Hands-on: An Intelligent Person´s Guide to Modern Culture

Hi Honey

Some days ago I received a book called An Intelligent Person’s Guide to Modern Culture, written by Roger Scruton.

Take a look at this commentary at the back page:

“Received by the British press with equal acclaim and indignation, this book sets out to define and defend high culture against the world of pop, corn, and popcorn. It shows just why culture matters in an age without faith, and gives an extended argument, drawing on philosophy, criticism, and anthropology, against the “post-modernist” world-view. Scruton offers a penetrating attack on deconstruction, on Foucault, on Nietzschean self-indulgence, and on the “culture of repudiation” which has infected the modern academy. But his book is not only negative. It is a celebration of the true heroes of modern culture and a call to the higher life.

“The American edition of this famous and notorious work has been revised to take account of the controversy which it has inspired, and contains new material specially directed to Americans.”

And the opening phrase of the book:

“What remains when disbelief is gone?” (Philip Larkin, ‘Church going’)

Bye

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The Left Hand of Pietà

Hi Darling

What is Art? We don´t know exactly what it is. We don’t know exactly what to do with it. We are as  a wild man who has found an object at the beach, admires it and feels that this object tells him something although without knowing what it is used for, he keeps it. The one who wrote that was Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn in his book One Word of Truth.

Art is for leading us close to God. Facing the beauty of a masterpiece, we instinctively compare our mediocrity to the genius of the artist and our insignificance towards God’s magnitude. Beauty is the reflex of truth, Thomas Aquinas said!

You see, for instance, the most beautiful creation of the human spirit – the Pietà of Michelangelo.  At a first sight, the overall of the work – born from a bit of rough stone – strikes the viewer. As a contrast, the delicateness of the face of Mary jumps out the sculpture. How it was possible to express all the human pain and all the human sadness and, at the same time, all the understanding about the nature of the sin that a human being can achieve? How to show the faith of a woman against all hope?

After the initial impact, a detail stands out from the roughness of the stone. In an autobiographical gesture of the leftist artist, the left hand of Pietà is projected in the air, showing something and leading us to meditate.

The left hand of Pietà shows… “See what the sin makes. See what your sin makes.” Sin is deicide. Not the sin of others (it is even good talking about the sin of others, isn’t it?) but the sin of each of us. And we are willing to say “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man”.

The left hand of Pietà asks for… “Come, all of you who pass by the way, look and see whether there is any suffering like my suffering”. And Mary asks us for holding her hand in her most difficult moment. The most difficult moment for a woman when nature inverts the order of the things and a mother must has to bury her son. Not any mother, not any son…

The left hand of Pietà sustains… “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened…”  As the hand of Mary in the past sustained the Jesus child now it stretches in our direction to remind us in the saddest moments of our lives that we have two mothers who are taking care among their helpless son.

The left hand of Pietà teaches… “He stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, “I will do it. Be made clean.” His leprosy was cleansed immediately.”  The gestures of the Son of  the Man, inherited from the companionship and the blood of Mary, reminded the gestures of his mother. They were plenty of significance. A bare wave of the left hand of Pietà teach us that even our minors gestures can be plenty of God’s love.

The left hand of Pietà outpoints… “Do whatever He tells you.” Mary shows us the path to happiness. Viktor Frankl taught us that happiness isn’t  such either in acting or enjoying but mainly in the aptitude before inexorable situations when man intuits the real significance of the pain and becomes aware about who he is. In such extreme situations there is no mid-term. Either we embrace the God’s will or we rise against it. That is the secret of the joy: scrutinize the happenings searching for the God’s will as the ancients scrutinize the Scriptures thinking of having eternal life through them. “.. Even they testify on my behalf”.

In a world that forgot God and Jesus Christ, the best recommendation for us, not only for this Holy Week, not only for this Easter, but for our entire life is “Do whatever He tells you”. A lifelong motto for the one who lives on faith.

Happy Easter!

Daddy

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Libido Dominandi

Hi Darling

I was reviewing the photos you have took in Egypt. Seeing so different clothes, it reminded me the book Libido Dominandi, Sexual Liberation and Political Control, written by E. Michael Jones.

See this review on the back cover:

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“Thus, a good man, though a slave, is free; but a wicked man, though a king, is a slave. For he serves, not one man alone, but, what is worse, as many masters as he has vices.” – St. Augustine, City of God

Writing at the time of the collapse of the Roman Empire, St. Augustine both revolutionized and brought to a close antiquity’s idea of freedom. A man was not a slave by nature or by law, as Aristotle claimed. His freedom was a function of his moral state. A man had as many masters as he had vices. This insight would provide the basis for the most sophisticated form of social control known to man.

Fourteen hundred years later, in a world eager to reject the intellectual patrimony of the West, a decadent French aristocrat turned that tradition on its head when he wrote that “the freest of people are they who are most friendly to murder.” Like St. Augustine, the Marquis de Sade would agree that freedom was a function of morals. Freedom for the marquis de Sade, however, meant a willingness to reject the moral law. Unlike St. Augustine, Sade proposed a revolution in sexual morals to accompany the political revolution then taking place in France. Libido Dominandi – the term is taken from Book I of Augustine’s City of God – is the definitive history of that sexual revolution, from 1773 to the present.

Unlike the standard version of the sexual revolution, Libido Dominandi shows how sexual liberation was from its inception a form of control. The logic is clear enought: Those who wished to liberate man from the moral order needed to impose social controls as soon as they succeeded because liberated libido led inevitably to anarchy. Over the course of two hundred years, those techniques became more and more refined, eventuating in a world where people were controlled, nob by military force, but by the skillful management of their passions. It was Aldous Huxley who wrote in his preface to the 1946 edition of Brave New World that “as political and economic freedom diminishes, sexual freedom tends compensatingly to increase.” This book is about the converse of that statement. It explains how the rhetoric of sexual freedom was used to engineer a system of covert political and social control. Over the course of the two-hundred-year span covered by this book, the development of technologies of communication, reproduction, and psychic control – including psychotherapy, behaviorism, advertising, sensitivity training, pornography, and, when push came to shove, plain old blackmail – allowed the Enlightenment and its heirs to turn Augustine’s insight on its head and create masters out of men’s vices. Libido Dominandi is the story of how that happened.

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All those who love freedom and don’t want to be slaves of their passions must look at Mary. Her beauty and elegance glances off her immaculate purity and life of abandonment to God. She is our best model.

Bye

Daddy

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The Saints, History-makers

Hi Darling

Many people believe that money makes the world go round. Others believe that the power of the weapons is more important. For still others, the power of ideas is what matters.

The Bible shows another point of view, however.

In Genesis, God tells Abraham that He will destroy Sodom City due to the impenitence of its residents. Abraham argues that it is not correct to kill indiscriminately upright and guilty. He asks:

– Will you really destroy the upright with the guilty? Suppose there are fifty upright people in the city. Will you really destroy it? Will you not spare the place for the sake of the fifty upright in it?

The Lord replied:

– If I find fifty upright people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place because of them.

Abraham spoke up and said:

– It is presumptuous of me to speak to the Lord, I who am dust and ashes. Suppose the fifty upright were five short? Would you destroy the whole city because of five?

He replied:

– I shall not destroy it if I find forty-five there.

Abraham smartly started to reduce the number of upright people. But there were no upright around there and God indeed destroyed Sodom City.

Will I be wrong if I conclude that the History is made by the saints?

In other words, “God is love”, and, therefore, He can only be moved by the love of the saints.

See the example of Martin, bishop of Tours, that lived in the fourth century.

Martin had travelled abroad. During his absence, a young disciple of him died without Baptism. When the bishop knew that, he rushed back and, beside the unburied body, started immediately to pray. Martin spent a long time praying until the boy finally came back to life. The boy still lived during many years, and he never got tired of repeating the following story. When he died, he was conducted before the divine court and condemned to hell. The sentence was about to be accomplished when two angels appeared and said:

– This is the boy for whom Martin is praying. We have order to lead him back to life.

In the fourth century, the prayer of Martin moved God’s will. Nowadays, the love of the saints moves God’s heart. We know that all things – including the power of money, weapons and ideas – are God works for good for those who love Him.

So, those who make the History are the saints.

Bye

Daddy

PS – Holiness is nothing more than searching the Truth 24 hours a day and trying to live accordingly to it. It doesn’t matter if we can make it every other time. The point is not to give up as “the one who perseveres to the end will be saved.”

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See you soon!

Hi Sweety

Time flew. In a few hours you will leave Budapest and you will soon be back home.

Nevertheless, I will continue writing letters to Hungary as a bit of you will stay there. After all, wherever we go, we always take a bit of the others with us and we always leave a bit of us with the others.

See you soon!

Daddy

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Hope for Brazil

Hi Honey

Every new year always brings us hope. But have we, Brazilians,  got reasons to expect  a better year than the preceding ones?

In the last decades, our country became a worldwide champion in murderings – around 70 thousand homicides a year in 2014. We are champions in traffic fatalities: more than 40 thousand deaths a year. We have the biggest Tax Revenue in the whole solar system, up to 60% of IGP according to Ives Gandra, the greatest Brazilian expert in taxes. We have one of the highest interest taxes of the galaxy. We have the most expensive iphone in the entire universe. The Catholic Church in Brazil is totally broken after decades under the influence of Theology of Liberation. All of this thanks to  the advance of Marxist thinking in our country allowed by our elite’s indolence.

Although this negative approach, I believe that we have real reasons to have hope.

2014 felt the first conservative street manifestations after decades of leftist dominance. It will also be reminded as the year of the birth of the first conservative printed newspaper: the printed version of Midia Sem Mascara site. The Foro de São Paulo is no longer a secret issue. The Father Paulo Ricardo has come twice to São Paulo City in order to lecture about new books of Molokai Publishing House. He had a direct contact with his students and he could strength them with his presence.

All of this has been only possible thanks to Olavo de Carvalho philosopher’s teachings. During many years he studied and clarified issues such the Antonio Gramsci’s cultural hegemony, the Foro de São Paulo and the Marcuse’s influence in Brazilian thinking. Due to his coherence between thinking and life, he managed to join people that contributed valuably to stop the Communist advance in our country. Because of this, the multitude of demonstrators showed the slogan “Olavo is right”.

The street manifestations will not stop, the Midia Sem Mascara will advance, Father Paulo Ricardo will come more times to São Paulo City to strengthen us, and  teacher Olavo de Carvalho is an indefatigable giant. 2015 promises to be a year of many fights as well as many victories. You will briefly be back and may fight by our side.

Yes, 2015 will be a very happy year.

Love

Daddy

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Merry Christmas

Hi Sweety

Christmas has arrived once again. Tell me how this feast is in Budapest. Much different from here?

This is your first Christmas away from your family. Distance and homesickness are almost synonyms. Every homesickness is the sadness for not having the wanted goodness. Ultimately, it is homesickness of God, of the Supreme Good, of the lost paradise. Whatever the man does trying to deceive himself, he does not forget the paradise that he lost. “You have made us for Yourself, Oh Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You.”

To many people, this feast, at the end of the year, is time of solitude and sadness because it is the time of year in which they think more about the lost paradise. The memory of our final destiny shocks against all the everyday rush we live in believing this world is eternal, trying to pretend that death does not exist. But the memory comes brutal as we see the nativity scene and we remember the God comes to earth to redeem us from ours sins.

The man sinned in Paradise. And with sin, death, illness and evil entered the world. Sin is the only evil in the world.

It is very easy and comforting to say “man’s sin”, “the human being is evil”, “the mankind’s vices”. That how human beings act, we are willing to put the blame on someone else.  “It was not my fault. The woman whom you put here with me – she gave me fruit from the tree, so I ate it” said Adam putting the blame on Eve. Eve put the blame in the snake: “The serpent tricked me into it, so I ate it.”

It would be more honest each one of us recognize the weakness of ourselves and say “my sin”.

My sin, one more scourge in the body of Christ… my sin, one more burden on the cross of Christ… my sin, one more hammered in the nails of Christ… my sin, one more scorn on the crucified Christ… my sin, the only evil in the world…

In the humble nativity scene, God Child comes again to invite us to get free from sin through prayer and repentance. He comes to call us to the Father’s house. It is time of peace and joy. It is time to say “yes!” to God.

Christmas has arrived once again.

Merry Christmas!

Bye

Daddy

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