I can skip dwelling on magical thinking, as one can look at all the posts I have written on this, with the links found through the tag.
But, stress, fear, and fantasy can cause some people to run away from the truth, whether it be within themselves or in the society.
One poor psychological manner of facing or not facing hard times has to be denial. Perhaps, many of those who lived in Nazi Germany chose denial rather than responsibility for the death of millions in the camps because of fear.
Spiritual sloth may be another reason-as some people get use to not looking at their own sins, thereby, not seeing how they themselves contribute to the general malaise of paganism, about to strangle religious freedom across the West.
Over and over again, I meet Catholics who have not read or studied the CCC, or any encyclicals, or looked at commentaries regarding the reality of the coming loss of religious freedom.
These Triumphalists decide either to ignore the real decisions being made at the highest levels of government, or among groups who are deciding policies outside of the public's control-Bilderberg, Tri-Lateral Committee, Council for Foreign Relations, and so on.
Americans swallow evening news reports from a small cache of news services all owned by about five people in the world, never thinking that there is real news out here to be found--if one takes the time.
Triumphalists trust governments to "do the right thing" even after years of most Western government deciding to murder babies in the womb either by abortions or chemical abortions. Triumphalists believe the main parties may change this slaughter, not understanding that there has never been a will to do so.
Triumphalists trust liberal clerics to do the right thing, or simply do not pay attention to what is going on in the local parishes, dioceses, or Rome, (see my many posts on this from 2013), until the Catholic Emancipation Act of 1829, Catholics were daily persecuted in England.
In America, the Ku Klux Clan and other Anti-Catholic groups, including the Masons, undermined freedom in many states. In fact, this undercurrent of hatred has never disappeared, only gone underground here.
|"Conspiratorkkk" by Branford Clarke (March 18, 1885 – July 7, 1947) - From Klansmen: Guardians of Liberty, 1926. Published by the Pillar of Fire Church in Zarephath..|
Too many Catholics have become idolators of the State, putting country before God, America before Rome, which forms the basis of the heresy of Americanism.
But, in those long years of intolerance in England, a minority remained true to Rome, defying public laws and choosing the Faith over country.
Triumphalists want it all-they want an America which is holy without understanding that America choose evil over God in the acceptance of Roe v. Wade, and the not-so-hidden socialist agenda of certain parties.
Now, Americans face the final act of intolerance towards our Faith-the most likely passing of ssm by the highest court in the land. Either it is made legal across the board, sin guaranteed by the Constitutional interpretation of SCOTUS, or the court will let each state decide. Either way, Catholics will again come under intense persecution.
Triumphalists live in fantasy land, thinking somehow God will be, like the deus ex machina in old dramas, the god in the machine who comes down into the play and changes the ending for the good. Aristotle (and others) criticized this method of solving plot problems in a play. I am so happy I just found two weeks ago by collection of all of his works in my books. Aristotle understood that this idea of false intervention was irrational, unnatural, and even against the rules of his heaven. From Poetics:
In the characters too, exactly as in the structure of the incidents, [the poet] ought always to seek what is either necessary or probable, so that it is either necessary or probable that a person of such-and-such a sort say or do things of the same sort, and it is either necessary or probable that this [incident] happen after that one. It is obvious that the solutions of plots too should come about as a result of the plot itself, and not from a contrivance, as in the Medea and in the passage about sailing home in the Iliad. A contrivance must be used for matters outside the drama — either previous events which are beyond human knowledge, or later ones that need to be foretold or announced. For we grant that the gods can see everything. There should be nothing improbable in the incidents; otherwise, it should be outside the tragedy, e.g., that in Sophocles' Oedipus.
Wiki has a great article on the god in the machine, which is found here and where I got this quotation today.
Triumphalists naively believe that God, like the god on the lever in Greek drama, will intervene to stop persecutions.
However, there is one problem with this type of fantastical thinking. God may and has promised to cut short the time of persecution for our sake, but He has told us this will come. Divine Providence allows persecution for the purification of the Church and each one of us.
Saints develop under persecution. People become converted, seeing the nobility and bravery of those who stand up for Christ, for Rome, for truth.
I remember taking a survey in a class in 2003. I asked my Catholic students who would be willing to die for the Faith. Out of about fifteen teens, only three raised their hands. Then, we discussed this.
Many could not see that compromise would cause the death of their immortal souls. Denial of the Faith is called apostasy. Yes, God does forgive if the person repents, and so does the Church, which is the great result of the condemnation of the Donatists, but one may not presume one can or will repent. Many great families joined with Henry VIII in his personal triumph over the Pope, the Catholics in England, the clergy. In fact, most families left the Church--most.
Triumphalists cannot believe that the person sitting next to them in the pew on Sunday could very well be the person who will persecute them, or may be doing so even now, by cooperating with evil.
A few reposts and...to be continued....