More than 2000 years after Christ, who was crucified by reaction, most people are so concerned, nay obsessed, with ‘getting on in the world’ that they have little or no time for anything or anyone else, and certainly little capacity for that human sympathy or even empathy (if suffering oneself) with suffering that comes from a feeling for one’s fellow man.
To them, people are there to exploit for purposes of ‘bettering their lot’ and ‘getting on in the world’, even ‘going up’ in it. But there is a high price to pay, and their callous disregard for others, replicated and even exaggerated in countless films and other so-called cultural products like computer games and newspapers, is a symptom of it, of what could be called loss of feeling and abuse of soul, a peculiar kind of self-abuse that especially afflicts and characterizes state-hegemonic peoples as they go about their money-making careers and various exploitative schemes like so many automatons, bereft of soul and therefore of fellow feeling even, it has to be said, for one another.
These days, the only way to recapture one’s soul or even to protect it, assuming you haven’t lost it amidst the female-dominated materialism of the so-called ‘free world’, the secular world of the Christ-denying present, including, not least, the toilsome ‘work-a-day’ world of commerce and industry, public service and private gain, is to be against the system. For those who are against the plutocratic system that defers to constitutional autocracy, as in a Faustian Pact with the Devil, grow closer to the spirit of Christ, which is compassion for others, though especially those who are the victims of this materialistic, greed-oriented, bitch-ridden, secular state-hegemonic system whose axis, the bitter fruit of schismatic heresy many centuries ago, is geared to predatory exploitation of what used to be called ‘the meek’, but what I shall simply refer to as the masses, whether lapsed Catholic or otherwise, though especially, I would say, to those who are axially opposed to state-hegemonic criteria, which should include the majority of Catholics or people of Catholic or analogous descent, for whom the prospect of deliverance from their lowly plight is an article of faith which still requires to be realized. If there is still a shred of meekness and/or pseudo-vanity in them, then they will go along with the prospect of righteousness and/or pseudo-justice ‘on high’, with the ‘resurrection’ of their church-hegemonic axis under ‘Second Coming’ (messianic) auspices in due course. For what alternative is there?