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“The mobility of populations…does violence to the extended family, having rendered one of the most fundamental structures of human existence seemingly obsolete. Its absence is devastating in the destruction of the social order. We have quietly made an agreement to prefer economic progress to the stability of family. The global economy requires that we agree to make capital movable regardless of its impact on local communities. Whole cities and regions can be turned into ghost towns in less than a generation, without a war or a plague. It is a form of violence that we excuse with the bromides of economic theory.” (Father Stephen Freeman)

“By that standard, despite our wealth and technological sophistication, we in the modern West are living under barbarism, though we do not recognize it. Our scientists, our judges, our princes, our scholars, and our scribes—they are at work demolishing the faith, the family, gender, even what it means to be human. Our barbarians have exchanged the animal pelts and spears of the past for designer suits and smartphones.” (Rod Dreher)

“...all human institutions tend toward totalitarianism, whether of the state, or of culture, or of enterprise. None of them is able to deliver ultimate human fulfillment or ultimate security against death…States that reject the idea of God tend either to tyranny or to open disorder. In either case, the end is disorder, because tyranny itself is a disorder." (Bishop John Michael Botean Thomas Merton)

“In the spirituality of our age, karma is the prevailing law of the universe. What a person puts out will ultimately come back to him, good or bad. The individual brought it upon himself. This law is supposed to motivate people to be good to each other; but it lacks an extremely important spiritual ingredient. What karma essentially means is that the individual is his own god. This is why it sells. It feels good at the outset to believe you are in control of your own destiny.” (Jonathan Jackson)

“Modern marketing uses the same technique: There is something missing in your life that you presently do not have, and you are therefore incomplete in some way. You need product “X” to make your life or experience complete. Marketing executives exploit what is most basic to our human nature, our desire to be made whole. Every human being has a natural drive toward completion and maturity; we find it unbearable to know we are lacking. When this drive finds God as the target, we experience freedom. However, when it runs in other directions, we experience endless distractions, frustrations, and suffering.” (Kevin Scherer)

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