Saturday, November 25, 2006
Driving past all the big box retailers and shopping areas around 6:30 AM on my way to Mass yesterday and seeing all the cars and people packed waiting to throw their treasures at a cash register was disheartening for me and demonstrated for me how enslaved we are here in this country.
Part of the syndrome of being a child of one's age is a lack of the historical imagination to recognize oneself in a different setting, endowed with a different array of sentimentalisms. In fact, such people are certain they'd be on the side of the angels in any situation. The personal advantages they have purchased by their social conformity are so enormous and comprehensive that they fail to see it as conformity at all. (Words from Diogenes over at the "Off the Record" blog of the Catholic World News.)