(but unfortunately all too common) scene developed in New York City recently:
A social media
influencer’s giveaway in Union Square Park Friday quickly descended into chaos,
with the young attendees throwing
bottles, jumping on vehicles and screaming ‘F–k the PD” — as NYPD cops were
assaulted and some eventgoers were nearly trampled.
Twitch gamer Kai
Cenat, who has over 20 million followers on the gaming platform, scheduled the
real-world meet-up at 3:30 p.m. and planned to give away PlayStation 5s,
computers, microphones and other gaming accessories.
But within a
half-hour, the crowd of nearly 1,000 kids broke down into chaos with the
attendees tossing cones and brawling.
--The New York Post via Newswars.com.
reasons this sort of thing keeps happening.
We have become much too one-sided in our focus in the US and in the West
in general: We have reduced life to a
pursuit of money and acquiring stuff.
The generally accepted theory of government gives credence to this. Per John Locke, James Madison, Frederick
Bastiat, and other modern political philosophers of the West, it exists
mainly to protect the property of citizens.
Even thinkers like Marx aren’t far different, using government as a way
to redistribute property to the proletariat.
Western heroes, too, reinforce this mindset:
They are often men like John D. Rockefeller, men who are exemplars of
the ‘rags to riches’ story, who rose from poor beginnings to become
Some of the
virtues of these men, like thrift and a good work ethic, are commendable, but,
as we are increasingly seeing, they are not enough to ward off the moral
sickness that is convulsing the body and soul of the West. Western society needs a bit of balance in her
view of what constitutes ‘the good life’.
To that end, instead of exalting solely the ‘rags to riches’ stories,
some effort ought to go into the praise and exaltation of the lives of those
who traded their earthly riches for rags so that they might attain the greatest
treasure of all – union with God Himself.
Theodora, a 17th-century saint of Romania, is an excellent example
of the latter. She left everything –
possessions, family, physical comfort, etc. – in order to pursue God. The following are some selections from her
. . .
The rest is
Holy Ælfred the Great, King of England, South Patron, pray for us
sinners at the Souð, unworthy though we are!
Anathema to the Union!