Candles In A LED World

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Modern Man’s candle.

Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. – Matthew 5:15-16

The image of the Christian lighting a candle to be carried out of the Church into a dark world is a powerful symbol that illustrates what the Church believes about its place and reason for being in the world. The great cosmic battle has long been held to be the few brave souls willing to bring the bright flame of Christian truth into the dark room that is the world without Christ.

Modernity, however, has developed in such a way that the room is no longer dark. In the room, there is a new source of light, one manufactured by the flow of humanist optimism. There are two lights, both made from the latest in LED thinking, both burning brighter than the light of any candle. One light is science and the other is universal charity, the pillars of modern soft atheism.

Together, these two lights have lit the room so brilliantly that a Christian who dares to bring in his lowly, wax-fed, flickering flame, with its smoke and smell, is seen as dirtying up what is clean. The archaic, fragile flame of the old world of divine revelation, tradition, and sacred things cannot compete with the unwavering glare of the modern LED and all of its tiny, blinding glory. The Christian and his candle becomes a weak competitor with modern man.

This is why the Church has not only failed to effectively counter the Progressive culture war waged against it, but has allowed too many of its long-lit candles to be replaced by the brilliance of the tactical LED flashlight. Deception is found when the optimism of the modern world appears to shine brighter, so much brighter, than the light of the Church.

The candle of family is out shined by the LED of feminism while the modern man paints his feminist LED to look like a family flame, thus fooling himself into thinking he has gained one without losing the other. Equality shines brighter than natural reality, but is tinted to look like natural reality. The Church light looks dark and dim next to the light of modern skepticism, but the skeptic still covers himself in the color of the Church. In the end, it is artificial light tinted to look like the candles that modernity has tried so desperately to place behind closed glass.

The Christian must accept the reality that to most people the LEDs of modernity are brighter than the candles of the Church. At the same time, they must not be fooled into thinking that because Thomas Edison’s bulb looks brighter than a candle, it is somehow a mark of progress toward a better world. While directly challenging light with light is a kind of impossibility, the Church can keep faith that the genuine light of the lit candle and the smoke of prayers drifting up from it will outlast the empire of the LED, as it has outlasted all other man-made empires.

That Terrible Day

The Passionae

After a Good Friday Mass, I am in contemplation.

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son Our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into Hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into Heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

Amen.

The Hollywood Conspiracy

Hollywood is purging itself of popular franchises that it deems in violation of its progressive mission. The movie-making culture is a closed group that excludes those who refuse to follow the progressive line. What American audiences have come to love, they hate.

Exhibit A. Ghostbusters

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I’ve no plans to see it and seeing a boycott against it would prove amusing. It looks devoid of anything beyond that stupid form of comedy that preteens might enjoy and that drunk college students do enjoy (proving that college is an over-priced extension of high school).

The use of four female characters, dumbed-down comedy, and nausea inducing special effects are deliberate choices. Hollywood is taking a film that appealed to a mostly male audience and that inspired many a male writer and purposely destroying it with a sub-bar reboot. In other words, the Ghostbusters remake is not based on any love for the original, but sheer disdain.

In an article at The Daily Caller, Jim Treacher openly states:

As the Daily Caller’s resident Social Justice Warrior, it’s my duty to inform you that the original Ghostbusters is misogynist hate speech and must be destroyed.

Exhibit B: James Bond

In this clip from Goldeneye M openly calls Bond a “sexist, misogynist dinosaur” and then proceeds to tell him that she has no compunctions about his dying as an agent. While the death of a special agent is an accepted reality and the dead agents honored, her callousness reflects just how much she hates Bond and how much Hollywood hates men.

In this single clip, M proclaims exactly what Hollywood thinks about films like Ghostbusters. They are a sexist, misogynist dinosaur that needs to be sent to their deaths without hesitation. This is why Hollywood reboots films like Ghostbusters.

Exhibit C: Star Wars

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Anyone who is a fan of the 1977 film Star Wars and the subsequent franchise and who know what Hollywood is doing hated Episode VII: The Force Awakens. It was a reboot of the 1977 film and followed the same formula. While pure fanboys overlooked the obvious and made it a top-seller at the box office, the film was not meant to perpetuate the franchise, but to sound its death knell. The plans to produce a new Star Wars film every year is an attempt to run the thing into the ground until the fan base grows tired of it.

J.J. Abrams, having introduced a goddess female hero into the Star Wars franchise, aiming to eliminate any possibility of another “Princess,” is now pushing for gay characters.

Of course! When I talk about inclusivity it’s not excluding gay characters. It’s about inclusivity. So of course.

This is not to appeal to the Star Wars fans, but to force a distaste of Star Wars, so they will abandon it. Hollywood has a disdain both masculine figures and men who are inspired. What Hollywood wants is for men to get in line with the feminist-progressive culture they are working so hard to perpetuate.

It is merely a matter of time before The Godfather is rebooted and deliberately ruined for the same reason. That which men treasure, Hollywood despises.