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Friday, May 17, 2013

Inequality

Photo: How much quality time do you give your family?

Often, parents will say, "I don't know what happended to my kids.  I sent them to a good school, and they lost the faith."

Children need more than a school.  And they need more than just the physical existence of the family.  They need to perceive the spirit of the family. 

That is to say, the family is able to communicate an atmosphere of temperance and balance that particularly addresses our present needs.

It does this by creating the ideal psychological conditions for individuals to develop. 

The family at once limits, yet challenges. It succors, yet makes demands. Inside its climate of intense affinity, affection, and
stability, a person can develop a colossal self-sufficiency. At the same time, the individual comes to have a great dependency on the family to provide both support for shortcomings and incentives to excel.

Family members share qualities and appetites, defects and disordered passions. Yet the family, especially the large family, is also rich in solutions since the individual draws upon family traditions, past figures serving as role models, and corrective or counterbalancing traits from the two family lines to hold defects in check. 

The family is the home of the moral and social virtues. In this way, the family is a veritable school of temperance that provides a practical formation that theoretical teaching cannot supply.
The traditional family is the primary example of inequality
which embraces the splendor of God's creation
and is the natural safe haven in which people tend to thrive.

Egalitarianism would make all people equal.  All men could do the same things and would be worth the same amount.  Egalitarianism is boring.  But not only that.

Egalitarianism is false.

-Egalitarianism does not exist between the sexes.  Physically men and women are unequal.  Intellectually they are unequal.  And physiologically they are unequal.  Men and women surpass each other in different respects.  We ourselves admit this when we attribute certain qualities as masculine or feminine.   There is inequality between the sexes.

-Egalitarianism does not exist in age.  A newborn baby knows nothing whereas a great theologian knows much.  Babies cannot walk whereas some adults can climb mountains.  There is inequality in age.

-Egalitarianism does not exist in talent.  Some people can sing, design, run, whistle, climb, bake, play music, or think.  There are experts in every field and people who just don't have the skill to measure up.  There is inequality in talent.

-Egalitarianism does not exist in temperament.  Some men are extraverted and some are introverted.  Everyone has a different way of arranging their houses.  Men have a great variety of preferences and dislikes.  Equality does not exist in temperament.

-Egalitarianism does not exist in the spiritual realm.  As, St. Therese of Lisuex explained:

The modern family embraces a creed of "equality" which
favors homosexual and lesbian relationships and
out rightly attacks the sacred institution of God's marriage.
"You knew all my intimate thoughts and cleared up all my doubts. I once told you how astonished I was that God does not give equal glory in heaven to all His chosen. I was afraid they were not at all equally happy. You made me bring Daddy’s tumbler and put it by the side of my thimble. You filled them both with water and asked me which was fuller. I told you they were both full to the brim and that it was impossible to put more water in them than they could hold. And so, Mother darling, you made me understand that in heaven God will give His chosen their fitting glory and that the last will have no reason to envy the first. By such means, you made me understand the most sublime mysteries and gave my soul its essential food. –St. Thérèse of Lisieux, The Story of a Soul.


I had wondered for a long time why God had preferences and why all souls did not receive an equal amount of grace [...] Jesus saw fit to enlighten me about this mystery. He set the book of nature before me and I saw that all the flowers He has created are lovely. The splendour of the rose and whiteness of the lily do not rob the little violet of its scent nor the daisy of its simple charm. I realised that if every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness and there would be no wild flowers to make the meadows gay.
It is just the same in the world of souls — which is the garden of Jesus. He has created the great saints who are like the lilies and the roses, but He has also created much lesser saints and they must be content to be the daisies or the violets which rejoice His eyes whenever He glances down. Perfection consists in doing His will, in being that which He wants us to be.
I also understood that God’s love shows itself just as well in the simplest soul which puts up no resistance to His grace as it does in the loftiest soul. Indeed, as it is love’s nature to humble itself, if all souls were like those of the holy doctors who have illumined the Church with the light of their doctrine, it seems that God would not have stooped low enough by entering their hearts. But God has created the baby who knows nothing and can utter only feeble cries. He has created the poor savage with no guide but natural law, and it is to their hearts that He deigns to stoop. They are His wild flowers whose homeliness delights Him. By stooping down to them, He manifests His infinite grandeur. The sun shines equally both on cedars and on every tiny flower. In just the same way God looks after every soul as if it had no equal. All is planned for the good of every soul, exactly as the seasons are so arranged that the humblest daisy blossoms at the appointed time. — St. Thérèse of Lisieux, The Story of a Soul. (New York: Double Day, 2001) 2-3.

And so, the only thing that is equal in all of nature is the potential to reach perfection.  Everything alive has a soul, and with a soul comes a mystical calling.  A flower has a calling just as a great leader has a calling.  They vary infinitely, but they are equal in that they have the potential to reach perfection.

To spread lies of equality harms society by attacking the foundation of all law and causes the decay of structure.  To glory in inequality is to marvel at the great diversity of creatures and the great strength and weakness of each person, place, and thing.

Meaningful customs and formality will only flourish in a society that embraces inequality.

If you are interested in how to reestablish a society like this, look at the very exciting post below.

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