Just created this a little bit ago. It seemed apt, in light of the Las Vegas massacre, among many other things…
The words are from then-President George Washington’s “Farewell Address” (1796). By “religion and morality” is meant Christian religion and morality, or at any rate the Judeo-Christian religious and moral tradition which has formed one of the major underpinnings of Western civilization for the last 1500+ years.
We have, as a culture (if one can use the term, currently…) and society, been abandoning this “great pillar of human happiness” – along with other pillars of our civilization, such as the Greco-Roman political and philosophical tradition, and the courage, passion, and physical prowess of our Celtic and Germanic forebears – at an alarming rate over the last 50 to 75 years, and I think it is not coincidental that we have also seen our civilization in steep and accelerating decline over the same period.
A tree cut off from its roots does not grow, blossom, and bear fruit: it withers. The same is also true of a culture.
Source: The Wrath of Gnon – Twitter feed
The author of the “Wrath of Gnon” blog quotes G.K. Chesterton and Hilaire Belloc on the nature of democracy. Some interesting concepts, and worth considering, in my opinion! Reminds me of hagiographer James Kiefer’s reflection on the English King Charles I, who for his defense of the historic episcopate and the Book of Common Prayer is accounted by many Anglicans a martyr:
“On the scaffold, he said (I quote from memory and may not have the exact words):
“No man in England is a better friend to liberty than myself, But I must tell you plainly that the liberty of subjects consists not in having a hand in the government, but in having that government, and those laws, whereby their lives and their goods may be most their own.”
“That is to say, one may reasonably ask of a government that it establish justice in the land; so that judges do not take bribes, so that innocent men are not convicted of crimes, while the guilty are convicted and punished, so that honest men need fear neither robbers nor the sheriff. One may further ask that taxes be not excessive, and that punishments be not disproportionate to the crime. Charles would have said, ‘Do not ask whether the laws were made by men whom you elected. Ask whether they are reasonable and good laws, upholding justice and the public weal.’
“He would have invited comparison of his record in this respect with that of the Long Parliament (which sat for twenty years without an election, and whose members came to think of themselves as rulers for life, accountable to no one) and Cromwell (who eventually dissolved Parliament and ruled as a military dictator, under whose rule the ordinary Englishman had far less liberty than under Charles).”
There is much truth in the above. Both the ancients and our own Founders knew that democracy is inherently unstable, since it depends upon popular sentiment that can be easily swayed by a demagogue, and the closer it is to “pure” democracy, the thinner the line dividing it from demagoguery and dictatorship.
While I am not sure I would be entirely happy under the sort of absolute monarchy Charles I favoured, I do tend to agree both with King Charles I, as quoted above, and with the “Wrath of Gnon” author – who writes, referring to Chesterton and Belloc’s comments on democracy,
“Give me a Council of Elders to govern me, and a King to protect me.”
“The liturgy is not a festivity; it is not a meeting for the purpose of having a good time. The liturgy is what makes the Thrice-holy God present amongst us; it is the Burning Bush; it is the alliance of God with man in Jesus Christ, Who has died and risen again. The grandeur of the liturgy does not rest upon the fact that it offers an interesting entertainment, but in rendering tangible the totally Other, Whom we are not capable of summoning. The essential in the liturgy is the Mystery, which is realized in the common ritual of the Church; all the rest diminishes it. Men experiment with it in lively fashion, and find themselves deceived, when the Mystery is transformed into distraction, when the chief actor in the liturgy is not the living God, but the priest or the liturgical director.”
I am Anglican, not Roman. Yet the truth of this statement transcends ecclesiastical boundaries, in my opinion!
“In the long term, Europe can either prefer its own civilization and culture, and defend it, or capitulate to another. But it cannot… absorb masses of unassimilated members of another culture and expect to survive. It will be changed forever, and the change will be in the direction of the immigrants’ way of life, and away from that of the native-born. This is a difficult truth to accept in our egalitarian age.”
The situation is, of course, most critical for Europe. But if Europe falls, it is unlikely that America will be far behind.
It should be clear to any inquiring mind that modern Feminism has absolutely no desire to celebrate the Feminine Principle but has every desire to abandon it in favor of the Masculine Principle and to merely demote actual men to the status of the Bestial Principle. Or, to put it more clearly, Modern Feminism wishes to make women into men and men into baboons – sports-watching, beer-drinking, sex-obsessed, dullard baboons. What Feminism leaves behind in this move, ironically, is anything authentically Feminine.
“… Modern Feminism wishes to make women into men and men into baboons – sports-watching, beer-drinking, sex-obsessed, dullard baboons.” While simultaneously, ironically, and hypocritically, complaining about them being so.
“Since it is so likely that [children] will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage.”
~ C.S. Lewis