Point 13 - The end of historical consciousness
A result of global capitalism is a growing loss of the sense of history. Globalist only care about here now and a bigger tomorrow. This loss of history leads to even further breakups of society. It is a systematic attempt to deconstruct, destroy and eliminate history by demanding that human freedom must re-create everything starting from zero. These claims are making headway in today’s culture allowing for nations to abandon traditional ways of life. The one thing left in the wake of this destruction of history is the drive to limitless consumption and expressions of empty individualism according to Pope Francis. The economic, social, political, and cultural conditions that are needed for a just exercise of freedom are too often disregarded, violated or twisted to make wrongs right without consequences. Such situations of blindness and injustice injure the moral life and involve the strong as well as the weak in the temptation to sin against charity. A sin against charity is when one has a hatred of God. Examples of this are those who say they hate God because he allows people to suffer or those who resent the spiritual teachings of Jesus against being worldly.
Another sin against charity is a hatred of one's neighbor. Examples of such hatred can be related to neighbors fighting over dogs barking through the night, cats using the lawn as their personal toilet and discovering that the garden has been dug out. Other examples are accusing a neighbor of being the gossiping type or disliking the person's race, culture or ethnicity. Pope Francis explains that by deviating from the moral law people violate their own freedom, becoming imprisoned within themselves, disrupting neighborly fellowship, and rebelling against divine truth.
The Pope goes on to explain that his concern about this led him to offer the young some advice with the following quote; “If someone tells young people to ignore their history, to reject the experiences of their elders, to look down on the past and to look forward to a future that they themselves hold out, does not it then become easy to draw these youth along so that they only do and only believe what the cult of personality tells them?" The Pope then clarifies with; "This cult needs the young to be shallow, uprooted and distrustful, so that they can trust only in its empty promises and act according to its plans." The way that new ideologies operate is by destruction of history. With the deconstruction of all differences such ideologies can reign unopposed. To make this work, post modern ideologies need young people who have no use for history, who spurn the spiritual and human riches inherited from past generations. They need youth that are ignorant of everything that came before them. The means to make these dangers clear to our youth is by giving them options to combat such ideologies thru the general practice of virtues. Prudence, justice, fortitude, temperance, faith, hope, and charity requires youth to learn from and respect elders. The specific act of love for God above all else for His own sake and love for one’s neighbor as oneself for the love of God is the virtue of charity. It is this same virtue that when practiced by the youth demands knowledge of history so that they are not doomed to repeat it. The Vatican’s statement on charity reminds believers that all the virtues are inspired by charity, which according to Pope Francis; “binds everything together in perfect harmony”.
(Colossians 3:14, ESV)
Read more at: http://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/encyclicals/documents/papa-francesco_20201003_enciclica-fratelli-tutti.html