A Little Friday Meditation on the Demons
Fun fact: Texas has half the population of Italy and twice the land. Unlike Italy, however, it has American health care and, above all, a GOP leadership of nihilist predators and a culture of “Screw you, I’ve got mine” that has managed to overcome Italy’s wussy Euroweenie Catholic and socialized medicine culture of consideration for others that was able to beat the Pandemic. Libertarian MAGA greed, brutality, and wilful stupidity is being pounded to death by the Invisible Fist of the Darwinian Market. Its victims will go to their graves not even knowing they killed themselves. And they will take a helluva lot of innocent hostages with them.
And yet despite all this:
Texans descend on state capitol shouting “Bar Lives Matter” and demand the re-opening of bars. Because nihilist self-pity is only made perfect by mockery of the victims of racist violence.
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who scolded the lebens unwertesleben that “There are more important things than living” now scolds Dr. Anthony Fauci that he “doesn’t know what he’s talking about.” Fauci accurately warned that we faced 100K-200K dead by this time. We just passed 130K. Yet none of that matters. Blind denial rules Texas.
While the MAGA Cult were thinking the coast is clear because it’s summer and they don’t have to care any more and besides masks are not manly like Trump and freedumm, the virus was not thinking at all. It doesn’t care about your thoughts, conspiracy theories, feelings, MAGA BS or lies. It just keeps killing and if you are stupid enough to do the things that increase the chances of infection, you or somebody you love are more likely to suffer and die and kill other people because you are a selfish jackass.
Here’s reality, whether the MAGA cult likes it or not:
Darwin is going to deal brutally and in his ham-fisted way with the MAGA Cult because they self-select for suffering and death in their pigheaded stupidity. God have mercy on the innocent victims in their orbit.
Which brings me to this little quote:
“I have taken it for granted that educated men know that Aquinas and all his contemporaries, and all his opponents for centuries after, did believe in demons, and similar facts.”G.K. Chesterton, being refreshingly blunt about the existence of demons and not mincing words to suit the temper of a skeptical age.
I too state that demons are facts, not concepts, imaginary beings like elves, or emotional moods. Your ignorance of their existence does not make them go away. Your pity or contempt for my willingness to face the fact of their existence has no power to make them go away either. It only makes you easier prey for them. That doesn’t mean I and other believers can’t be prey to them. As the spectacular illustration provided by such theists as Judas Iscariot or Caiaphas shows, demons can and do make short work of the proud theist just as they do of the proud atheist. But still and all, chance favors the prepared mind.
One way to think of demons is as the MAGA of the spiritual realm: spiteful pigheaded enemies of all that is good for no purpose other than spite at Him who is Being. They hate you simply because God made you and they will your destruction simply because they hate God and existence and even themselves. They cannot harm God, so they harm what he loves: you.
We live in a time when sunny optimists–who don’t think rational creatures can embrace such a mode of being–are being confronted with the error of that calculation and the problem of sin is asserting itself again. What the Christian tradition warns is that rational beings, both human and angelic, are capable of doing that to themselves. The angelic beings who have made that choice for nihilism are called demons. Humans who cooperate with them to live in spite and nihilist defiance of the Good are called “mortal sinners”.
The good news is that we are not consigned to being trapped in such choices. That is why God the Son took flesh, broke into our world and brought with him the power to repent and undo making ourselves into such enemies of life. We are punished by, not for, our sins and even that punishment has only one purpose. To bring even the worst of us to the place where we say,
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and put a new and right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from thy presence,
and take not thy holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of thy salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit. (Psalm 51:10-12)
Even the most appallingly selfish person is loved by God.
“For I have no pleasure in the death of any one, says the Lord God; so turn, and live.” (Ezekiel 18:32)