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EXCERPT: The Promethean
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On the other hand, women have been enculturated with the notion that disagreement in any form is not nice and that they must accede to and above all, please the other. In many cases, they have disowned their shadow for so long that accessing it is exceedingly difficult. In some situations, they are comfortable with ranting about their conflicts or complaining about them indirectly, but stepping into the fire of the actual conflict and working with it directly is too intimidating because it involves the willingness to risk not being nice—or perhaps incurring what they perceive as the wrath of males.Enculturation? Or their natural social tendencies misunderstood by themselves? Perhaps it is more accurate to say that being nice is a form of approval-seeking.
C. S. Lewis’ view was that true worship should be like a good old shoe, so comfortable that you don't have to break it in: “The perfect church service would be one we were almost unaware of; our attention would have been on God.” That is a sensibility I have long admired in the Byzantine liturgies. While some speak of the High Mass of the Western Church as the “most beautiful thing this side of Heaven,” I know of nothing so formally transcendent and still so informally natural as the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom.
"Of course men are welcome guests at the encounters. Marta says in this occasion she has invited a group of seminarians, because “we are very interested in talking with priests because they are the first ones that have to understand our role in the Church and in society”. She tells of a recent experience entitled “ethics of sexual differences”. She says it was very interesting because “we had a group formed by moms, women students and 18 seminarians – and for them it was very important because they knew nothing of women”. And Marta says she believes it is important for future priests to listen and enter into a culture of exchange: “they must be aware that the male perspective is not the only one!”Ethics of sexual differences - so did the seminarians get exposed to some "pretty lies"? Or were they given the unvarnished truth about what women are like?
I think that the problem for Triumph—and the lesson to be drawn from its failure—lies in its relationship with movement conservatism. For conservatism is a very difficult thing to do in a country like America which traces its founding back to the most radical liberals of their day. Our founding document, the Constitution, aims not at a polity of virtue, but one were vice checks vice; the checks and balances are designed to pit one avaricious group against another not for the purpose of eliminating avarice, but merely to ensure that the grumbling hive does not shake itself apart. A conservatism forced to defend such a founding on anything but pragmatic or historic grounds finds itself in a contradictory position. Most American conservatives are, at best, Lockeans, that is, heirs of the Scottish Enlightenment. And many conservatives, even many Catholic conservatives, have gone over completely to the dark side to extol such atheist “philosophers” as Ayn Rand, or such atheist and anti-Catholic thinkers like Ludwig von Mises, who excoriated Jesus Christ as “nihilist” and who described himself as “a man of 1789,” that is, of the French Revolution.