Gratitude – a question from Arthur Milikh

by Skip

level-of-gratitudeDo we still embody it, are mindful of having such an attitude, or has Progressivism wiped it off the face and soul of our country? Emphasis mine:

At the end of the Proclamation, Washington implores Americans toward modesty regarding our own powers, reminding citizens that we live in an order that may be mysterious insofar as God possesses superior knowledge of what is “best.” But are all peoples capable of gratitude? In the present time it has become fashionable to espouse if not open atheism, then at least antagonism toward religion. These opinions come forth in various, sometimes obfuscated, forms.

Part of the left’s recent fanaticism originates from the fact that progressivism’s quasi-religion lacks any understanding of gratitude and humility. Progressivism precludes belief in these since progress as an alleged cosmic force is neither merciful nor beneficent, but is merely abstract and all-powerful. As such, it does not encourage its believers toward either humility or gratitude.

Neither does belief in the abstract and inhuman forces of progress require humility on account of human frailty and ignorance. Rather, progress, claiming perfect knowledge of the laws of the universe, leads to fanaticism.

Is the individual, modeled on these assumptions, of the kind required for self-government? Rather, does not self-government require generosity between citizens, which can be the product only of a common recognition of an America inhabited by one people, united in a common cause, with common beliefs, grateful for what has come before us?

What happens to a people when they lose the ability for gratitude? Insolence and impudence rule, while the various factions devour each other, competing for the national stage. Alternatively, one might inquire whether a people is up to the task of ruling itself once gratitude is lost, since then it loses its ideals and the justification for its self-government.

As I’ve said before, I get a lot of the Democrat talking point emails from the different organizations.  I’ll try to post them but one thing is clear – none of them were thankful to God.  Almost all of them were politically oriented and IMHO, subverting the real reason for Thanksgiving (just as consumerism has done to Christmas and most have forgotten the real reason for the season).

(H/T: Daily Signal)

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  • I never heard of Arthur Milikh till now, even though his opinions are apparently meant to be taken very seriously. Here is his capsule biography from the Heritage Foundation website.

    “Arthur Milikh conducts research on America’s founding principles. As associate director of The Heritage Foundation’s B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics, he oversees the center’s research portfolio and gives talks on the tenets of the American political tradition to policymakers, political leaders, and the public. Before joining Heritage in 2014, Milikh worked for the House Armed Services Committee and at the Hudson Institute, a conservative think tank. He has published articles in a variety of outlets. He received a bachelor of arts degree in political science and philosophy from Emory University and a master’s degree in political theory from University of Chicago. He is a doctoral candidate at the Catholic University of America. Milikh currently resides in Washington with his wife.”

    Although he never served in the military, he is doubtless VERY patriotic and has served on the staff of the House Armed Service Committee. You won’t catch this guy kneeling on the sidelines during the national anthem.

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