Friday, July 27, 2012

Quote of the day

"How does one get out [of evil]? In short, one must begin by seeing the hazard, the wickedness of the thing. It is difficult, in part because we live in a lonely, individualistic milieu that tries to trick us into denying the relational aspect of humanity. We are lulled into believing that we answer only to our own desires and objectives, denying that we are not individuals in isolation but rather individuals born into a great chain of relationships.

"With those relationships come duties, such as those to parents, brothers and sisters, extended family. Later on, duties to schoolmates, teachers, coaches, employers, coworkers, etc. Absent all of those relationships, however, and therefore most central, we are children of God, made in His image and likeness; in our relationship to Him we recognize that we owe duties to Him as well, to be grateful, to love Him, and to love ourselves for His having made us. We come to see that the so-called 'victimless crimes' of libertarian fantasy, such as prostitution, and 'solitary pursuits' such as substance abuse and pornography are grave violations of our own dignity, with consequences that deeply affect our abilities to relate to one another."

Fallen Sparrow