Thursday, April 16, 2009

Some Notes on the French

We are witnessing a unique moment in history, a time when a people will choose to destroy its unique and unrepeatable nation through consumerism and an embrace of the culture of death. For those who are unaware, France is like other European states in that traditional families, if they have any children at all, have very small families. It is on a long-term path to destroy its own gene pool, race, and civilization.

This moment is very unusual in that for the first time in history a people is freely choosing to commit genocide by failing to reproduce. Normally, this action is forced by an oppressor who uses violence and murder to destroy a race. Never in history have a people freely consented to their own genocide. The French are choosing to not have children so that they can more freely pursue a lifestyle defined by materialistic factors alone. European nihilism produces an internal disruption so deep that it can prevent the French from perceiving this tragedy. The destruction of the French people is accepted as a responsible and ethical way to gain happiness.

And yet, the immigrants who come to France are pursuing traditional practices by honoring their marriages and families and having many children. The problem is not that France is becoming African or Arabic, this reality would be equally damaging in any nation. I am happy that the immigrant families are having children, but this issue is not geopolitical, it is existential. This drama is a tragedy no matter where it is played.

While this reality is for the most part ignored by our secular media and it does not receive much space in our Catholic journals, it is something that deserves our attention. It also serves to illustrate that the words of Cardinal Schönborn, “The time of Christianity in Europe is coming to an end.” The dualism that emerges in post-Christian Europe relies on the contraceptive mentality so deeply that it is leads to a self-inflicted genocide.

This devastation reveals the ruins of the inner-life in contemporary European man. We live in unusual and unique times where we are witnessing something that a generation ago would have been thought impossible. And we are silent as though it were a normal event.

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For an interesting report on the culture of death in Japan, see Michael Ciben’s article in February’s New Oxford Review.

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