Sunday, December 1, 2013

Chesterton's Logic Applied to Gay Marriage

I liked this article. Anyone who appreciates the mind of G.K. Chesterton has a sort of immunity against the reverse logic that permeates our society.  

In a culture in which Cher can, with a straight face, say that anyone who opposes gay marriage is "evil", the individual is faced with a Orwellian world in which the mind control is not only dispensed by the government, but also at a grass-roots level .

Valerie Jarret recently makes the sick, preposterous claim that employers such as Hobby Lobby, in opposing the employer mandate that requires that they pay for abortions and abortaifacients, is trying to "...seize a controlling interest over the health care choices of women". Now, it does not take any formal education to realize that what Hobby Lobby is attempting to do is exactly the opposite of gaining control of anyone; if the employer pays for something, then it has control. If it does not, then is has no control whatsoever. 

That, however, is the insidious work of government employees who ply (often willingly) weak minds in order to pit one part of society against another. When the same is done by private individuals, the threat is far graver. The individual becomes terrified if speaking the truth, and to avoid being assailed by the mob, may very well feel the need to become the new anti-hero by supporting the new sick cause.

Far too many of us have given in to the flood of falsehoods. We have created a new chivalry, one in which the hero is now the one who supports acts of individuals and government that are aimed at the foundations of our society. We have fallen for the claim that "love" - which for them means merely an aberrant type of romantic love, is the only measure of marriage. 

This leaves out all the other types of true love. There of course is romantic love, which incidentally only became the main reason for marriage (and almost only in the West), very recently (arranged or parental -approved marriages were the norm for millennia and still exist in much of the world today). There is love of one spouse for the other, which is a far deeper love than that which may have caused them to want to spend their lives with each other in the first place. There is Christian love, fatherly, motherly, fraternal love, and all other sorts of love.

The purposeful re-labeling of marriage to be purely an institution defined by (romantic) love is a major part of the attack on marriage itself. Get the People to believe that your marriage is fully dependent on Romantic love, and the system collapses.

The author of the  following article (excerpts below) brings out some very good points:

"One of the pressing issues of Chesterton’s time was “birth control.” He not only objected to the idea, he objected to the very term because it meant the opposite of what it said. It meant no birth and no control. I can only imagine he would have the same objections about “gay marriage.” The idea is wrong, but so is the name. It is not gay and it is not marriage.

Chesterton was so consistently right in his pronouncements and prophecies because he understood that anything that attacked the family was bad for society. That is why he spoke out against eugenics and contraception, against divorce and “free love” (another term he disliked because of its dishonesty), but also against wage slavery and compulsory state-sponsored education and mothers hiring other people to do what mothers were designed to do themselves. It is safe to say that Chesterton stood up against every trend and fad that plagues us today because every one of those trends and fads undermines the family. Big Government tries to replace the family’s authority, and Big Business tries to replace the family’s autonomy. There is a constant commercial and cultural pressure on father, mother, and child. They are minimized and marginalized and, yes, mocked. But as Chesterton says, “This triangle of truisms, of father, mother and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.”

This latest attack on the family is neither the latest nor the worst. But it has a shock value to it, in spite of the process of de-sensitization that the information and entertainment industries have been putting us through the past several years. Those who have tried to speak out against the normalization of the abnormal have been met with “either slanging or silence,” as Chesterton was when he attempted to argue against the faddish philosophies that were promoted by the major newspapers in his day. In 1926, he warned, “The next great heresy will be an attack on morality, especially sexual morality.” His warning has gone unheeded, and sexual morality has decayed progressively. But let us remember that it began with birth control, which is an attempt to create sex for sex’s sake, changing the act of love into an act of selfishness. The promotion and acceptance of lifeless, barren, selfish sex has logically progressed to homosexuality.

Chesterton shows that the problem of homosexuality as an enemy of civilization is quite old. In The Everlasting Man, he describes the nature-worship and “mere mythology” that produced a perversion among the Greeks. “Just as they became unnatural by worshipping nature, so they actually became unmanly by worshipping man.” Any young man, he says, “who has the luck to grow up sane and simple” is naturally repulsed by homosexuality because “it is not true to human nature or to common sense.” He argues that if we attempt to act indifferent about it, we are fooling ourselves. It is “the illusion of familiarity,” when “a perversion become[s] a convention.”

 ..........“But the carpe diem religion is not the religion of happy people, but of very unhappy people.” There is a hopelessness as well as a haplessness to it. When sex is only a momentary pleasure, when it offers nothing beyond itself, it brings no fulfillment. It is literally lifeless. And as Chesterton writes in his book St. Francis of Assisi, the minute sex ceases to be a servant, it becomes a tyrant. This is perhaps the most profound analysis of the problem of homosexuals: they are slaves to sex. They are trying to “pervert the future and unmake the past.” They need to be set free.

....... Chesterton points out that balance that our truth must not be pitiless, but neither can our pity be untruthful. Homosexuality is a disorder.[And very often the result of sexual abuse suffered in childhood]  It is contrary to order. Homosexual acts are sinful, that is, they are contrary to God’s order. They can never be normal. And worse yet, they can never even be even. As Chesterton’s great detective Father Brown says: “Men may keep a sort of level of good, but no man has ever been able to keep on one level of evil. That road goes down and down.”

Marriage is between a man and a woman. That is the order. And the Catholic Church teaches that it is a sacramental order, with divine implications. The world has made a mockery of marriage that has now culminated with homosexual unions. But it was heterosexual men and women who paved the way to this decay. Divorce, which is an abnormal thing, is now treated as normal. Contraception, another abnormal thing, is now treated as normal. Abortion is still not normal, but it is legal. Making homosexual “marriage” legal will not make it normal, but it will add to the confusion of the times. And it will add to the downward spiral of our civilization. But Chesterton’s prophecy remains: We will not be able to destroy the family. We will merely destroy ourselves by disregarding the family."

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