I’ve been obsessed with metaphysics lately. All problems are essentially metaphysics. Edward Feser says in his book, Scholastic Metaphysics, “Metaphysics wears the pants.” ‘Tis true.
Metaphysics being prior to all problems AND being embroiled in an ideological conflict, that conflict is actually metaphysical.
Understanding the metaphysics behind the opposition is crucial to winning.
Evil is the absence of the good. Boethius, Thomas, and so many others have proven this. I’ve restated their case several times in these pages in the last month. Read up on it if you aren’t aware of the proof.
Bruce Charlton has been on the same tear. From his blog:
In truth both order and chaos are evil, neither is good; and neither mixture nor average of the two is good.
Therefore sequential oscillations, or dynamic compromises between order and chaos are destructive of good: which is also destructive of creation.
(…Which is to take work on the side directed against God.)
I feel that more people need to notice this; and to attain the insight that the good (truth, beauty and virtue) come only from those who are motivated towards good.
In other words: good cannot (therefore will not) come from any possible alternation or combination of evils; but only grow from actual good.
Tearing-down or blowing-up an evil system in order to produce more chaos (aka ‘freedom) does not lead to good; any more than does ‘clamping down’ on chaotic violence and short-termist and selfish dysfunctionality by imposing a New (World) Order.
And God works-with any and all good motivations; amplifies and weaves them into sequences (behind the scenes, as ‘providence‘) that advance the divine agenda.
All that is good, all that is creative, has its roots in the divine: in God’s primary creation and love for Men; and in Man’s innate divine nature including the choice to be a son or daughter of God.
We need to be aware that merely negative resistance to specific evils fuels the enemy’s strategy by powering the vortex of order and chaos.
Yet when resistance is positively-motivated and on the side of God, the Good, and Divine Creation; every thought and act (no matter how small) will become of eternal value.
Negative resistance WILL NOT WORK and, in fact, AIDS THE ENEMY. Resist not evil guys. He told us to not do it. IT HELPS THE ENEMY. (Who is that?)
You must build. You must create.
They are giving you clues. They hate the creative. That’s why they hate parenthood. That’s why they hate blue collar people.