Mark Gordon over at Suicide of the West has an analysis of symptomology that passes for entertainment in our present state of sacrificial preparation, "The Love That Dare Not Whinny Its Name."
The Massketeers have been discussing how difficult it is not to get caught ourselves in the mimetic swirl of rivalry, resentment and ongoing human funny business. How awfully true this is. That is why I illustrate this post with Rembrandt's Storm on the Sea of Galilee.
If one counts carefully, one will see Our Lord seated in the boat as the storm rages. One counts and finds ... ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen disciples? What is happening here?
Rembrandt has painted himself into the painting. He's the fellow hanging onto the rigging and his hat. He knows that we are in the same boat as the disciples, facing the same storm and same fears and human weaknesses.
So, when we relate the symptomology of others, as Mark Gordon does arightly above, we aren't judging, castigating, scapegoating. We are only where we are on this journey of faith by the grace of God, and "there but for that grace go we."
But analyze the cultural situation we must. If more had before Kristallnacht, many millions of lives might have been saved in the conflagration of World War II. Naiveté and ignorance lead only to more sacrificial behavior.
The only solution we have comes via the transmission of the deposit of faith in Sacred Scripture and Tradition protected and handed on by the Magisterium of the Church: namely, the gospel of Jesus Christ. Through this power alone can we supercede the paganism that threatens to swamp our boat.