Honestly, I could just beat my head against a wall till the brains start flying out. May 10, 2012Posted by Administrator in Apologetics, Catholicism, Cultural Pessimism, Idiots, wtf?.
Facebook is such a. . .place. Some wonderful stuff happens, and some dreadful stuff. But what is at once delightful and utterly maddening are the peeks one gets into the minds of others, and the stunning lack of thought and insight that often may be found there.
The Facebook status of a woman about my age, who also happens to be a church-going Catholic, also like me:
Just because someone has a different opinion than yours doesn’t mean they’re ignorant or stupid. Moral issues are a matter of personal choice, and we are all entitled to our beliefs. Respect mine, and I will respect yours. Just sayin’.
This status then proceeds to be “liked” by 20 other people (a rather high number for the circles we keep on FB), including 2 other “faithful” Catholics.
Many of you, especially anyone out Plonk mining, will say that the surface nonsense posited by the status above is either harmless, or a fine summation of what passes for critical thought in regard to social interaction and the origins of moral strictures. And if you’re one of the 225 million lemmings with the cortical capacity of an artichoke here in the US, I guess that at least represents a form of consistency. And if it came from the postings of a callow, 17 year-old idealist, I at least could then be patient. To quote Churchill: “To be 17 and a conservative is to have no heart. To be 37 and a liberal is to have no brain.”
But dammit all, the woman who posted this (who’s past 37) and the two other deadheads (also past 37) who endorse this are Catholics, and they know better. But, much to my rage -as I teach a class on Christian Morality- they wimp out and go for the flabby, internally inconsistent and flat-out wrong, default-current-vogue belief that morality is entirely relative.
Look at what she said: “Morality is a matter of personal choice.” That is utter bullshit that won’t stand 45 seconds of real scrutiny. Don’t think so? Try stealing her stereo. She’ll then claim that I can’t do that.
“But I can. My personal morals state that all property is public property. What is yours is mine, so I can use it anytime I want. You just said that morality is a personal choice. OK. I choose to believe all property is public. AND you have to respect that. You said so yourself.”
At which point, she’ll make an appeal to higher authority, if for no other reason than our “moralties” are in conflict. (And we aren’t really talking about moralities, but incredible vague and effectively meaningless ethical structures) Which is fine. I can then point out that morality is not personal, but stems from something higher than just me and you, as you are now making an appeal outside of us for what is right and wrong. What that thing is leads to further debate, true enough, though it is undeniable that her position is utterly untenable and meaningless. So, for God’s sake, can we please get away from such flabby, useless pablum? That statement is pathetic, and all the more so in that it came from a Catholic woman, college educated, who for-the-love-of-Christ OUGHT TO KNOW BETTER!!