“Well, doctor, what have we got — a republic or a monarchy?”
Elizabeth Willing Powel, intimate friend of Martha and George Washington, reputedly asked Benjamin Franklin that question in 1787 as Franklin emerged from the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.
“A republic if you can keep it,” Franklin replied, according to the notes of Dr. James McHenry, a Maryland delegate.
The question now is much bigger. It’s not merely the “republic” that is at stake, but civilization itself. There is always a hefty tug downward into increasing chaos in a fallen world. A healthy civilization provides the order, the strength of resistance, that keeps nations from being dragged into pits of madness.
“Civilization is hideously fragile and there’s not much between us and the horrors underneath, just about a coat of varnish,” said CP Snow.
Will Durant spent a lifetime studying and writing about civilizations. They “begin with religions and stoicism,” then “end with skepticism and unbelief.” Finally, “the undisciplined pursuit of individual pleasure” snuffs out the healthy society.
W.B. Yeats poetically pondered the turmoil of disintegrating societies, and wrote in his famous poem, “The Second Coming,” that
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world…
What is one of the strongest civilizational “centres” when everything spins and spins into increasing pandemonium?
The answer: Motherhood. Mom.
“It is mothers who civilize us,” wrote John A. Perricone, a priest and professor of philosophy, in Crisis Magazine.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Wallace Henley