Step towards maturity

by R. Rodríguez Bencomo

There are things in the world that can fill us with hope in the human might and there are things that are so insurmountable that wise people can only accept them with philosophical resignation and acknowledge that the world is as God intended, not as we want it to be. That small measure of humility, anchored in our faith about something bigger than men, is being lost little by little under the weight of the liberal dogma captured in slogans the like of “A better world is possible” and “We [people] can change the world; be a force for good“. Dogma because modern liberalism – the liberalism of the Occupy movements, of green parties around the world, PETA and other delusional do-gooders – listens not to reason but to self-sustaining and unfounded theories about the intrinsic and supreme power of human goodness. Yet, unfortunately, human goodness is not supreme. Humanity can’t be re-educated and legislated into becoming a glorious group of enlightened and moral beings. In spite of the countless instances of human righteousness, humans are as intrinsically flawed now, after centuries of progressive enlightenment, as they were during the Bronze Age. Furthermore, human might is even less powerful than human goodness and even if we were at some point so enlightened that we could supersede evil tendencies with our good nature, we could not eradicate suffering and misery.

Yet that seems to be the prevailing mind-set of modern times. That misery can be swept away by love or compassion or empathy or whatever word is in fashion these days. Westerners have been led to believe that hardships and sufferings are anachronisms of the past; that everyone has a right to a life pain-free. Sadly, this is not true. Michael Knox Beran wrote an excellent article in National Review Online (see here) about this issue, an article who should be read by everyone. I will, however, offer this humble addition to his opinion. Happiness is measured against suffering. The state of happiness is the state of lack of suffering, or the closest to it possible. Pardoning this somewhat clichéd line of thought, there can not be the one without the other, just as there can not be light without darkness. Accepting this insurmountable, enduring, unmovable truth is the first step, I believe, towards maturity.