Men as Meat

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Julius:  The new made Adam!  And this is how you see man?  Noble, beautiful, unafraid?

Michelangelo:  How else should I see him?

Julius:  As he is! Corrupt and evil! His hands dripping with blood, destined for damnation! Your painting is beautiful but false.

Michelangelo:  I cannot change my conception.

Julius:  You’ve taught me not to waste my time trying to change your conceptions.  How did you arrive at this?

Michelangelo:  I thought …  my idea for the panel was that man’s evil he learned from himself, not from God.

Julius:  (quietly) yes…

Michelangelo:  I wanted to paint man, as He was first created.  Innocent, still free of sin, grateful for the gift of life.

Screenplay, The Agony and the Ecstasy

Kevin Williamson at National Review Online nails it in reference to the revelation that Planned Parenthood Worse Than Murder, Inc, is trafficking in some of the corpses of their murder victims:

Human beings are not lumps of labor. They are not capital, consumer goods, taxpayers, commodities — or meat. The philosophy of Planned Parenthood (and Eros is a jealous god) is the philosophy of men-as-meat, and that philosophy is not long compatible with liberty and human dignity. When Erich Fromm wrote his famous book on the dream of religion without deity, he titled it “You Shall Be as Gods.” The truth is that without an understanding of the uniqueness of human beings and the consequent value of every human life, you will not be as gods — you will be as meat. And meat gets butchered, packaged, and sold. It gets stuffed in the freezer.

Go here to read the rest.  When Christ taught us to call God “Father”, He was reminding us that we are children of a loving God. As CS Lewis noted:

“It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which,if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree helping each other to one or the other of these destinations. It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all of our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations – these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit – immortal horrors or everlasting splendors.”

The horrors of Planned Parenthood arise because of a fundamental mistake as to the nature of Man.  When men have been deluded into believing that Man is merely an animal with pretensions, do not be shocked when they act upon that belief.

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9 Comments

  1. “When men have been deluded into believing that Man is merely an animal with pretensions, do not be shocked when they act upon that belief.”
    So true, but then, this was the main theme of another “scientific consensus” (are you listening Pope Francis?) that dared to claim (biodiversity) that all species are equal.
    We heard nary a peep from either Rome or the USCCB, while many liberal “catholic” celebrities signed on publicly to such heresy. My 4th grade teacher’s manual told us that “A boy a dog, is a rat.” Body parts indeed!
    This was the breakdown that helped abortion and human parts sales to become morally justified in the minds of many…but not a word from the pulpits.
    Today, we are chasing more “scientific” nonsense to save the planet, while body parts and souls are being sold to those tainted with the smoke of Satan, and Rome says, “Ho Hum.”

  2. *points at this horror*
    This is why I freak out about people complaining about capitalism. Capitalism isn’t the problem– it doesn’t exist, as a system. It’s like how zero isn’t a number, it’s a description of a lack of numbers. Capitalism isn’t a system of economics, it’s what exists when you have no system to your economics.
    Any evil is an expression of what else is around– your laws and culture respect all humans as people? Then the free exchange in keeping with those laws will do the same.
    It gets confused, because the alternative systems that get offered are usually package deals of world philosophy that they don’t especially want to admit are anything but an economic system.
    Guns don’t cause violence, guns are used by those who have chosen to do violence.

    ******

    Pope Francis tried to hit a note like this– hopefully, it rang clear to someone, because it sure as heck missed here.

  3. Still no word from USCCB or Pope Francis on the buying and selling of baby parts. I expect to not hear anything about it at mass of course. Thank God for Fr. Pavone and Priests for Life for their active role in getting the word out and how to respond.

  4. Sergei Bulgakov, the Russian Orthodox theologian, philosopher and economist drew attention to the Western practice of referring to workers as “hands.” He recalls that in Russia, serfs were referred to as “souls.”

  5. in Russia, serfs were referred to as “souls…”

    In my observations of the Soviet system, Russian serfs ought to be referred to as “poor” souls.
    Cheer up, we’re heading there.

  6. “Souls” used to be sold in Russia prior to the emancipation of the serfs at about the time Lincoln freed the slaves. An estate would be advertised as coming with 200 “souls” for example. As usual with Russia, pretty words papered over a very ugly reality.

  7. “As usual with Russia, pretty words papered over a very ugly reality.”

    Ah yes, the old painting evil with a gilded halo works most every time. Well there was that incident of Satan quoting scripture to God in the desert….

  8. One day there comes a time in everyone’s life when they have to come to terms with the reality that some people are plain evil. And these same people will do anything for money, power, self.

    No amount of mental gymnastics can excuse this or gloss it over.

    For me It is a hard truth to learn, when I have been brought up to see the good in everyone.

    Unfortunately some people have permanently lost this good.

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