Second, I'm clearly growing tired of 'Issue Blogging.' Let's face it, the blogosphere of 20 years ago is dead and gone. Twitter and other similar platforms that distill complex issues into sitcom level one liners are now the rage for Internet discourse. Many Catholic bloggers, especially to the left of center, have moved to sites behind digital walls that keep dissenting views from troubling them (I kid you not, find more than a couple leftwing Catholic sites that still have open comments sections). Meanwhile the shadow grows and the suicide of the West continues apace.
My boys and I were talking some months ago, as you know we're wont to do. While discussing America's willingness to let the Marxist assault on our nation win out, we were pondering how these things happen. Perhaps because we abandoned God? Let godlessness win out? Were cowards and wimps who looked for slick excuses to avoid actually defending virtue and truth? Or, as one of my sons suggested, perhaps the whole reason America and the entire era of democracy existed at all was merely to thwart the Nazis in their goal of exterminating the Jewish people. You know, a lifting up Cyrus sort of thing.
I thought that was an interesting take. It certainly isn't non-biblical. God's ways aren't ours. Which might be why, at this point, it looks like God has given our nation up to its lusts and impurities. After all, whatever good the nation had is mostly fading from the historical stage. The nation so many are desperately trying to save died many years ago. Young people have been told to believe that the United States and all the West are defined by their unforgivable and unique sins and need only be eliminated. Cue the Jews now linked with Israel which is seen by the Left as part of the West that has to go.
In the face of this, continuing to prattle on about the same old same old gets a bit tiresome. Stress for the sake of stress. A growing number of Christians are surrendering and giving in. Many church leaders are making it clear that there is nothing the world can throw at us that we won't find a way to compromise the Faith in order to accommodate. The media is a propaganda organ that is less concerned about slaughtered Jews than it is pinning a single crime on anything associated with the West. And young fanatics are getting worse on a daily basis because they are encouraged to do so by the powers that be.
Therefore, constantly posting on the same thing over and over again is just posting on the same thing over and over again. It would be like having a blog in WW2 and spending every day fussing about the violence in the news. I do think we are heading where we are heading: a post-Western, post-democratic world in a post-Christian era. Back to the old paganism, secular version. No particular God of worth, guaranteed eternal paradise if that's your thing, physical worldly priorities otherwise. If we have to crush someone, we promise it won't be you. Because what matters most is you, and the World promises to accommodate you accordingly.
It won't end with that of course. That's the 'we promise, all animals will be equal' part. Already we are seeing that modified to some animals being more equal than others. Which seems fine for so many today. Even now, Jewish liberals in the face of 'death to the Israeli Jews' chants are trying to twist their concern about being exterminated with their fealty to this post-religious, post Christian Western movement and utter hatred for its defenders. All while the alliance to throw down the West that includes, but is not limited to, Muslims, Chinese Communists, and anyone from any group disenfranchised by the West, continues to make significant strides.
In the end, empires rise, and empires fall. Our is falling. The Church is floundering because it's not difficult to believe that a substantial number of our leaders just don't believe it anymore. In Europe and America, except for those rascally Pentecostals, the churches are dwindling along with the civilization they helped build. In Asia the Faith is strong, and God bless those African Christians. But like all things, our own progressive fellows have made it clear they'll heap no end of scorn and contempt on those swarthy and dark skinned types when they dare challenge a leftwing dogma. Just like those slaughtered Israeli Jews who are barely mentioned now in the news or on leftwing sites (compare that to endless weeks and months condemning Kanye West over his statements about Jewish people).
So now what? Well, I like the blog. But sometimes I miss the early days, when it was one part fun and frivolity, about two parts issue and news or commentary just to comment. Sometimes I added reflections on the Faith or life, like this:
Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.
They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.
The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things:
Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us?
For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the LORD; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him.
The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.
The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.
Which came to mind in light of the crushing defeats of virtue and goodness we saw last week. At the end of the day, the majority of us who inherited the West, including our leaders and religious guides, accepted the gospel of the World and have stood by amidst failure after failure to defend our inheritance. Well, when that's the norm, blogging about it every day won't change things.
So I'll try to go back to the early days. I won't not comment on the egregious, even as the egregious becomes more and more the norm. I'll try to reference funner things, family things, and just things in general. It may not be what people want (I discovered there is a stunning lack of Beatles fans among my readers), but it will be what I want.
If I post on issues, I'll try to avoid being shaped by the latest news stories. My sons often ask why I bother watching or reading the news at this point. We know it isn't telling us the whole story, and sometimes verges on outright falsehood. Why take anything the press says as any type of a launching pad for a thought, whether good or bad? They have a point. Not that all stories are false or missing important context. But you never know which, do you? As the late Michael Crichton explained with his Gell-Mann Amnesia principle: if you know the press got this story so horribly wrong because you know the topic at hand, why assume the next one dealing with a topic you don't know will be any better?
Again, back in the early days of the blog the point was to sharpen my claws at writing. I've always been a better public speaker (in certain settings) than writer. A priest friend suggested the blog for that reason. And though I did reference the odd stupid or wrong or concerning thing coming from the world, I also posted on reflections, fun things, family outings, personal interests or similar topics much more often. It may not have ginned up the readership, but it didn't feel like running up a down escalator every day either.
So that is what I plan to do again. As I said, I won't promise no more issue blogging. When it finally hits the fan, I want my objections to be on record beyond just family and friends. When future generations look back at this era and ask why, I don't mind my allegiances being on the public record, no matter how obscure. I realize God knows, but it's nice to know that those future generations who will suffer for our folly will know who to blame and who not to blame. But I'll try to find things to blog about that are more fun, light hearted, meaningful to me (and hopefully others) or just plain goofy. That can only help at this stage in the game. Goodness knows. obsessing about the latest has done nothing to stop the latest. So why affirm the age old definition of insanity?