May 14, 2016

Off-site Highlights: Moms, Bodies, and Bar Songs

(Compiled by Anna)

1. Our society has a puzzling attitude towards mothers and motherhood. Stella Morabito argues that by it's very nature, motherhood bars the path of those who wish to isolate the individual and make way for statism. I've never read a piece that was so disheartening and yet so encouraging at the same time. It left me feeling that every potty chair I empty, every spill I dry, and every misdeed I correct is a way in which I do grand deeds for goodness.

A Little Mother Prevents Big Brother by Stella Morabito 
Motherhood is the first and last line of defense against totalitarianism. If you think this statement sounds over the top, you ought to ponder why the family has always been the ultimate target of tyrannical systems of government such as communism. Advocates of cultural Marxism tend to view families as akin to subversive cells that get in the way of centralized state power. MORE.

2. Modern progressivism is often called the new Gnosticism. This piece by Rachel Lu is helpfully enlightening.

What's Really Driving the Bathroom Wars: The human body is inherently imperfect and inegalitarian. This infuriates the Left by Rachel Lu 
Why do liberals hate bodies so much? It’s understandable when we consider how ill-suited the body is to progressive ideology. In the first place, bodies are dreadfully inegalitarian. However energetically we promote genetic counseling and prenatal vitamins, the reality remains that some people are born healthy, strong, and beautiful, while others are sickly, weak, and unattractive. Men on balance are taller, stronger, and faster than women. White men can’t jump. Liberals might ardently desire a “level playing field,” but in their efforts to realize it, they continually butt heads with the warm, fleshy reality that is the human body.  
Wiser people might take this as an invitation to reflect on deeper moral truths that could help us make sense of nature’s inegalitarian distribution of burdens and blessings. We might, for instance, meditate on the solid Burkean principle that all men are equal in the sight of God but only thus. More proactively, we could consider the responsibilities and entitlements that would naturally follow on our physiological differences if we shared a broad social commitment to advancing the common good. What kinds of social norms would encourage the strong to protect the weak, the healthy to care for the sick, and young women to exercise their unique capacity to bear children? What sorts of life patterns would enable society to benefit from both the vigor of the young and the wisdom and experience of the old? MORE.

3.  If you missed it, you can read me talk about how to be a mom without going crazy over at The Federalist.

4. What about women who would rather remain single? Is there a place in the church for them? The ladies at LadyLike provide a great response.

1 Corinthians 7 is the go-to passage about the reasons for getting married or not getting married. The bottom line is that most people find that it is not good for them to be alone and make their way through life better if they are married. But some people do not have an inclination to marry built into them. There's nothing wrong with that. MORE.
5. Change of topic: Here's a response to an accusation you've probably heard before:

Which of our favorite hymns are rewritten “bar” songs? By Jonathan Aigner  
Are many of our favorite and most-enduring hymns set to tunes borrowed from “drinking” songs, “bar” melodies, or tavern music? 

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