I realize this is a bit of an abstract argument, but hear me out. Weak individual wills team up to form a collective cacophony in support of the Culture of Death.
And by the Culture of Death I mean those who support rewriting the Natural Law so as to make death acceptable in all forms of human existence. Whether it be the death of babies by abortion, the death of the infirmed by euthanasia, the death of virtue (such as chastity by porn use), or what have you.
Those who wish to remake human nature into their own image, rather than God’s, have weak individual wills.
It seems odd to call those who want abortion on demand with no apology as possessing weak individual wills. Wouldn’t stubborn or prideful be a better description?
Perhaps. But think about the inclinations we have as human persons, and ask yourself this: is there anything the advocates of the Culture of Death can say no to?
In their world, you can be a male on Monday and a Female on Tuesday. You can kill off family members who get in your way (preborn children, grandpa). You are free, in their view, to engage in sterile sex of many varieties (contraceptive or same-sex). All is allowed. No one’s desires can be denied.
To state it another way, those who end up in the socially-liberal mindset suffer from a lack of self-denial. Temperance is an enemy to be kept in check. Indulgence to self rules the progressive ideology.
It is a creed they have formulated to satisfy the weak individual will.
Maybe if I give a couple examples, my argument will become more clear.
Think of those who ardently support abortion. Now think how many of them arrived at that stance.
In order to support abortion, they empathize with the mothers who find themselves in precarious situations. No one should have to go forward with a single unplanned pregnancy, they figure.
After all, if women were “forced” to keep their unwanted children, then the amount of sex would go down. People would take more seriously the birds and the bees.
Less sex would mean less self-indulgence and would mean needing more self-control. They can’t allow that to happen!
We can’t possibly say no to ourselves! No way. So, yeah, abortion on demand, without apology. Ra-ra-ra! And there you have a weak individual will.
Now think of those who support porn use and have few exceptions as to whom they think should be viewing this garbage.
What goes into such advocacy? What does it take for a father to suggest to his son he “find relief” by looking at a dirty magazine? What are perverts thinking when they allow porn to be viewed at the public library?
I think at least part of it is the weak individual will of each advocate. If they are caught up in the vice of porn use, then there’s an attempt to diminish guilt by getting more people involved in the sin. Strength in numbers.
And if they are not personally struggling with porn addiction, they may fear being viewed as judgmental or hypocritical. After all, they personally struggle with other sins. Who are they to decide someone else can’t view that smut?
As if sins were flavors at the Baskin Robbins. No one should advocate everyone be allowed to indulge on their favorite flavor. Just because most everyone is partaking doesn’t make the food wholesome.
Individuals who can never say no to dessert are not likely to have the courage to refuse a sexual temptation, either.
Weak individual wills struggle in saying no to self. Sin is enticing, like ice cream. It takes good going in, but its effects can lead to dire consequences.
Too much ice cream will only give you a stomach ache or diabetes, at worst. Too much sin could cost you your soul for all eternity.
Too many weak individual wills drag the entire civilization down.
Self-control is needed. Temperance must be practiced. These are all but forgotten virtues in a society fixated on the vices, sugar-coated by the Culture of Death.
So, am I onto something here, you think?
Or, am I off the mark in identifying weak individual wills and a lack of self-control as a major problem in our culture?
Please let me know your thoughts below!