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Vic Biorseth, Tuesday,
January 19, 2016
Everybody instinctively knows that the "best" cultures are the most moral, peaceful, civil, well mannered and refined. But where all that cultural "goodness" comes from is less intuitive, and less thought about within any culture, as that culture ages. It's just expected; nobody gives it much thought; it's just the way things are.
And it should not be that way, if good culture is to endure. The reasons for cultural goodness must be taught to younger generations, or they will simply slip away, and the "goodness" of culture with them. So, why is a culture "good", and how does that goodness come to be?
It's easier to define how it goes away than where it originates. Just as an unused muscle will slowly atrophy and shrink over time, an untaught, ignored, un-reinforced moral will slowly disappear. And it is specific morality - a distinct moral code - collectively held, that forms the foundation of a good and decent human culture.
The recognition of a super-natural transcendent reality, of a power above man and nature, and of an ultimate destiny beyond the purely physical world, is at the root of man's "moral" rules of behavior. These morals are "Principles" for man to live by, in the interest of aligning one's will with the will of a higher being, in anticipation of eternal reward or punishment.
We have herein shown, perhaps over abundantly, evidences of the Objective Truth of the Catholic religion, and the relationship between God and Truth: that God is Truth.
To oppose God is to oppose Truth; to oppose Truth is to oppose God.
God is the author of all that is; that means God is the author of Nature.
To oppose God is to oppose Nature; to oppose Nature is to oppose God.
We have treated herein, again perhaps over abundantly, the sources of Catholic morality and Judaeo-Christian morality: the Commandments, the Virtues and Vices, the Wisdom Books, the Beatitudes, the Precepts, Chastity, etc. Even after the birth of Christianity, and even after the Fracturing of the Reformation, Judaism, Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy and the overabundant majority of Protestant denominations, still all agree on all the main points and high principles of religious morality, based, at the very least, on the Commandments.
And this common moral code, this commonly held set of high Principles, forms the foundation of Western Civilization, easily the most moral, civil, charitable, neighborly, decent form of civilization ever known in the history of man. And, again as we have shown, America has provided the best and highest example of Western Civilization, at least until relatively recent history.
The decline is now quite obvious.
This, too, is old ground. If law is representative of the people, and the people are a moral people, the civil law will be based on the common morality of the people. Much of civil law is pretty much divorced from Revealed Truth of religion. What side of the street to drive on, traffic laws, etc. But criminal law and civil law, and the adjudication of civil civil arguments, should always reflect the common religious moral code of the population of the culture.
Whenever civil law conflicts with or opposes moral law, it promotes social chaos and disorder. Men of high moral principle will not want to obey it.
The solution to that problem is simple: keep civil law representative, which is to say, moral. If civil law is representative of the people, and the people are moral, then the civil law will be moral, and it will be supported by the people. Very simple; nothing to it.
In the absence of religion, decent culture is quite impossible.
Politics should always support and promote the religion of the culture, and never oppose or suppress it. It is the religious belief of the people that feeds and maintains cultural morality. Politics should always be geared toward strengthening and reinforcing the culture's religion, and in assuring that all civil law is culturally Representative Law.
If civil law is made by the people and for the people, and the people are moral, then the law will be moral. Very simple; nothing to it.
But that ain't happening any more. Not in America. These thoughts were inspired by a talk by John Martignoni that I partially heard while driving my courier route recently, broadcast on Catholic Radio.
Examples of the political abandonment of God and Religion are now glaringly obvious all around us. The elites, those too "sophisticated" to believe in God, amply demonstrate, every day, their opposition to simple Truth, and to Nature. They have made themselves stupid.
One cannot abandon God and not simultaneously abandon reality and simple common sense.
Point out their foolishness in seeking to legislate, or regulate, or legally have some effect on the weather, for instance, and they will indignantly tell you that they are not interested in the weather, but the climate. While admitting that trying to modify the weather is dumb, they admit to trying to modify the climate, as if doing that were somehow brilliant. They know they can't affect the weather, but they insist on the need to affect the climate. It just doesn't get any dumber than this. But, you see, they're going to actually do it.
Through special carbon taxes, and international agreements. Right.
The sophisticates have conjured into being entirely new genders of the human species, other than male and female. They seek to remake man in another image, and believe it is "natural" to do so. In so doing they defy one of their earliest ungodly myths, born of Darwinism: Survival Of The Fittest.
According to the new super-sophisticated religion of Darwinism, the first "law" of the nature of life, or living beings, is survival of the species. And how does a living species survive, over time? By reproducing. The "New Gender" nuts join the homosexual nuts in teaching the "naturalness" of men having sexual relations with men, women with women, or with themselves, or with a tree, or with anything at all, other than the opposite natural gender. In direct violation of any possibility of reproducing, and thus continuing the species, and thus survival of the species.
What does the supposedly sophisticated use of artificial contraception do to Darwin's law of survival of the species? Well, the ungodly sophisticates think contraception is good for the planet. (The planet is good; man is evil. See? Whatever reduces human population is good for the planet.) Survival of the species applies only to species other than man because man is unnatural. I mean, he has become unnatural. I mean, he has evolved too much, or something. I think.
The New Sophisticates promote the naturalness and normalcy of women seeking to kill their own babies while still in the womb. It has gotten so bad now that murder of the innocent unborn is now falsely held to be some sort of Natural Right, and actually now is an actual Legal Right, fiercely protected by American courts and American government. It is promoted.
What does that lunacy say to Darwin's survival of the species?
We were married in the olden, olden days, over 47 years ago, when you had to get a blood test to get a marriage license. The reason given was to determine if you had some blood disorder or venereal disease, such as syphilis. If you had a venereal disease, you couldn't get a marriage license. That was then, this is now.
Nowadays, it's discriminatory to not allow venereal-diseased people to marry anyone else, of any number, gender or species, just because they have a deadly or debilitating infectious disease. It's an invasion of their privacy and hurtful of their feelings. The government says so, and the courts agree. It's the new sophisticated approach to marriage.
Why, we don't even check people coming into the country for diseases like the plague or small pox or anything at all any more; that was unsophisticated, old fashioned and discriminatory.
As we have pointed out elsewhere herein, contraception has not reduced the population, but grown it. It has not prevented venereal diseases, but increased them, both in numbers infected and even in whole new strains and varieties of venereal diseases. The reason is simple: Artificial contraception radically increases the causative activity of the increases population, and of increases venereal infection. And that is, unchaste sex. Sex outside of marriage, and marriage other than between one man and one woman.
It promotes sex without consequence, but there is no such thing. Our elites are far too sophisticated to know that simple fact.
As John Martignoni pointed out in his radio talk, if the American population would simply practice chastity, as described in America's Christian denominational religions, venereal disease of every single variety would become extinct in America within maybe as little as two generations. If the whole world population practiced Judaeo-Christian chastity, the whole world would be rid of venereal disease in the same time frame.
And what is this chastity, that once was expected and normal, but now is seen as unsophisticated, backward and "judgmental"?
But, today, self control and self mastery are held to be just as unsophisticated and backward as is chastity. Which is just a word. Our elites know better than the ancients. And they certainly know better than anyone foolish enough to still believe in God and practice religion.
While the vast American population may still be Christian, America is no longer ruled by a Christianity-supporting or even believing government. Quite the opposite. They have become too sophisticated for that sort of thing.
Our government is driven by our Political Parties and our News Media, which in turn are driven by the their Donor-Class owners and operators, who are the super-sophisticated elites of high society. They reside, primarily, in the "sophisticated" urban centers of our Left Coast, and in the various Democratic Socialist Republics of our Northeast.
They do not follow our national Judaeo-Christian morality; they oppose it. They have become foreign to America. Those of them who's "values" do not come out of MPAV16 , like the Obamas, follow the moral code of BMDFP10 and Clintons. Or both.
If we don't turn this around in the next election, we can kiss it all goodbye. If we who believe in God don't begin to show it, in action, we may expect to be abandoned by Him who was abandoned by us.
It will be all over. The America that was will no longer be.
Beam me up, Scotty. There's not only no intelligent life down here, and no science down here, but there is no simple common sense down here.
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The website is going on hold for at least the next five weeks. Business calls, and I must respond. Will be traveling, and not taking the laptop this time.
Current Website Status. Still too busy for individual responses to questions, comments & criticisms.
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.
"We belong to the Church militant; and She is militant because on earth the powers of darkness are ever restless to encompass Her destruction. Not only in the far-off centuries of the early Church, but down through the ages and in this our day, the enemies of God and Christian civilization make bold to attack the Creator’s supreme dominion and sacrosanct human rights.”--Pope Pius XII
"It is not lawful to take the things of others to give to the poor. It is a sin worthy of punishment, not an act deserving a reward, to give away what belongs to others."--St. Francis of Assisi
Truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.—Winston Churchill
The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.—Ayn Rand
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