Miscellaneous Meanderings on the signs of the times (Vol. 9, No. 105)
Dr. Mark S. Latkovic
December 1, 2018
~Grandparenthood is an opportunity for a second chance.
~When secularists abandon traditional Christian morality, they don’t abandon morality they simply change the norms of morality.
~On Election Day I saw many VOTE or I VOTED stickers. These have always troubled me. We want the right voters to vote the right people in and the wrong people not to vote (the wrong people in).
~There’s a guy that’s jumping on the transgender bandwagon’s denial of good old fashion concrete reality. You see, he wants to legally change his age from 69 to 49 to (Are you ready for it?) date women more successfully.
(See https://news.sky.com/story/man-69-who-identifies-as-20-years-younger-begins-legal-battle-to-change-age-11547764). We get closer and closer to Eric Voegelin’s “gnostic dream world” (see https://www.cultureoflife.org/2014/05/09/politics-gnostic-dream-world/).
~The basic human good of religion is universal to mankind. Catholicism is one particular religion (I believe the true religion). Speaking on a purely “natural” level,” many Catholics see religious worship (e.g., the Mass) as a mere obligation (Some, of course, don’t even see it as that!) and thus they don’t see the further need for moral and spiritual education, formation, maturation, and so on. The New Evangelization must overcome this obstacle.
~Liberals don’t win arguments by the strength of their reasoning, but by their skill in redefining the terms of the debate.
~I felt quite old as I was paging through Sacred Heart Major Seminary’s seminarian directory last month. Of our near 120 students, only one (at 69 years) was older than me (at age 55). This is what happens when you teach at a place for almost 30 years.
~I find as a teacher, that the rhythm of the yearly academic schedule – with its semesters, holidays, and summer breaks – keeps you feeling both young and old: Feeling young, because you are with students younger than you; but also feeling old, because academia’s schedule has a way of making the time seem to go by faster as the years go by.
~The #MeToo movement always speaks about abuse of power and privilege but never sexual immorality (See, e.g., Monica Lewinsky’s comments quoted here: https://townhall.com/columnists/suzannefields/2018/11/16/is-it-reincarnation-time-again-for-hillary-n2536056).
~When people ask someone if he or she has traveled around the world, I wonder how the astronauts who landed on the moon responded when asked this question.
~From People: “After a wedding photographer was arrested on Saturday after allegedly having sex with a guest, she allegedly threatened police officers and even their children, according to a police report obtained by PEOPLE.” Later, we read: “The officers determined she had allegedly lost all of her mental and physical faculties, according to the report.” (See https://people.com/crime/wedding-photographer-accused-drunken-sex-guest-allegedly-threatened-police/). Well, at least a few people are using the Aristotelian-Thomistic language of “faculties” these days. It’s too bad it’s the police rather than our Catholic philosophers and theologians.
~By all accounts, the U.S. Bishops’ meeting in Baltimore, MD last month was a disaster. Just when you thought things couldn’t get worse…
~I write during the Advent Season, as we approach Christmas and another year. And Trump is still Trump, the media is still the media, and the Left is still the Left.
~Although it’s still a bit early, I will say it to my readers: Merry Christmas!