Sunday, November 23, 2008

Seeds of Destruction

Why do I see the seeds of destruction in this? It's simple. William Golding nailed it in his horrific, yet anthropologically accurate Lord of the Flies (1954). When Ralph "shares" power with Jack (of the Choirboys), at first all appears admirably peaceful.

But appeasement with a rival in a conventional cultural setting never works. Ever. At best, the one doing the "sharing" of power normally maintains an aura of détente - while holding an ever-present, unseen knife in the back of the underling rival (think Putin/Medvedev). In a setting of "come on now, smile on your brother, everybody get together, try to love one another right now" naïveté that has rejected the realism of the Church's teaching on Original Sin, sharing such power with a rival is fraught with perils and seeds of destruction (think the "feel good" presidency of the Big O).

Well, the fogs of the primitive sacred will dissipate soon enough to disillusion some if not all of the Big O's electorate. Others will gamely muster on, denying that "progress" is not happening. But put such rivals in the same arena, and pipe dream optimism won't be able to put the genie of ambition back in the bottle of naive humanism.

1 comment:

David Nybakke said...

Dear Ath, our faithful and triumphant leader (ever pointing us toward Our Lord Christ the King),

And now they know that their task of masking over all the killings and violence and to divert our attention from real evils of our sinfulness, the power elite will continue at an ever brisk pace at pushing out any and all signs that could re-awaken the spirit of truth. This we must be ever mindful and obedient to Christ the King taking up our calling to defend what is right and Good.

All for 1 and 1 4 all.