Friday, December 15, 2006

To Stem Violence, U.S. Aims to Create...?

St. Augustine reminds us; for thou hast made us for thyself and restless is our heart until it comes to rest in thee.

Reading the previous post from Athos, To Stem Iraqi Violence, U.S. Aims to Create Jobs and coming upon the Stuart Carlson political cartoon I thought that Carlson answered the Washington Post article pretty well. Simply throwing more money at the problem will not quench our thirst for the transcendence. And if you notice, even the labels we try to use to explain away the violence, as in Carlson's cartoon, miss the mark.

As Athos laid out the options:

Option A: The free market, jobs and spending money;

Option B: the sacred;

place your bets on which the young, angry men in Iraq (or US, Europe, etc) will choose.

1 comment:

Athos said...

Great cartoon, Aramis. But it still lays blame at the feet of the ills targeted by conventional social science (okay - hopelessness is the opposite of the theological virtue of Hope).

I'll be commenting on Benedict XVI's book, Christianity and the Crisis of Cultures shortly. Girard, Mark Steyn, G. Bailie et al have nothing over on the Holy Father's analysis. It's brilliant.