How To Be Human

The problem is not that our world lacks  religion. The problem is not a lack of piety, or a lack of faith. The problem with our world is that, on a massive cultural scale, we are not acting like human beings. Religion, piety, faith; all these things are the natural – and fantastic – consequence of living as a human, as a man fully alive.

Our modern world is attacking, not religious institution, but humanity. The family existed before the Church. There was marriage before there was the Sacrament of Matrimony. That life should be respected is  concept basic throughout history. That man is worth something great, with dignity and infinite value, that he should be happy and fulfilled – you’d be hard pressed to find a time before our own when this was not a building block of society. And yet it is these that are now considered oppressive dogmas.

So there it is. I really do believe that we – as a culture, as a people, and as individuals – need to relearn what it means to be human. I’m not the only one who thinks so, it’s fully-fledged movement, headed – as usual – by the Catholic Church. Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body tells us who we are, Grassroots films hit the nail on the head with The Human Experience, Chesterton’s been slugging away from the grave…this is my contribution.

So what does it mean to be human? Well I’d tell you, but that wouldn’t get you to come back, now would it? Look for a series of absolutely brillant posts in the next few weeks.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17266302237350470265 Mary

    I am PSYCHED! Bring it!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17624589296171657699 egosumbarb

    Sometimes I think the problem is a culture that values human beings acting like homo sapiens. I mean Homo sapiens as in the idea that we're just another intelligent mammal in a world where the strong survive. We glorify selfishness as a survival skill. We glorify violence since it gets rid of competition. We give into whatever impulse drives us simply because some neuron is firing off something in our brains or we're creating some type of hormone that signals satisfaction. Too often do we overlook our spiritual lives and too often to we ignore the nourishment our soul craves.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17814899666244618561 Brent Stubbs

    in a phrase: "the comoditization of the human person"; NYSE: HMN

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04274507983353868813 Practicing Mammal

    I was thinking maybe you should marry one of my offspring. Would you mind very much? Thanks for bloggin' at me. PM

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12679230722483582032 Marc

    I wouldn't mind too much, but my drop-dead gorgeous, incredibly stunning and prone-to-fits-of-jealous-rage girlfriend might take issue.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04274507983353868813 Practicing Mammal

    Too Bad. Such a shortage of Outrageous, Shameless, Flaming, Outspoken Catholics. Tell her not to worry, not that many girls are interested in that sort. PM

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16567995546796040699 J. Chase

    Hey Marc, I look forward to seeing what you come up with. I have given much thought to this same idea.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15396201693030286919 Manny

    Great insight. Now I'm hooked on coming back for part II.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01227708504915650822 geffu2

    Every other century has railed against humanity in some form or another. We are not unique in that aspect. What makes this century unique is the insidiousness of the attacks. The attacks are hidden in protectionist talk about rights and freedoms. People are easily drawn in when it means they don’t have to suffer for happiness. (I can totally understand that.) The last 100 years have brought attacks on humanity both the same as the Arian heresy (denial of the humanity of Jesus) and yet so well hidden that it looks to be logical enlightened (denial that a child is human). The US representative to the UN has told the Holy See that they do not respect human life because they wish to deny people access to family planning and safe abortions. We also get the same logical conclusions when we trust a human document to be the last word on our rights. How else could the Supreme Court conclude that separate yet equal is just, or that the right to privacy means we can murder our children? Holy Spirit come and set the world ablaze, for that seems to be the only way we will be able to fight these most well hidden demons.Keep up the good work. You have reenergized my Catholicism.