"All that's necessary for evil to triumph is that good men do nothing." - Edmund Burke
I was reminded of the above-cited quote when I came across this LifeSiteNews article that takes to task good people who absented themselves from the culture wars. This article struck a chord within me for I have often wondered how society could have undergone such a profound decay since the time I was a child until now.
I remember as a child being able to play outside at night with no thought of perverts attempting to kidnap me; nor were my parents overly concerned about that. This was in the city of Baltimore, by the way. No normal person would have dreamed of slaughtering their unborn children or attempting to justify homosexual conduct, let alone celebrate it. Of course, looking back, we can all see how the forces of evil were quietly working in the background, fomenting rot at the foundations of society. But how and why did we, as a populace, as a Church, just passively let it happen without barely a peep being uttered in protest?
When I was a child, the adults at the time were all World War II veterans. By no means were they strangers to conflict. They were trained in battle and trained to be vigilant. But something happened at the end of the war, when they took off their uniforms, laid aside their weapons, and returned to their civilian lives. They ceased to be vigilant and assumed attitudes of complacency and indifference to the world outside their isolated, insular spheres of existence. They were good people, as the LifeSiteNews article states. But by and large, they took western society and its cultural underpinnings (based in Christianty) for granted. They did not see their spiritual and cultural patrimony as something they needed to guard and cherish; I daresay they didn't give it much second thought. Consequently, as the progressive forces started to chip away at western civilization, little by little, the good people didn't notice until the damage and destruction could no longer be ignored.
Many see the 1960s as the era in which massive changes occurred. While it's true that many events converged in that decade (Vatican II, Viet Nam War, etc) all they did was make apparent the rot that had been systematically put in place decades earlier. Good people were unprepared and unwilling to face the truth. Sadly, many still are. A main reason why I write this blog is to shine some light on the cockroaches around us. I appreciate the support that I do get (particularly from blogging colleagues). However, I am targeted with resentment by too many who'd rather play the ostrich as they berate me for being "negative and mean". Well the truth is the truth. I thank the Lord for social media, for it allows us to examine and discuss it. Without knowing the "lay of the land", how else can we pray and act in the intelligent manner in which God desires?
Time marches on. We need to pray and act now, for the salvation of souls and preservation of Christian society.