Once upon a time I heard Dr. Scott Hahn explain how in Genesis the story of creation shows how man was created on the sixth day, the last of all the animals but as he was created on the eve of the Seventh Day it was clear that Man was made on the sixth day but the seventh day was for him- where he would become fully human, living life abundantly. Lovely.
Then came the Darwins (Charles and Erasmus – both into the eugenist ideas) and along with Marie Stopes and Margaret Sanger they taught that some people were more human than others and that the less could be sterilised or killed (hence the number of abortion mills in areas where more black people live). On top of this came poor mad Neitzsche with his nihilism and superman, which for some reason that escapes me, makes him a great philosopher.
We scowl self righteously at Hitler for deciding from these firm set roots that he could decide that Jews and Polish people (especially Catholic ones) and disabled people were all sub-human and could be slaughtered at will. We do tend to forget the disabled people slaughtered because, well we are still doing that today and it wouldn’t do to look too closely would it.
In a world that mocks Christ and His demand that we love God more than anything and then our neighbour – in a world when even those who call themselves Christian rarely live up to the basics of the Faith let alone to the extent of the amazing saints we have – we will have disintegration.
Once those who have grasped at power have taken on the decision of who is human and who can be killed for not being human enough, is it any wonder that so many people simply give up being human, turn their back on the Sabbath graces and go out and indulge in violence and destruction?
Once there is no philosophy of humanity and Christ is remade in some mock image of “therapy Jesus” or “nice Jesus” or “Jesus who?” we are not going to remember how to be fully human.
History bears this out over and over again. It was something well understood by that apostle of common sense G.K.Chesterton as he wrote of Eugenics and Other Evils. He first published this as far as I can work out, in 1922 long before the hideous actions of Germany and Japan in WWII. But it’s a lesson that remains unlearned. While yesterday we Catholics celebrated the feast day of St. Edith Stein who died at the hands of the German eugenics machine because she was both a Catholic nun and a Jew. And today we remember St. Laurence who died bravely – over a fire – because he was Catholic.
Laurence’s death came as Rome disintegrated and Edith Stein as Germany collapsed into it’s own ruin.
So while so many are horrified on seeing the YouTube video of a boy with a broken jaw preyed on and robbed by his peers I don’t really think we can in all honesty be surprised by it, can we?