Skip to comments.Ross Mackenzie: On a Midnight Clear - Star of Wonder, Star of Night, Star With Royal Beauty Bright
Posted on 12/22/2004 9:15:03 PM PST by quidnunc
For lo, the days are hastening on .
And so they are.
But in the mad dash toward Christmas let us not forget the star, or what Christmas is supposed to be all about: the realm beyond evil and the merely material.
Some mostly Marxists and lunatic libertarians tell us the material world is all there is, that economics explains everything, that even Christmas comes at a cost.
Yet as Chesterton noted in his Everlasting Man: "The materialist theory of history, that all politics and ethics are the expression of economics, is a very simple fallacy [that confuses] the necessary conditions of life with the normal preoccupations of life."
Ours is not the first generation to battle materialism, particularly in annual Christmastime skirmishes. Nor is ours the first generation to confront evil. The late great Malcolm Muggeridge quantified the idiot horror of his solitary lifetime:
I have heard a crazed Austrian announce to the world the establishment of a German Reich that would last for a thousand years, an Italian clown restart the calendar to begin with his own assumption of power, a murderous Georgian brigand in the Kremlin acclaimed by the intellectual elite of the Western world as wiser than Solomon, more enlightened than Asoka, more humane than Marcus Aurelius. I have seen America wealthier and, in terms of weaponry, more powerful than all the rest of the world put together, so that Americans, had they so wished, could have outdone an Alexander or a Julius Caesar in the range and scale of their conquests.
(Excerpt) Read more at timesdispatch.com ...
"tell us the material world is all there is, that economics explains everything"
Those who deny the Spirit are so bankrupt. They cheat themselves of the most exciting adventure of all.
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