Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Mad Rant: We’ve Lost Our Papas
The problem is just acute on the spiritual level. Every major religion has seen their primary father figures come under attack. In Islam the Caliph was brought down by World War I and the revolution in Turkey. Nothing has been the same since and, it must be said, many of the Muslim people acting out today in anger at the state of the world and their religion are the same people who helped bring down that last caliphate of the Ottoman Empire in the first place, though they may not want to admit it. In East Asia there is the example of the Dalai Lama, chased from his kingdom and forced into a life of exile. I know people have objected to some of what he has said and done during his decades of exile, even Tibetan Buddhists saying that what he teaches on this or that subject is incorrect. But what do you expect? The man has been cut off from his people, from his home and forced into artificial surroundings, to live and function in what is practically another world from the one he is intended to live and function in. Other peoples, mostly foreigners and mostly non-Buddhists, have been working for years to force him into the role they desire for him rather than the one he is supposed to have. In the west, the two most prominent father figures of Christianity have not gone untouched either.
Even in the Church we see the republican mentality (as I call it) taking hold so that the wishes of the Pope are not carried out. This means the clergy, not just the laity, which is seen when bishops flagrantly disregard papal wishes and written directives. All of this is a result of the overall republican atmosphere most of the world exists in. No one can remain totally unaffected by the environment they were born into, grew up in and live their daily lives in and this republican atmosphere everyone is breathing has an affect on us. Everyone, certainly in America, has heard the phrase “deadbeat dads” tossed around by the media. There are plenty of them to be sure (though, do not be misled, there are deadbeat moms and deadbeat teenagers too) and we have to ask why this is. The ultimate responsibility, of course, belongs to the dad in question to do what the laws of God and man require of him. It is also true that, in this day and age, in this atmosphere, he is laboring with very little support and is it any wonder that so many decide to simply give up? They are all too often not appreciated, not respected, treated like a beast of burden with a bank account and then you have a great many people saying they are totally unnecessary anyway. If a single mom can raise children or two lesbians can raise children (with government assistance of course); is this not society saying that dad is not needed?
It is all a result of the revolutionary, republican mentality that has crept into every segment of society. It is this mentality that has made monarchs prisoners in their own homes, that has made “Christians” reject both the Bible and sacred tradition in favor of a new ‘modern morality’ and it has filtered down to make fatherhood itself a ridiculed, unappreciated and even “unnecessary” vocation in life. And it is this mentality which makes me … The Mad Monarchist.