Today is the feast of Sts. Joachim and Ann, parents of the Immaculate Conception and grandparents of the Second Person of the Trinity. For some time now, I have wanted to share my thoughts about what I love in the modern American political left: sympathies with Mary, the Virgin Mother of God. As long as I have been following politics, about 13 years, I have not identified as either Republican or Democrat. This is the first year that I have followed the American experiment with an academic level of research and concern. In the past, I was a simple Catholic issue voter. I hoped Bush would be pro-life. He wasn't. I hoped Obama would end our imperialism. He didn't. I prayed Ron Paul could somehow win the presidency and 'end the Fed’eral reserve’s death-grip on Western economics. He couldn't. This year was obviously a new monster. I do not consider myself a political conservative or a modern liberal, I am a Christian. As far as I can tell, the left-right divide splits Christ’s Matthew 5 Sermon down the middle (intentionally?). Both the left and the right will scoff at this idea, but that just proves my point I think… I voted for Donald Trump, not because I thought he was an ideal candidate, but because his vision for America’s future most closely aligned what I felt the Holy Spirit wanted. I claim no superpowers in that discernment. The biggest issue that Trump confronts, in my opinion, is the overthrow of a mediocracy that has been controlling public consensus for decades. The problem is far reaching, affecting television news, popular academia, entertainment medias, and until now I imagine, the American presidency itself. Before moving on, I will just list the top 3 truths that this system has censored/distorted – and that must be freshly disseminated if our society is to survive:
Reflecting upon Luc Besson’s most recent epic, the film Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, I couldn’t help but think of Mary the Mother of God! Let me explain. [SPOILER] In the second half, this movie skirts into a super sci-fi pc social justice climax with an assertive female soldier extorting her military superior, against his better judgment to defy his sworn allegiance by bypassing the law and making unofficial reparations to a sexually androgynous race of illegal aliens who are refugees of a governmental conspiracy of violent imperialism! Wow, masterful. That covers topics in feminism, LGBT, racism, slavery, immigration, foreign policy, communist revolution, and anarchism. Does that remind you of Mary??? No… but it represents a broader theme on the left that should. A day or so after seeing Valarian, I revisited an old Hayao Miyazaki classic, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, a much more balanced artistic depiction of the holy feminine. Nausicaä is a virgin princess and sole heir who is trained in natural science, mechanics, politics, war, and diplomacy, but who freely chooses to focus her energy into botany, zoology, and the general cultivation of the life-giving arts (beauty). Her compassion for life inspires her to minister against the mutilations of revenge, eventually forcing her to give her life in active protest to world-war. In the film, Nausicaä grows into a prophetic savior figure who not only succeeds in quelling the rage of the oppressed classes (the sentient ‘insects’) but who also emerges as an inspiration to the women of her world – even converting a violent and power-hungry woman through example alone. Against my will, the character of Nausicaä reminded me of Valerian’s Laureline. Despite the extremism of her example, there remained in Laureline’s plee an echo of Our Lady at the feast of Cana: ‘They have no wine.’ And Valerian offers a similar response. Maybe it is ok to break the rules or laws sometimes for the sake of the suffering…
Some people think that Catholic theology is a spider web of bureaucracy meant to cloud the issues that reason alone could settle. It is just the opposite. History provides all the proof. The Church is the Rock of Ages precisely because its doctrines are so difficult to logically improve. An indubitable evidence of conformity to reality (any reasonable person should say, see Dr. Jordan Peterson). The Christ doctrine is light on the way. Everything we desire is already there. Take the case of feminist activism. What does God say about it through the dogmatic proclamations of the Church? Well, God chose a woman to be the only perfectly created human person – that is God’s feminism. Mary is metaphysically superior to the rest of humanity. It seems to me the woman's movement could not find a deeper well. But it requires us to see otherness as more than a tool of oppression. A nirvana without difference or distinction is not better than a hierarchy where everyone is equal. Yes, God can do that. Traditionally, Mary embodies the Catholic Church, infusing the Christian West with eyes to see where freedom crosses over to sin, developing in her children a discernment of offenses and sensitivity of conscience. G.K. Chesterton suggested that, originally, the majority of women did not want to vote – as in the later labor movement feminists who didn't care for suffrage: Helen Keller, Emma Goldman, Mother Jones – because politics by design is a violent sport – government is always ultimately coercion at gunpoint. Maybe those women saw as Nausicaä did.
There has been a beautiful evolution in human sensitivity from which much of the social justice movement arises. I say this is undoubtedly a Marian charisma. Mary does not overlook the experiences of the individual, anyone, ever. There is no collateral damage in her decisions (emotionally or physically); her love passes-over no one. However, this also means that Our Lady does not exchange the enemy of evil or suffering for the enemy of republicans or capitalism. The Leftist technological collectivism is no less abhorrent to her than imperial nationalism. The Right does need the Left to remind it of those moments when reason deserves deviation, as the Left needs the Right to remind it when ‘the time has not yet come.’ We must all live in the restrictions of the conversation as two-tongued, lest we attempt again to supplant our God. The fear of this tension is at the root of all faithlessness in religion, marriage, and politics alike. It is the paradox that united man and God in Jesus Christ, an idea that spreads whenever its speared to a tree. You do not get to say you understand it, but neither may you reject the power of its witness. We are allowed to believe in our divination as individual cosmos’ called the children of God. Either there is nothing and you don’t matter, or there is one and no you at all, or the one is in the many and the many in the one in the house of the Lord.
“As it is written:
‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him’.”
- 1 Corinthians 2:9 NKJV
Here's a beautiful bi-partisan review of 2017 politics and the Catholic Church by a much higher authority than mine:
Strangers in a Strange Land