Lee Hamilton’s post on artificial contraception

12 01 2009

marriage

A must read from a gentleman whose thoughts deserve wider circulation. Here is an excerpt:

Yet even while acknowledging the fundamental truths upon which it is based, the new ideological tinge of this “Catholic natalism” sometimes makes me uneasy. Some of its manifestations strike me as a novel, unorthodox and peculiar flirtation with some sort of newfangled “Catholic eugenics”. The posters of young Catholic families, the strapping ‘Eddie Bauer’ dad smiling at perfect little baby while wholesome-but-hot mom gazes knowingly out at the viewer (or smiles down at “her two boys”), elicit an ambivalent reaction from me. The atomic families depicted are models of suburban bourgeois propriety and isolation – absent is the healthy cacophony and purposeful chaos of the traditional extended family. I’m referring to the grandparents, aunts, uncles, older cousins, black sheep and beloved strays who make up the natural family network in all human societies, and who have always shared in the labour of love that is the nourishing of life.

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15 01 2009
Visibilium

I live in a Protestant region, and extended families who live, fight, and incestuously fornicate together are part of the lifestyle. I’m not sure that religion has anything to do with it, other than as an additional aspect of the family tradition.

14 01 2009
triunepieces

The atomic families depicted are models of suburban bourgeois propriety and isolation – absent is the healthy cacophony and purposeful chaos of the traditional extended family.

Because one can only breed one’s children, and not a healthy cacophony of extended relatives that don’t exist because they dropped out of the extended family during the sexual revolution, and have hence aborted all the cousins you would have had after placing grandma in the nursing home.

Abortion, contraception, and divorce have laid waste to an entire generation. We all know that.

I’m okay with bourgeois suburbia with hot moms and masculine, but sensitive dads. (It’s called marketing.) We may be isolated now, living in our bland, white enclaves that make serious thinkers rub their chin in suspicious consternation. But give us 30 years, and we’ll get that cacophony back. Especially when our grand-kids marry all the grand-kids of those Catholic Mexicans and Southeast Asians who have joined us in the suburbs.

12 01 2009
Terpsichore, Lusitana Combatente

right on!!!

But that is protestant. It is a protestant phenomeen, and spread through it… the little family only.

Specially mothers are literally thrown away when children are grown…. it has been the protestant teaching.

12 01 2009
Esse Quam Videri

[…] Lee Hamilton, in an essay titled Misgivings.  Thanks to blogger Arturo Vasquez for recommending this article. […]

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