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By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky, Catholic Culture, Dec 16, 2019
Fr. Jerry Pokorsky is a priest of the Diocese of Arlington who has also served as a financial administrator in the Diocese of Lincoln. Trained in business and accounting, he also holds a Master of Divinity and a Master’s in moral theology. Father Pokorsky co-founded both CREDO and Adoremus, two organizations deeply engaged in authentic liturgical renewal. He writes regularly for a number of Catholic websites and magazines.
The world offers us various visions of life with aspects worth considering. Popular psychology borrows the phrase “cycle of life” from biology to provide a world view that describes our existence. Of course we do indeed live a cycle of life. But this fundamental truth of our existence is not, in itself, particularly revealing.
We are not mere animals; we are also human beings. Life must be more than birth, growth, maturity, reproduction, old age, and death. For humans, the cycle of life also includes many opportunities for hope and joy.
Progressives look to the cycle of life in the search for meaning. Progressive elites have the vision, and seek the power, to obtain happiness based on an ideology promising to bring about a perfect society. Unfortunately, while perfection is elusive, progressive tyranny is not.
Reactionaries have little interest in political power grabs. They look back to the good old days. Their lament of innocence lost is ambiguous. It is often real, but sometimes only a perception. For example, in many ways, the “cycle of life” in the 1950s was an idyllic time of cohesive communities, safe neighborhoods, and unlocked doors. But it was also a time of atomic bombs and mutually assured destruction. ….