Saturday, May 14, 2011
Morality and The West
I was reading the New Zealand Conservative and come across a video entitled "The Pope and Civilization." The video discuses the near constant degradation of morality in the West and the likely fall of Western civilization. It is a theme that I have spoken of before, but the video speaks to this problem in a clear, concise manner and I highly recommend viewing it. I see today's moral dilemmas as the natural outgrowth of human nature and of the leftist tendency to remove all social controls from the public.
From the perspective of human nature, man has not had to worry about his personal survival for some time. Indeed, his standard of living is far beyond that of his ancestors regardless of social class. In America, even the poor are not truly poor. If one were to travel to the third world you would really see the poor. Crowds of people living in shanty towns, open sewers, and hungry children. The poor in the United States are far better off than their overseas counterparts in the third world.
American poor have cable television, live in air conditioned apartments, have big screen TV's, and many are even overweight. In fact, the government gives them so much at taxpayer expense that they have effectively become captured voters to the Democrats because they fear that the Republicans will take it all away. These folks have therefore become staunch defenders of their master's policies. They care not if you or I must pay for their lifestyle, so long as they can maintain it without the expenditure of effort on their part. To this end they even encourage theft.
What I mean by the use of the term 'theft' is the burdensome taxation of the wealthy in order to support their lifestyle. Like anyone else, they always want more and shouldn't the rich pay for it? They have so much anyway right? The fact that the rich bears the largest brunt of taxation in the first place makes no difference. The fact that the wealthy employs the vast majority of Americans is also irrelevant. The fact that the majority of the wealthy generally work twice as many hours as the average wage earner also has no bearing. But as Bill Whittle pointed out recently, if we consumed the entire wealth of the rich, corporations, entertainers, and performers, we would only have enough to run the government for one year. Then what would we do? All of the wealth is gone, there is no employment, and everybody is broke. Yet the poor and their masters always want to consume the rich because their choices are based on emotion and not on reason.
Emotion is also what is behind gay marriage and habits that lead to personal destruction. From the gay marriage perspective, people want to allow men who love men and women to love women to engage in the time honored tradition of marriage because who are we to stand in the way of love? What right do we have to define love and its expression? Quite a lot actually, but good luck getting them to comprehend that.
Marriage is a construct that protects and fosters children. The union of a man and a woman creates the next generation and that perpetuates the species of humanity. If there is anywhere that the tired phrase "it's for the children" should be used, it is there. Yet homosexual couples seek marriage. Why? I believe that it is because they only wish to access the privileges reserved for families. Access to health insurance, tax breaks, and other discounts that are currently denied them because they are unmarried. Other, not so family oriented behavior also arises out of the homosexual community.
Take the leather fetish fair hosted by San Francisco. The Folsom Street Fair is a circus of deviant sexual behavior and guess what? Children are permitted there, usually dressed in leather so that they can feel like they are part of the display of course, to witness sex acts of all nature perpetrated by adults in the open. Of course, the web site for the fair doesn't display the photos of children in attendance because that could be construed as child pornography. Although primarily for the homosexual community, straights also attend who have an interest in leather and bondage. Good times!
While this brand of deviance is labeled as normal for the masses, other behaviors have also become the norm. For example, Planned Parenthood and their rigid advocacy of abortion for birth control is in a spot of trouble right now. Similar to ACORN, Planned Parenthood has been caught many times covering up rape, assisting in hiding childhood prostitution and offering to eliminate the children conceived of that act, and has even grown so bold as to send out requests for donations in order to pay for abortions on Mother's Day. You heard that right, they want you to donate money in order to fund a woman's abortion so that she doesn't have to have the burden of celebrating Mother's Day, as a gift to your Mother. To me, that's like saying I wish that you had aborted me, but I gave some money to Planned Parenthood so that a woman who is going to do what you should have done with me, won't have to endure the hateful practice of motherhood like you did. Makes you feel warm and fuzzy all over doesn't it?
But that's the miracle of Roe v. Wade. The United States Supreme Court finds the lamest of excuses to affirm a woman's right to abortion effectively creating a brand new right based on mental gymnastics because it's her body. If it is her body and the child is nothing more than nail clippings, then why did mothers who killed their children in utero then have a cow when they found out that the hospital that gave them their abortion also threw their dead children into the dumpster with the rest of the garbage? None of them did that when their hair clippings are disposed of that way. They didn't say a word when their fingernail clippings were thus disposed of, and they certainly never complained when the surgical removal of a body part is disposed of in a like manner. So what was different with the abortion? Because it was their child and despite having killed it, they knew in their hearts that it was indeed a human being that had died.
But abortion used for birth control and other methods of birth control have led to sexual freedom which led to the increased spread of STDs and single motherhood, which led to a spiraling crime rate, which led to overcrowding in prisons. A long and complex chain of events and unintended consequences because man cannot seem to keep his pants on.
A community is built from shared beliefs and it is ruled by a shared morality. The shared beliefs emerge in the process of governance while the shared morality govern the conduct of men within that society. In essence, government is the broad brush that creates the fundamental law for society while the details are added with the fine brush of morality. As such, morality provides the details of a community by governing how men act toward one another because correct behavior is defined and agreed upon. Regarding Judeo-Christian values that are shared by the West, they define a code of conduct so that civil society will know what behavior to expect and what behavior should be suppressed.
In recent decades we have witnessed the headlong rush toward hedonism and the social destruction that such practices have wrought. When combined with leftist dogma the effects are greatly magnified. Multiculturalism in particular has done incredible damage to the foundations of the West. As new cultures are introduced into society they are all considered to be equal and therefore just as valuable as the native culture. In fact, no judgments are allowed as to the value of these competing systems of conduct, else they would not be equal.
This has allowed immigrant populations to insulate themselves from the native and created pockets of foreign influence in the nations of the West. Here in the United States we have a huge population of Latino immigrants, both legal and illegal, that have not assimilated into American culture. However, these people come from a largely Roman Catholic background and therefore share our Judeo-Christian values, if not beliefs regarding governance. In Europe the story is quite different.
European nations import citizens primarily from Islamic nations. The decreasing European birth rate, degradation of European morality, and multiculturalism have made it easy for an aggressive culture like that of Islam to grow virulently, and the EU demands that more be imported by member nations. It is telling that socialist nations like Germany and France are beginning to bridle at these demands. Problems associated with the Muslim community are legion.
Rape, drug smuggling, prostitution, and felonious assaults are problems that have been experienced all over Western Europe. Christian European women are particularly targeted for rape and prostitution. The Muslim community views these women as infidels and therefore unworthy of concern. The women, many teenagers, suffer gang rape, forced prostitution, and being treated like an object rather than a human being. Such crimes lead these children to drug abuse, alcoholism, and withdrawal from their native society.
Further, police have been unable or unwilling to enforce the laws regarding these crimes because they either fear being branded as racists or because Muslims lie in order to create alibis for those who committed the crime enabling them to dodge the consequences of their actions. Shockingly, the civilian men no longer have the backbone to defend their wives and daughters from these crimes and just throw up their hands. Therefore, I believe that Europe has fallen further and faster than anyone has realized. The situation is grave.
The peoples of the West can no longer sit idly by and watch if they wish to save their nations, culture, and values from being destroyed right in front of them. The damage is already horrific and will only get worse as time goes by. If we fail to act, if we fail to do the right thing, then we fail our future descendents mightily. Apathy has created the situation that we now experience in the West. We must be apathetic no longer. We must speak to our neighbors, our legislators, and our religious leaders and demand action from them. Else, we may experience the fall of Rome from the personal perspective rather than from the historical one.