But we are now in the odd position of supposing that sex is too trivial to require virtue for its exercise, but that it is simultaneously so significant, so determinative of a person’s identity, that to suggest any restraint upon its consensual exercise is an affront to the most important fount of human dignity. It is at once nugatory and holy. We are at once to think nothing of it, and everything. It is at once like scratching an itch, and worshiping a god. It requires no sacrifice from its exerciser, and the sacrifice of everything else to it: the welfare of children and the family, public morals, the common good, and liberty itself.
Anthony Esolen in “Where Is the Virtue?” (via joshbishopreads)
but regardless of the etiology
regardless that “it shouldn’t be like this, it just. can’t. be. like. this.”
the fact remains, it is like this:
whenever Africans exceed a miniscule fraction of the population in a neighborhood, a city, a county, a country… the place comes, on a sliding scale, to resemble an African shantytown.
This is how life works.
To be a reactionary is to understand that man is a problem without a human solution.
Ser reaccionario es comprender que el hombre es un problema sin solución humana.
Nicolás Gómez Dávila (“Don Colacho”). Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 381.
(HT Don Colacho’s Aphorisms)