Si monumentum requiris, circumspice
[pace Sir Christopher Wren]
scripsit Bodwyn Wook
Historian-emeritus John Lukacs, Hungarian-American (b 1924 in Budapest) & a devout Roman Catholic, considers that we are living at the beginning of the end altogether of three periods in human History, the end of the Christian aeon, the end of the Renaissance civilization of the past five hundred years & the end of the High & Late Modern age of constitution & the bureaucratic nation-state.
In the ebb & flow of the barbarisms that he perceives will characterize the next centuries, Lukacs adds that of course “there will always be Christians” & that the Christian religion WILL endure in small enclaves in the World.
Anyone who further understands the transformative role especially of meditation & prayer in solitude will not necessarily be dismayed, however:
This is because in fact the Sufis contend that the groundwork is always laid for new cultural & moral developments during these Dark Ages.
Hence, the fact IS that the real revolution in the 20th century was not the Russian, nor the New Deal & nor the NHS & the “welfare state”.
[These all were merely secondary or tertiary elaborations of the material discoveries about social economics made in the nineteenth, in the decades of transition from High to Late Modernity. — Editor]
No, Lukacs states, the real revolution of the 20th century lay in the regressive fascisms & especially Hitler’s murder-promise of a resurgent Neo-Barbarism, lighted not by the dying light of Love, but rather the harsh actinic glare of the Emergency Room & shopping maul floodlights.
This bid fair to be a cruel relentless atmosphere welling out over the Earth, dislodging & washing men away many kinds of cultural & moral roots, submerging many & many, many more in ever-more-vicious thrill-seeking & an amuck technology dedicated to the immediate fulfillment of the whole panoply of hateful impulses that invariably drive out the good.
For, indeed, the very system of super highways so mimetic of the 1930s German autobahn attest the Hitler-victory, together with the psychotic hypnoses of “pro” sports, “celebrity” & the rest of the whoring to the dreary background hum & buzz & whirring of Nonstop Emergency & Warfare & Pornography.
Si monumentum requiris, circumspice.
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[25 September 2014]