ELEISON COMMENTS DCCLXXIII (May 7th, 20020) : RACISM, SO-CALLED
Let us suppose, with the two previous issues of these “Comments” (April 23 and 30), that “racism” today has taken on such an importance as to violate all common sense, because Marxism is a substitute religion, and the fight against “racism” is merely a re-run of Marxism. But that “mere re-run” behaves on the streets like a veritable crusade, e.g. “Black Lives Matter”. Why do warmed up Communists always behave like crusaders ? It is in fact a religious question deserving, for their sakes, of our attention. (In fact, only souls with some sense of the true God can properly understand our godless modern world.)
Man is a spiritual creature. The two ranks of beings above him, Almighty God and the angels, are purely spiritual; the three ranks of beings below him, animal, vegetable and mineral, are purely material; man alone is both spiritual by his soul and material by his body. Being spiritual by his soul, he alone among all material animals has intelligence and reason, and by his reason, free-will. Had he not his intelligence, he could not dominate all the other animals, as he was told by God to do (Genesis, I 26), and as he obviously can do, otherwise the variety of animals fiercer and stronger than man would have eaten him up long ago.
But the very basis of Marxism and Communism is atheistic materialism, i.e. the denial that there is any such thing as God, or spirit above matter, or free-will. See the very first error of our materialistic age, as nailed in 1864 by Pius IX in his condemnation of 80 modern errors in his “Syllabus of Errors”.
Since “It is God that has made us, and not we ourselves” (Psalm 99, 3), then we ARE spiritual creatures, whether we like it or not, coming from God and meant by Him to go to God, with our spiritual and immortal souls, alone capable, by the right use of our spiritual free-will while joined to our material bodies here on earth below, of enjoying His spiritual Heaven for ever and ever above. Hence the real dignity of man is not so much in his mere possession of free-will, as in his right use of it. But the pride of man makes him refuse his spiritual destiny in Heaven where he will have to be beneath God, and that is why he pretends that he is a purely material being, not having to obey any of God’s Ten Commandments.
However, no man that ever lived designed his own human nature (Psalm 99,3), and that is why even when he pretends to be purely material, he remains spiritual, with a God-given instinct of how life in Heaven will be, without marriage (Mk XII, 25) or race (Gal.III, 28) or any other kind of hurtful inequality, but “Christ will be all in all” (Col. III, 11), with all hurtful inequalities of life on earth left far behind the glory of God’s infinite variety of blessed human beings living in His perfect harmony, and theirs.
But here arises an insoluble problem for godless men, like we are today. We turn our backs on God, but we cannot help longing for that liberty, equality, fraternity and immortality of His that is inscribed in the spiritual nature of our souls. Hence we must cram into our brief mortal lives the satisfaction of our immortal longings which can only be fulfilled in His everlasting life. But that is like cramming a quart of liquid into a pint-pot. It simply will not go. Hence all over modern life are examples of men pursuing satisfaction by means that cannot possibly satisfy them. ““Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee” (St. Augustine).
There was a time when employers used to advertise that “Jews, blacks and women need not apply for the job”. Jews can resent that whites have lead the world. Blacks can resent that many people look down on them. Women can resent that the man is head of the family. And who is to blame ? Mainly the whites, who were gifted by God to teach to Jews the New Testament; to blacks their dignity before God; to women their true role in the family. But by instead abandoning God, whites are judaising themselves, are seeing blacks tear up their godless conurbations, and are unmanning themselves. The true solution to these problems and countless others is clear – the whites themselves must turn back to God.
“Black lives matter” – of course, but Heaven alone
Will satisfy what makes them now so groan.