, in fact, man’s second oldest faith. Its promise was whispered in the first days of the Creation under the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil: “Ye shall be as gods.” It is the great alternative faith of mankind. Like all great faiths, its force derives from a simple vision. Other ages have had great visions. They have always been different versions of the same vision: the vision of God and man’s relationship to God. The Communist vision is the vision of Man without God.” (p.9)
“The Communist Party…has posed in practical form the most revolutionary question in history: God or Man? It has taken the logical next step which three hundred years of rationalism hesitated to take, and said what millions of modern minds think, but do not dare or care to say: If man’s mind is the decisive force in the world, what need is there for God? Henceforth man’s mind is man’s fate.” (p.10)
“One thing most ex-Communists could agree upon: they broke because they wanted to be free. They do not all mean the same thing by “free.” Freedom is a need of the soul, and nothing else. It is in striving toward God that the soul strives continually after a condition of freedom…. God alone is the inciter and guarantor of freedom…. External freedom is only an aspect of interior freedom…. Religion and freedom are indivisible. Without freedom the soul dies. Without the soul there is no justification for freedom…. A Communist breaks because he must choose at last between irreconcilable opposites -- God or Man, Soul or Mind, Freedom or Communism.” (p.16)
“There has never been a society or a nation without God. But history is cluttered with the wreckage of nations that became indifferent to God, and died…. The crisis of Communism exists to the degree in which it has failed to free the peoples that it rules from God…. The crisis of the Western world exists to the degree in which it is indifferent to God. It exists to the degree in which the Western world actually shares Communism’s materialist vision, is so dazzled by the logic of the materialist interpretation of history, politics and economics, that it fails to grasp that, for it, the only possible answer to the Communist challenge: Faith in God or Faith in Man? Is the challenge: Faith in God.
“Economics is not the central problem of this century. It is a relative problem which can be solved in relative ways. Faith is the central problem of this age. The Western world does not know it, but it already possesses the answer to this problem – but only provided that its faith in God and the freedom He enjoins is as great as Communism’s faith in Man.” (p.17)"
Here, Whittaker is speaking with inside knowledge, as a spy for the Russians and against the US. He lost his "faith" in the Communist ideal, came out, and named names for the House Un-American Activities Committee, including Alger Hiss, who wound up in a famous case in the courts. I recommend the book, and I admire your take on the conflict between us and the marxocrats who are destroying our country.
Date: Thu Feb 13 19:19:00 2014
From: Vic Biorseth
Thank you; my only familiarity with Whittaker Chambers is from some things written about him by William F. Buckley, Jr., in which the primary object was Alger Hiss. I will get this book; I am most interested in exactly how he came to his Come-To-God-Moment, and what triggered it. Coming as it did from deep within the belly of the beast, so to speak, it's a wonder he came out of it with his sanity intact.
I remember reading something a long time ago, written by an ex-Nazi soldier, about his sudden radical conversion back to Christ, on seeing multiple Jews hanging in a public square while a Nazi marching band played and marched past, and others went about their business, unconcerned. His world was upside down. I often wonder at how some wake up, and some do not, and just why that may be. But I will probably never know, in this life.
Nations and peoples have souls, just as do the individuals who make them up. The elites, in their godless wisdom, have set themselves the task of modifying us, our country, the world and nature. They see themselves as gods. But Truth wins in the end.
Thank you again, and God bless.
Date: Tue Oct 21 2014
From: Vic Biorseth
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