Post Author: Bill Pratt
As someone who greatly respects the traditions and wisdom handed down from antiquity, I find myself constantly amazed at the way modern man wants to deny inconvenient bits of reality. Bits such as:
- Boys and girls are biologically different in significant ways.
- Children can only be produced when a man and a woman unite in sexual reproduction.
- When a small group of people is given a tremendous amount of power over a larger group of people, the small group will inevitably oppress the larger group.
- No amount of education will ever eradicate human sin.
- If you tell men that they don’t have to commit to women in order to have sex with them, marriages will decrease and divorces will increase.
- As the traditional nuclear family goes, so goes civilization.
- Human institutions that rely on centralized command and control inevitably fail as they grow larger.
- The wisdom given us by our ancestors has been repeatedly tested and proved to work, so we ignore it at great peril.
I’m sure my conservative friends could add numerous bits of reality to this list, but I think you get the point. Those of us who find any of these bits of reality to be inconvenient are struggling in vain. This is the way the world is and has always been, and we have to adapt ourselves to it.
Obviously there are other parts of reality that we can change and should change, but oddly enough, we usually only know that our current reality needs to change because the wisdom of our ancestors tells us what is wrong with our current reality.
For example, I know that abortion on demand is wrong because life is sacred and an innocent life should never be taken without proper justification. I know these things from the highest traditions that have been passed down to us.
I also know that we should be constantly fighting against poverty, disease, and any form of human enslavement, as all of these bits of reality degrade sacred human life, life that is made in the image of God.
Do conservatives fight against the status quo? Absolutely. The difference is that conservatives fight against those things which actually can be changed about reality, while non-conservatives often fight against those bits of reality which cannot be changed. What’s even worse about this second approach is that these folks will force the rest of us, through legislative or judicial fiat, into hopeless social experiments that inevitably backfire and do far more damage than any good they might have achieved.
I was watching the Monty Python comedy, The Life of Brian, recently, and was reminded in a humorous way how silly those people are who want to change unchangeable realities. To set the scene, there are 3 men (Reg, Rogers, and Stan) and a woman (Judith), who are part of a radical Jewish political group, discussing and debating their political demands. During their discussion, one of the men, Stan, announces that he wants to become a woman. We pick it up there:
Reg: Why don’t you shut up about women, Stan? You’re putting us off.
Stan: Women have a perfect right to play a part in our movement, Reg.
Rogers: Why are you always on about women, Stan?
Stan: I want to be one.
Stan: I want to be a woman. From now on, I want you all to call me Loretta.
Loretta (Stan): It’s my right as a man.
Judith: Well, why do you want to be Loretta, Stan?
Loretta (Stan): I want to have babies.
Reg: You want to have babies?!
Loretta (Stan): It’s every man’s right to have babies if he wants them.
Reg: But…you can’t have babies!
Loretta (Stan): Don’t you oppress me!
Reg: I’m not oppressing you, Stan. You haven’t got a womb. Where is the fetus going to gestate? You’re going to keep it in a box?
Loretta (Stan): Sniff.
Judith: Here, I’ve got an idea. Suppose you agree that he can’t actually have babies, not having a womb, which is nobody’s fault, not even the Romans, but that he can have the right to have babies.
Rogers: Good idea, Judith. We shall fight the oppressors for your right to have babies, brother. Sister! Sorry.
Reg: What’s the point?
Reg: What’s the point of fighting for his right to have babies, when he can’t have babies?
Rogers: It is symbolic of our struggle against oppression.
Reg: Symbolic of his struggle against reality.