Nature and The Law
We will get back to that guy later. It is a funny thing modern man's rejection of natural law. He frequently says that there is no such thing. He demands that he be beholden only to his own mental constructs. But, I ask, when was the last time the law of gravity changed? If we all ran around acting as if there was no unchanging law of nature governing gravity, would not things get ugly in a hurry. Birds are ordered to flight by their nature. Human beings, not so much. The modern "intellectual" crowd, loves to reject the laws of nature, but you rarely see them leaping out of a plane with no parachute. The only reality that can indeed make man free, is accepting that he is a part of the universe, not it's center. Man is not the mind that ordered and gave purpose to things, he is simply subject to them and as a result must operate within the parameters of the laws that govern nature. If he refuses to, there will be consequences. Scientists did not bring the law of gravity into being. It was always there, we were always governed by it and every thrillseeker throughout history, who lept off some tall building hoping he would conquer it has paid some price (to a greater or lesser degree). The reality is that scientist's merely discovered that the universe, our planet is governed by an unchangeable law of gravity. They did not create it. It is an objective truth of nature.
These laws are not like the laws of government. Cooperating with them does not make men less free. Rather, recognizing that they exist and choosing our actions within them, are the definition of true human freedom. Leaping from a plane without a parachute does not enable me to freely sustain my life. The plane however, is a product of man's understanding of the universal law that governs his inability to fly as does the parachute. As Frank Sheed once said:
"The utmost freedom for man lies in co-operation, obedience, harmony with the universe and it's laws." Society and Sanity
The law of nature however, is not the product of a mindless chaos. This is the rub for our modern intellectual friends and likely the reason they reject it. They cannot stand the idea that order comes from an ordered mind. Imagine human life without gravity. Imagine plants growing if there were no sun. Consider this. When was the last time you witnessed an explosion that did not cause damage, chaos, and destruction. Ask yourself whether it is even plausible that two material things always existed from all eternity. Without anyone causing them to exist. These mystery particles that were caused by nothing, suddenly collided, exploded, and brought order and harmony. Nothing was destroyed or damaged. My mind cannot comprehend the irrationality behind the theory. It hurts. In fact, if the reality is that my human mind is taking orders from hyrodgen and oxygen than I am merely a slave. But, that is not reality. If we reject the idea that God is the author of nature, that He has ordered it and given it purpose we live in a quandry. We have to accept that we are the product of mindlesness. We have no other option but to see ourselves as a player on a team without a head coach. There is no game plan, no play calling, no substitutions. If there is no mind behind the universe the alternative is that we are slaves to the mindless. Which inevitably leads to the rejection of man's dignity as he forces himself to seek his likeness in lower things. The modern "intellectual" movement suffers from this enslavement due to their flight from God and the natural law.
"There can be no enslavement so total as that of minds to the mindless. And if there be no Mind behind the universe, then mindlessness says the last word as it said the first. But the mind of God is there, and it is with Him that we are to be in tune, in obedience to His laws that we are to find freedom." Frank Sheed ~Society and Sanity~
The rejection of a divine mind in favor of the philosophy of mindless disorder takes me back to my youth. In light of recent events it seems to me that modern philosophy has gone the way of the partridge family...
Men of the West in various degrees and with a variety of different words seem to have embraced this philosophy. Do you hear any of the modern "intellectuals" even attempting to address the great minds of Western Culture? Who needs Aristotle or Plato, Augustine or Aquinas. "C'mon get happy!" But is it really that simple? Can we simply impose upon reality a view of happiness conceived of in the mind of the individual. St. Thomas says of happiness that it is not a feeling. Your pets do not experience happiness. There are three primary ways that we possess happiness, essentially, antecedently, and consequently. Unlike the feeling of being together and singing a song, our consequent and antecedent happiness, depend on our essential happiness. Which is rooted in our acceptance of or our rejection of the order of things and their reality and the divine mind, who does the ordering.
"Man's happiness consists essentially in his being united to the Uncreated Good, which is his last end..to which man cannot be united by an operation of his senses." St. Thomas Aquinas Summa Theolgica
God is pure knowledge, pure intellect, and pure free will. In order for us to be united to Him, we have to accept that the universe is His. He ordered it and gave it purpose. The natural law is a part of His design, a product of His mind. The universe is not mindless and we are not subject's of this mindlessness, rather, we are son's and daughters of the divine mind. Made in His image and likeness, with the intellectual capacity to overcome the mess that has become collapsing Western Culture and the will to reject the C'mon get happy crowd, in favor of truth, goodness, and beauty.
Can two men marrying each other actually lead to true happiness? If you are a reality sceptic like Decartes and Kant, you might be willing to accept that happiness can result from rejecting the laws of nature. Nevertheless, it only works in a mindless world. In that world, happiness can be whatever we want it to be as the world has no order. If God is dead as Nieztche once said, all things are permissible. Because, there is literally nothing governing reality. Under what authority do they even impose a definition of marriage? The government? It would seem that the only recourse of the mindless, is the power to govern. If there is no natural law, the government must be used as a tool to impose ideologies. The flight from God, throughout the course of history has been the impetus for the greatest tyrannies, of which the mind can conceive.
That man in the beginning, was me. Twelve years ago, If I were to take time away from my disorders to write (which I would not have), I would have written exactly the opposite of that which I write today. There are those who are obstinate, I know, I was for a very long time. Those people need you to be courageous and aggressive when you encounter them. Remember, people change, minds and hearts can change. They are free. Be courageous, fear nothing, and fight relentlessly! Remain close to the sacraments and prayer, Jesus Christ will supply the grace. Do Not Let Your Continence Fall! Do not let the Partridge Family Philosophers of the day get you down. In the end they lose. Yes, because Christ! But also, because their relationships of choice are STERILE! They do not have children, and they despise the natural law and God's revelation. In rejecting it, they destroy themselves and their future. Do not insist on the minimum of Catholic faith, fear not that you will repulse anyone with the stronger points of Catholicism! Those are not mistakes that you want to regret on your deathbed, I know I don't.
Be Holy, Not Worldly!
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