Really, the full title of this blog should be How Conservative Family Lines Went Woke In Just a Few Generations. It didn’t happen overnight. This is not a blog post to cheer on the right and condemn the leftists. It’s to ask how our every country in the West went from being civilized to uncivilized in less than 100 years. You all know my theological answers on this, on how “politics is downstream of politics” and how “every grace and error flows from the altar.” I also now admit that Vatican II was not the root of modernism, but was just the “coming out” party for modernism.
But at the family level, why did traditional families born in the 1940s produce mild liberals in the 1960s who then produced rage-filled leftists in Generation Y and Z? Most American historians show that WWI, WWII, the Vietnam War and the Korean War changed the political landscape. I agree with that. Of course, the media and the internet addictions have changed the families nearly every country in the world. This digital influences upon the human brain are probably irreversible, barring the entire grid getting smoked by a solar flare.
But on top of all these issues, we need to tackle feminism. You see, I used to think it was really cool that the pro-life movement had “pro-life feminists.” Then I realized that feminism was intrinsically linked to the overturning of the hierarchical and even intellectual order that God had planned for the family. Pope Pius XI wrote in Casti Connubii:
But [subjection] forbids that exaggerated liberty which cares not for the good of the family; it forbids that in this body which is the family, the heart be separated from the head to the great detriment of the whole body and the proximate danger of ruin. For if the man is the head, the woman is the heart, and as he occupies the chief place in ruling, so she may and ought to claim for herself the chief place in love.—# 27.
Notice again that the Pope wrote there in 1930 that man is supposed to be the head of the family and woman is supposed to be the heart. That is not to say that men are called to be mean and cold. It doesn’t mean that women are supposed to be quiet ditzes staring at the floor when their man is talking. I’m not a promoter of the trad world living in a 1950s time-warp, as most of you know. Pope Pius XI is there describing the beauty of the complementarity of family life. Man is transcendent whereas woman is imminent. There is a balance there between truth and mercy, between foresight and intuition. This can only be attained in a family with a man and a woman following at least Natural Law, and hopefully Divine Law.
I suspect that one of my most unpopular opinions in the traditional world is this: I blame primarily men for feminism. I believe women commandeered unfitting roles in not only the workplace, but also their families, because of the laziness of the men in their lives. Clearly, we all know that many women became feminists because of absentee (or abusive) men in their lives. I mourn how many once-traditional family-lines in numerous countries of the West (within the 20th century) produced liberals and ultimately leftists. (Watch my video with Dr. Mark McDonald MD if you don’t know the difference between a liberal and a leftist.)
Then what happened then in a few generations to ruin the families of this country? Besides all of the issues listed at the beginning of the blog post, I believe men got lazy in leading their families intellectually and then demons stepped-in to manipulate the compassion of women. Think about it: As Pope Pius XI wrote “if the man is the head, the woman is the heart,” then Satan would be able to conquer the conservative family by getting the husband to first turn off his brain. Then, Satan has only to manipulate a woman’s heart to think it would be “compassionate” to do everything found on the Democratic ticket. Just think of how leftists now bill as “merciful” or “fair” every act of destruction they infuse into the Church and State today. We conservative men know it’s irrational, but woke feminists really think their way of influencing families is “compassionate.”
Of course, they’re only destroying the family. But men are too busy or lazy to take notice.
The only solution I see is for men to stop being so intellectually lazy. Men must do the hard work of figuring out what’s really going on in Church and State. And then biological fathers and spiritual fathers must make concrete plans on how to lead their families (or parishes) without any fear of the consequences. I’m not saying men need to flex in the face of their wives by doing some kind of insecure, masculine flexing. I’m obviously not saying men should lead their families without listening to their wives. I’m just saying that if a man chooses to have courage and keep the law of God (by studying the Deposit of the Faith and turning off mainstream media) then no one will be able to resist him. Their wives will want to follow them without him needing too much flexing or commanding. It may be just as God told Joshua before taking the Promised Land:
No man shall be able to resist you all the days of thy life: as I have been with Moses, so will I be with thee: I will not leave thee, nor forsake thee. Take courage, and be strong: for thou shalt divide by lot to this people the land, for which I swore to their fathers, that I would deliver it to them. Take courage therefore, and be very valiant: that thou mayst observe and do all the law, which Moses my servant hath commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayst understand all things which thou dost.—Joshua 1:5-7