Monday, November 11, 2013

"the most serious evils"

After reading this article by Walter Russell Mead, I think the Pope might have been right in naming "youth unemployment" and the "loneliness of the old" as the "most serious evils." They are not sins committed by anyone in particular, but they are the way in which the various "real" evils of contraception, abortion, greed, etc. show themselves to our time as genuine evils. It's hard to see because the good at issue is so ordinary -- it's drama, as Bono said, is "behind parted curtains."
Yet with all this affluence and security, it is getting harder and harder for people to do the basic things that historically most people have most wanted to do: build a happy and stable marriage, raise a family, and enjoy rich lives in community with family and friends.
The prophecy of Johnny Cash:

In the park I saw a daddy
With a laughing little girl that he was swingin',
And I stopped beside a Sunday school
And listened to the songs they were singin';
Then I headed down the street,
And somewhere far away a lonely bell was ringin',
And it echoed through the canyon
Like the disappearing dreams of yesterday.


buskingdanny said...

Kris Krisstofferson.

Tony said...

Danny, a song isn't really written until it's really sung, and only Johnny Cash really sang it.

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