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Very good analysis on the hastening destruction of Western Civilization June 7, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, disaster, error, foolishness, Four Last Things, General Catholic, horror, sadness, secularism, sickness, Society, The End.
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Not sure I’ve ever heard of this writer before, but in what I would call scholarly prose, he accurately diagnoses the ills of Western Civilization and their increasingly inevitable effect.  To put it bluntly, we be hosed. The source of our hosing?  Leftism, of course, the same leftism that pretends it is bringing a human paradise is in reality creating what all human institutions deliberately disconnected from God bring: hell on earth (my emphasis and comments) –

Nothing is too big to fail, including civilizations, and ours is no exception. The decline of the West is historically inevitable, subject to the universal principle of entropy that functions on every plane of natural existence, including the cultural. The agencies by which it works on this level are readily isolated: the endemic vices and pathologies of human nature (greed, resentment, hatred, envy, sloth); the tendency to take for granted the benefits, rights and privileges that have been painfully won in the past and gradually squandered in the present; the eclipse of historical memory and the concomitant exhaustion of mental vigilance. Whether decline can be retarded is, of course, an open question, but one thing is certain: pushback is futile absent the recognition of the symptoms of decay. [A great deal to unpack in one brief paragraph.  I would summarize the collapse of our civilization by quoting Solzhenitsyn, who described the hell that was the Soviet Union by saying: “Men have forgotten about God.” The entire collapse of Western Civilization can be summarized in the same words. We also see in the above the futility of a conservatism grounded in the same radical assumptions that inform the entire endarkenment ethos, ideas like religious liberty and society built much more on freedoms and privileges than duties and responsibilities]

Perhaps the most evident sign of civilizational devolution is the inability or unwillingness to acknowledge reality, to come to terms with things as they are, and to oppose the suppression of objectivity and its substitution by fantasy, illusion and wish-fulfillment………But when thought and action come to be governed by the anarchic principle that what is, is not and what is not, is, a process of social, political and epistemological disintegration invariably sets in. This is the condition in which the West finds itself today. [Which rejection of reason started with the protestant revolution, which was an attack on scholastic reason and the Faith from which it flowed]

At every turn, the real is conceptually abolished by a cult-like mindset that vitiates the social and cultural life of a people by performing, as David Mamet points out inThe Secret Knowledge, an act of sacrifice on the altar of superstition and willed ignorance.  The new observances, he writes, “must absolutely repudiate the old,” a form of disavowal especially typical of the Left which is in the process “of sacrificing production, exploitation of natural resources and an increasing standard of living” in order to propitiate its gods and ensure the preservation of a global hallucination, a pervasive climate of doxa[And we can see a bit of endarkenment informed liberal “conservatism” creep in here, pretending that economic productivity is a good in itself, which disordered view helped generate the movement of reaction engendered in socialism/communism.  He misses, or chooses to ignore, the metaphysical aspect of this movement against reason, and the extremism in carrying this evidently self-destructive project forward: leftism is, at its core, a competing and inveterately hostile religion to Christianity, which it has warred against since its inception.  Indeed, leftism is nothing more than the putting into practice of a world-view based on rejection of Christianity at its most fundamental level, positing an earthly paradise against the true one we are promised if we die in the state of Grace.]

It is as if the Soviet pseudo-scientist Trofim Lysenko has risen from the grave and, by a mordant historical irony, infected not the burgeoning Russian empire but a weak and decadent West that has succumbed to a sterile and perilous sort of intellectual vernalization—a term glibly misused by Lysenko to describe the process, mistakenly thought heritable, of forcing winter cereals to behave like spring cereals. As plant biologist Richard Amasino writes, Lysenko’s belief that vernalized transformations could be inherited “fit the Marxist ideology that…a Marxist society could produce heritable changes in attitude, and, thus, if the proper environment was provided, future generations would consist of improved citizens. Lysenko’s efforts,” he continues, “to obtain or fabricate results that supported a political ideology…had disastrous consequences for Russian genetics.” Where the speculative and the real are in flagrant contradiction, the results are almost always catastrophic. [Indeed, Lysenko’s theories not only led to disastrous famines, but also immeasurably advanced the environmental destruction that always accompanies socialist states.  Thus, the Aral Sea is now dry, because Soviet agriculturalists thought they could get cotton to grow in the barren Asian steppes, diverting water from the sea for the purpose. Socialist Libya under Gaddafi tried the same, draining ancient oases in the Sahara to try to grow cotton.]

The West is now busy at work across the entire field of social, cultural and political life promoting its own version of Lysenkoism, a misconceived exercise of supposedly vernalizing reality by transforming fact into fantasy and truth into lie for the purpose of creating the perfect society and the redeemed human being, transferable across the generations. Its assumptions about the world are guided not by common sense or genuine science but by the precepts of ideology and political desire.[In other words, by the precepts of religion]

Examples abound of the ubiquitous tendency to replace ontology with myth, the determinate with the fluid and the objective with the delusionary. A modest inventory of such noxious miscontruals would include:

  • Biological sexual differentiation must yield to voluntary gender identity.
  • A cooling climate is obviously warming.
  • The demonstrable failure of socialism wherever it has been tried is proof that it has not been properly implemented.
  • Democratic Israel is an apartheid state.
  • Islam with its record of unstinting bloodshed is a religion of peace.
  • Illegal immigrants are undocumented workers.
  • Terrorism is workplace violence.
  • A child in the womb is a mass of insensible protoplasm.
  • The killing of the old and the ill is merciful, even when the recipient of such tender concern is not consulted.
  • There is no such thing as truth, an axiom regarded as true. [This is the very key of leftism today, which is so dominated by the modernist, relativist thought from which it stems.  Note the impossible contradiction in the above: the one truth that MUST be accepted is that there is no unchanging truth. In a tragedy beyond reckoning, such thinking has found its way deeply into the Church, which is how we got both Vatican II and the phenomenon known as Francis]
  • Green energy is a social and economic good irrespective of crony profiteering, exorbitant cost, wildlife devastation, and unworkability in its present state. [Let alone the grotesquery of vast fields of giant windmills, the sight of which would have left previous, more sensible generations of naturalists like J. Frank Dobie aghast]
  • Storms, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods, tsunamis and mortality itself are natural phenomena, but Nature, which cares nothing for human life, is nonetheless sacred, vulnerable and at the mercy of human indifference. [Certainly, to some degree. I am not one who believes man should deliberately war against nature. But note the transference of God-like powers to men in the leftist assumption that man can and is inflicting irreparable harm on nature as if by accident.  Of course, these concerns have always been politically motivated]
  • Women are disadvantaged in the workforce, academia and society at large despite the fact that high-end hiring practices, legal judgments, custody protocols and university appointments, as well as student enrollment, wholly favor women to the detriment of men……..

……..When a civilization, or its cultural and intellectual curators who wield the instruments of power and authority, re-interprets reality as merely discretionary, decline and eventual extinction are guaranteed, and the Angel of History will preside over the ruins. When pretending becomes believing, and believing becomes mandatory, and calling out the naked emperor is punishable by law or fine or ostracism or loss of employment or worse, and when the scale of such abuses becomes effectively global, the “lifeworld,” or communal nature of daily life, as we have known it has ceased to exist…….

…….perhaps in the long run the only way to beat the cultural odds is to let the culture crash of its own accord, as it most likely will, and hope against hope that a viable replacement, a new and better form of civilized life, will rise Phoenix-like from the ashes. A melancholy calculation indeed.

Do go read, as they say, the whole thing.  I copied a lot, but there is more gold in the bits I left out.

That last paragraph really resonated with me.  The entire piece is brilliant, but I found the last paragraph to be a very fine summary of the feeling I think many (most, almost all?) traditional Catholics (and other deeply observant Christians) have when viewing the carnage that is the world around them.

I must admit to being fairly cold to the idea of not just silently hoping for the demise of this, ahem, culture, but even taking steps to hasten it along (I should make clear, the author does not endorse such hastening, he argues that we must continue to fight).  That coldness stems from several factors: my combative nature, my concern for my children and their children, and the study of history.  Cultural collapse is not a pretty thing.  The vast majority of us would be long dead before any kind of replacement emerged, and given the near total lack of real, Christian faith in the world today, the seed-bed for a well-ordered, holy culture is not present.  The replacement could be much worse.

It took Christendom 500 years to (even begin to) recover from the twin disasters of the collapse of the Roman Empire, and the islamic and barbarian invasions.  Even worse, because our technology has climbed so high, and our technological system to complex and delicate, chances are that if this culture collapses, it will do so far more quickly, violently, deeply, and horrifically than any that have gone before. Practical knowledge of how to live in a non-technologically aided society is all but gone.  Even most farmers would have a terrible time raising even subsistence-level crops without advanced machinery. Who has draft horses anymore?  Who has a plow?  Who has a hand reaper? Most people would be completely, utterly lost. The carnage would be unbelievable.

But I fear it is inevitable at this point.  May God have mercy on us all.  I tend to think if this civilization does collapse, it’s because we’re in the parousia, the end of the world.  In which case we’ve just got to suffer through as best we can, anyway.

Teen male crushes girls at track and field….. June 7, 2016

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……..the only thing really unusual about this picture, is that the boy was allowed to compete against the girls as a girl.  A pretended girl.  And now that he placed quite highly in several events, some of the girls are justifiably upset.  Silly girls, don’t they know that women’s rights, Title IX, and all that is sooo yesterday. Women’s usefulness to the Left is declining, they’ve moved onto other things:

High school girls in Alaska are crying foul after a male sprinter took home all-state honors in girls’ track and field. According to local reports, it was the first time in Alaskan history that a male athlete competed in the girls’ state championships.

Haines senior Nattaphon Wangyot–who self-identifies as a girl–advanced to the state finals in the 100-meter and 200-meter events. He won fifth place in the 100-meter dash and third place in the 200-meter. In both events, he competed against girls as young as ninth grade. [which is far too young for someone to be exposed to concepts as troubling as self-hatred, body mutilation, and pretending to be “trapped” in the “wrong” body]

……..Another runner, Peyton Young (who competed in a different event) took a similar position. “I don’t know what’s politically correct to say, but in my opinion your gender is what you’re born with,” she told the Alaska Dispatch News.

“It’s the DNA. Genetically a guy has more muscle mass than a girl, and if he’s racing against a girl, he may have an advantage.”…….

……Wangyot — who immigrated from Thailand in 2014, according to the Alaska Dispatch News — also played on the girls’ volleyball and basketball teams. [Strangely, two countries, and only two, have drastically higher rates of “transgenderism” than any other – Brazil and Thailand.  Both are longtime libertine countries.  Again, so much for “born that way.”  But now that the left no longer needs that meme, it’s all will to power, I can identify as whatever I want.  Me, I’m a severely brain damaged  quadriplegic  qualifying for 500% disability.  I’m just waiting for the checks]

In related news, the disastrously heterodox and rapidly dying Sisters of Mercy have a tranny teacher working at their – go figure! – San Francisco high school.  You can sign a petition here to register your outrage, not that these heretics will care in the slightest:

Although an English teacher at Catholic Mercy High School in San Francisco is a biological woman, she now self-identifies as a man.

Adding to the confusion, the Sisters of Mercy who run the school think it’s fine to have the transgender woman dressed as a man teaching at the all-girls school. [What does Archbishop Cordileone think? Why has he not taken action?  Whether ostensibly administered by religious or not, does a bishop not have at least some degree of administrative control – if he wants it – over every school bearing the Catholic name in his diocese?  What about his much-publicized insistence that teachers must obey the Doctrine of the Faith?  How can that be reconciled with the presence of this transexual activist?]

However, to place a transgender schoolteacher in a Catholic classroom is worse than telling students that 2 plus 2 equals 5.  It’s a scandal which Our Lord firmly warned against:  “But he that shall scandalize one of these little ones that believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone should be hanged about his neck, and that he should be drowned in the depth of the sea” (Matt. 18:6)……..[He certainly did warn that, but the modernist progressives who dominate Church administration view such Scripture as quaint at best, and false at worst]

…….[The unmitigated gall of these people…….] In a letter to parents on May 11, Sister Laura said:  “Because some students and parents, faculty and staff may appreciate having assistance with processing their views regarding the teacher, who identifies as a transgender man, we have arranged for counselors to be available for you this week at the School.” [Condescend much, leftists?]

In other words, those who disagree with the transgender revolution are the ones who might need “counseling.” [Of course.  Just like in the Soviet Union of old, or China today, to oppose “paradise on earth” re: the commie agenda is to demonstrate oneself to be either insane or bearing criminal malevolence, and thus worthy of incarceration in a mental hospital or prison. There are plenty in positions of authority who would be happy locking up observant Christians today in this country.]

And the transgender schoolteacher with a clear agenda said:  “For my own sense of authenticity in the classroom, it was important to name myself, to identify myself, to bring the whole self into the aspect of my teaching. It is important to speak to this issue, not to be silent.”

Yes, quite an agenda.  The teacher has apparently worked at the school for four years, but the quote above seems to directly contradict the excuse offered up by school administration, that a teacher’s private life should have no impact on their function as a teacher.  That’s crap – you think they would condescend to hire many conservative activists? – but we can see the teacher feels their private life isn’t private, but is in fact the perfect subject to indoctrinate students in the perverse lifestyle of self-loathing decadence.  Thus the administrations’s justification for employing this individual is revealed for what is is: shameless, hypocritical self-justification.

As if we needed another demonstration that leftism is all about one thing: power for themselves.

Reality or twisted fantasy? More “straight” guys than ever delving into same-sex sodomy? June 7, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, asshatery, Basics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, Revolution, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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THIS POST DEALS WITH TROUBLING SUBJECT MATTER. YOUNG READERS AND THOSE WITH SENSITIVE CONSCIENCES SHOULD SKIP THIS POST.

I’m going to be careful in how I deal with this report, because the source is heavily biased (and I won’t link to it), and, being lost in this particular perversion, seems to have more than a passing interest in seeing what might be a fantasy confused for reality.  Nonetheless, some of what is claimed below jives with much of what we have seen in the increasingly depraved culture of late, so it could be true, at least in part.

The claim is that more men than ever are having “bisexual” dalliances with other men.  Women’s rates of same have also reportedly increased, but since the origin of this material is a male same-sex-attracted website, the obviously don’t give a flip for the latter.

See what you make of this.  I have some thoughts at the end:

……researchers have found that more Americans are having gay and bisexual sex than ever before……

The findings appear in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior. Researchers studied surveys about sexual behavior from 30,000 people, spanning from the 1973 to 2014.

From 1990 to 2014, both men and women doubled the rates at which they had sex with someone of the same sex. Men rose from 4.5 percent for men to 8.2 percent. For women, it went from 3.6 percent to 8.7 percent. Notably, the percentage of people who reported having sex with both men and women went from 3.1 percent to 7.7 percent…….

…….Americans have grown significantly more accepting of gay sex during that period. In 1990, only 13 percent of people thought that there was no problem with such activities. Now, that’s at 49 percent, and 63 percent among young people……

………Ultimately, what we’re seeing are the death throes of dumb old taboos that once shamed and controlled our bodies. Everyone’s starting to figure out that life’s a lot more fun when you take off your clothes with whoever you like.

Oh, yes, so much more fun!  You get to enjoy things like moral degradation, the development of a reprobate sense unable to distinguish right from wrong (indeed, such is a veritable requirement to fall into this kind of lifestyle), sky-high rates of depression, substance abuse, and even suicide.  But remember, all these things are fun!

Obviously there’s more than a bit of wish-casting going on in the above.  As for the data, I have a healthy skepticism for such politically loaded “scientific” reports.  Having said that, I do not doubt that there are a lot more people, especially young people, now falling into same-sex deviant sexual behavior, for the following reasons:

  • The destruction of stable family life, and especially the absence of stable father-figures, leaving people with gaping holes in their souls
  • The explosion of self-abuse and pornography use, literally creating a sort of brain damage and leading to out of control appetites always searching for the next higher thrill
  • The indoctrination through media and the schools of millions of people, especially young people, in the supposed “virtues” of the same-sex lifestyle.  Indeed, in today’s victim culture, being able to proclaim some kind of minority, victim status is the ultimate symbol of moral authority and gets one a lifetime “get out of accountability for one’s actions free” card.

Many readers will know I have what one might consider a troubled past.  In the rooms of Narcotics Anonymous, I got to hear many a sordid tale.  So many were heartbreaking.  One I heard with grim regularity was the reports of those who had given their bodies to the lusts of people of the same sex in order to score drugs.  These reports were some of the most emotional, heart-rending I ever heard.  The sense of self-loathing and overwhelming shame at having perpetrated these acts was palpable even many years later for these folks.

But what struck me the most was the uniformity with which these souls reported the unnaturalness of the act(s) they had lowered themselves into.   I’ll forever remember the guy twitching and writhing in his seat as he shared the unforgettable discomfort he felt when allowing men to mess with him for drugs.  That’s because the acts he engaged in were profoundly counter to his nature.  Even a drug addict’s nature.

But nature can be somewhat fungible.  If the data below is even remotely correct, it rather explodes the “born that way” meme, doesn’t it?  Of course, now that the sodomites and gomorrists have obtained just about everything they want, they have left that meme behind as no longer helpful, as leftists always do.

Those with a lick of sense (and at least a somewhat living conscience) know that the sources of the sins of sodom and gomorrah among people of the same sex has always been very much due to environment and particular choices, rather than some unshakable affliction with which one was born.  The breakup of the family, the collapse of fatherhood as a lived experience in the lives of many, and the widespread abuse of self accompanied with porn use has created a fertile breeding ground for these sins which cry out to Heaven for vengeance.  We have seen, over the past several decades, each succeeding generation fall further and further into out of control lust, unceasing narcissism, moral depravity, and now outright perversion.  Contraception begat fornication, which begat divorce, which was accompanied by the normalization of porn use and self-abuse, which gave way to the normalization of sodomy of all kinds.

All these things have created an environment where today it is almost considered at least a rite of passage young people from many milieus to dally with people of the same sex.  This has been so prevalent among young women as to be virtually a meme regarding girls in college (as they rediscover their heterosexuality at graduation), but I have little doubt it is now passing over to men.  Given that “transexual” porn is one of the most popular forms of pornography among “straight” men, the next step – actualization in reality – has been waiting to happen.

Don’t mean to be a downer, but as I hope to show later today, God willing, all this reveals a decadent culture in severe, virtually irreversible decline.  The harridans of the sodomite agenda are laughing gleefully as they help drive the final implosion of civilization as we know it.

I don’t know what the civilization that replaces this failing one will be like, but I am absolutely certain those hastening the end of the current one won’t like it one bit.