Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Andrei A significant loss of direction and purpose

And as we remember this historic anniversary, we must also continue our efforts to ensure that our daughters have the same rights, freedoms, and opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams.”

Barack Obama
On the Anniversary of Roe V Wade

What is anybody's life about? It's the big question. What is your purpose? Do you exist just to satisfy your personal desires? To satiate your lusts whatever they be?

Or is there something bigger than yourself?
For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
The devastating lie, seductive though it may be, in fullfilling your dreams as an aspiration is that for the vast majority of humanity it cannot be. Only a few can achieve the dizzying heights of rock super stardom while somebody has to dig the coal, milk the cows, seal the roads, dig the drains and all the other things that make the world work.

That's ok - most people accept and make the best of what they have got and get on with it. And the wise and fortunate put their energy and resources not into themselves but their families and children. They dig the coal so that those they love can grow and prosper. And that provides the meaning for everything they do.

And a society and culture that values children and raises them well prospers while societies and cultures that don't wither and die.

We do not value children very much - I saw the term womb turd used to describe a baby the other day. A repulsive term for a precious thing.

Whether you sacrifice children in the name of primitive eugenics as the Spartans did or so that women can aspire to be astronauts as we are doing the net result will always be the same cultural death. This should be obvious but it isn't - alas.

When you are on your death bed contemplating your life, whether man or woman, what will your legacy be? A memory of fancy cocktail parties and now rusting fancy cars or your children and grandchildren?

Update: Powerline's thoughts on this matter

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