There is something particularly cheerful about today, manifested in a manner both silly and serious. To start off, I am confused and surprised by this article from LewRockwell.com. Ever since I took a class on "transitions in scientific thought" by an unpopular but profoundly intelligent teacher in 11th grade, I have found it very easy to compartmentalize my thought paradigm as Formal/Logical, or generally absolutist. However, once one moves outside my thoughts on moral matters, and moves to the subjects of music or economics, this classification is befuddled. Upon reading the above article, I could not "educated guess" myself into one of the categories:
Guardian (I love tradition and stable, just society, but do I really care that much about fitting in? I often have trouble relating even to other Catholic Traditionalists- whenever I do run into them)
Artisan (I am a poet, and I confess to loving praise too much, but I certainly have more to stand on than that)
Rational (While I certainly appreciate abstract logic and priniples more than the lessons of experience, I definitely appreciate proper and trustworthy authority whenever I find it)
Idealist (What can I say? I'm a hopeless romantic and a "reactionary utopian" [Sobran], but my heart knows its place is under the heel of my brain!)
Maybe I am really harder to classify than most, or perhaps this is just a bad set of categories, which would leave more normal men as befuddled as me.
As promised, there's some actual good news, straight from the website of The Remnant. While multiculturalists, modernists, relativists, and the rest of the Left tent will find me too concerned with making the world good and Catholic, an alliance in the former cause can often convince me to forget schemes toward the latter cause for fifteen minutes (okay, maybe not). The Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church (in general) appear to be doing ecumenism the right way: removing barriers to union without watering down the precious Deposit of Faith. Meanwhile, Pope Benedict XVI (God bless that Vicar of Christ!!!) has been wooing Anglicans- that is, conservative Anglo-Catholics who appreciate the liturgy, and is making the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Roman Church a safe haven for them, so that they might escape the ultra-modernist Episcopal Church, and the gaze of the Most Rev. Katharine Jeffers Schori. And if you thought I would forget about the Muslims, they recently ignited a right-to-life debate at the generally greedy, atheistic UN.
Perhaps the most cheerful part of all, the US was just about the only "first world" nation to sign on. Whatever one might say about President Bush's globalist tendencies and his neoconservatism, he obviously got something right by appointing the anonymous diplomats mentioned. Also deserving mention (besides the Muslim sponsors, Egypt, Bahrain, Iran, Libya, Kuwait, Mauritania, and Sudan- genocide-noxious SUDAN of all places) are those "third world" Christian nations, Philippines, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Gabon, Honduras, Haiti, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, and Panama, whose sense of morality and justice was obviously superior to that of secular Europe; on the old continent, only tiny San Marino signed on. We should all say a prayer for the leaders of that 23.6 square mile city of God!