2020, in History, by David Warren

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December 18, 2020
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*Image: America Guided by Wisdom by John James Barralett, c. 1815 [Library of Congress, Washington, DC]

By David Warren, The Catholic Thing, Dec. 18, 2020

David Warren is a former editor of the Idler magazine and columnist in Canadian newspapers. He has extensive experience in the Near and Far East. His blog, Essays in Idleness, is now to be found at: davidwarrenonline.com.


Note: Today is the last day of our end-of-year 2020 funding drive. Starting next week, we want to turn our hearts and minds to the birth of the Savior. I’m deeply grateful to the many of you who have shown such great generosity and commitment to this work. The world may not know what we do here just now. But the day is coming – when we return to sanity again – that it will. And the world will understand what it took for a few of us to pledge ourselves in these days to the reality of God and His Creation  I know this is a hard year for a lot of us, and not only because of COVID. But for those of you who want to give and have delayed: now’s the time. You know the kind of people who say, if not us who? If not now, when? Let’s surpass them at that game. Do what you can now. It will make all the difference, not far from now, on some better day. – Robert Royal

David WarrenA fortnight hence, it will be New Year’s Day. That will make it 2021, by the grace of God. All our troubles will be over, according to a supermarket Christmas carol. The page will be turned on what, according to conventional opinion, was the worst year in living history.

But what if some problems persist? Let me indulge the controversial view that conventional opinion is usually wrong. It would follow that the 21st year of the 21st century will make the 20th year seem like candy and roses. We will be looking back fondly on our first Batflu year, when all we had to do was wear muzzles, and keep our distances.

If that’s all we still have to do a year from now, we will have got off easy. The more progressive public health authorities assure us that we will still be doing these things then, regardless whether we have taken the Batflu vaccine, or if we are “following the science” – a phrase already used mostly tongue-in-cheek.  …

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