Rationalization and The New Order
Like Adam and Eve we can reach all we want for excuses to rationalize the principles of truth, but the fact remains that sooner or later we're going to have to pay for cutting corners and obliterating the absolutes.
"Rationalization is the language of the sheep. It gives us permission to blindly tie our lot to popular notions and views so as to protect our physical, personal, societal, and spiritual comforts. Rationalization is the last of three steps by which the New Order shifts traditional ground. First, non-traditional ideas, concepts, positions, notions and beliefs are presented as acceptable, viable alternatives. Second, these non-traditional alternatives are pushed and defended into majority or common levels thereby making it more comfortable, easier, or popular to recognize, accept, and adopt these alternative ways of doing things. Lastly, rationalization is adopted as a way of avoiding discomfort, stress, or reality."
The famed psychologist Leon Festinger once proposed the theory that people seek consistency, comfort, and stability in their lives and beliefs, even to the point of twisting their perceptions of reality to achieve their false contentment. The New Order is fueled by this rationalization, and its ultimate goal is to make blasphemy, abomination, and mocking true faith a very accepted, common, and comfortable thing to do.
The Spiritual Poison of Rationalization
We rationalize when we struggle to put the most positive, stable, comforting, and justifying face on issues, situations, concepts, ideas, beliefs, and activities which we find negative, uncomfortable, difficult, destabilizing, and unjustifiable. Faced with a situation or issue which challenges our comfort level, we spin our perception or interpretation of that situation or issue to increase our societal, personal, and popular comfort. A central aspect of rationalization is saving face, and saving face implies folding in the face of popular appeal or societal pressures. History tells us that the easiest path to earthly comfort is following popular notions, ideas, and activities.
Conversely, the fastest way to earthly discomfort is opposing popular notions, ideas, and activities. The spiritual damage caused by rationalization is a three step process. First, it tells us that discomfort is always a bad thing. Second, it intoxicates us with the perfume of societal, personal, and popular comfort. Last, it leads us to seek that comfort at any personal, societal, and spiritual cost.
Rationalization tells us that we can escape reality and pain by redefining that reality to fit our personal comfort zones. No movement based on comfort and conformity can ever lead us to God Almighty and salvation! No true follower of Christ can ever believe in the notion that if you cannot beat them, join them! Rationalizations are only delusions of comfort, false drugs whose addiction is secular, temporal, and destructive to true spiritual growth and authentic faith.
One need only look at the example of Christ Himself to see that seeking only earthly comfort is anathema to being a true follower of Christ. Our Savior clearly had greater priorities than seeking His own physical, personal, and general comfort, and His life is a litany of cases where doing what is right was not doing what is comfortable.
Rationalization entices us to focus selfishly on our interests and agenda; away from reality, honesty, and sacrifice and toward deception, dishonesty, and selfishness. It is grounded in obsession with popularity and popular notions and beliefs, since siding with such things usually leads to relative comfort and societal stability. Its ultimate harm to our spirituality and faith is that it encourages us to anchor our spiritual life to comfort and consistency rather than service, charity, and reality. In the long run, rationalization causes us to forget what we sincerely stand for or what we should fight for because it asks us to overlook, ignore, and even defy our previous positions.
Rationalization as a New Order Tool
Rationalization is the language of the sheep. It gives us permission to blindly tie our lot to popular notions and views so as to protect our physical, personal, societal, and spiritual comforts. Rationalization is the last of three steps by which the New Order shifts traditional ground. First, non-traditional ideas, concepts, positions, notions and beliefs are presented as acceptable, viable alternatives. Second, these non-traditional alternatives are pushed and defended into majority or common levels thereby making it more comfortable, easier, or popular to recognize, accept, and adopt these alternative ways of doing things. Lastly, rationalization is adopted as a way of avoiding discomfort, stress, or reality.
Things such as divorce, remarriage, abortion, secularism, radical feminism, New Age thinking, and modernism were presented as viable and acceptable alternatives to traditional Catholic beliefs and doctrines. These views and positions were pushed and defended to the point where they are now accepted elements of traditional discourse and debate. Discussions and positions which would have been thrown out of the room a generation ago are now openly debated and considered as if they had any moral or credible place at God's Sacred Altar.
Now, the excuses and justifications for such abominations are presented as pathetic rationalizations whose only purposes are to deceive opponents, absolve guilty consciences, and sweep such abominations into the core of our Faith. The tactic is clear: introduce and debate outrageous views upto a certain point, then rationalize them into the system to diffuse tension, debate, and opposition.
We must reject rationalized comfort and follow Christ
Christ clearly told us that salvation is not possible unless we follow His example of love, mercy, charity, sacrifice, and rejection of earthly values and standards. Saints such as St. Francis, St. Clare, and many others have shown us that salvation lies in rejecting the comforts of earthly values, popularity, and avoiding "waves".
The New Order has lost this divine and sacred model and has led our Faith away from the austerity and strict path which worked for centuries. Only when we reject the rationalizations which are carrying our Faith into the abyss will we be free to truly follow Christ; Whose message was the freedom of truth and not the chains of "spin" and rationalization spewed by the New Order.
Editor's Note: We are pleased to announce Gabriel Garnica will be contributing many articles in 2004. Heaven is once again under attack by those who would seek to ignore and overthrow God's majesty and authority. Gabriel Garnica, educator and attorney, will submit regular insights and commentaries to remind and help guide readers toward a deeper and more assertive faith. Touching on topics and issues ranging from personal faith, doctrine, education, scripture, the media, family life, morality, and values, Gabriel's notes will be music to tradtional ears but unpleasant tones to those who have bought into the misguided notions so prevalent and spreading in today's Catholic world.
For Gabriel's first part of this poisonous venue, see yesterday's article on Perfectionism and The New Order