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DANGERS OF OUR TIME; by Dr. Peter Egger
Hazards of the human being:
Today's man is more and more a single person. He wants to be an unattached person who consciously does not want to commit and commit himself. This person revolves around his own ego and is the measure of all things to himself. His highest goal is his own self-realisation. Today's man is in the process of losing his own being and values. One's own values and ideologies endanger one's own person. The sexes of man and woman, marriage, the family, fertility. But they also endanger the people, the homeland, art, culture, tradition, history and religion. All that remains is a human being without his or her own being, without stability and without meaning.
Today's man is also increasingly controlled by others and guided by regulations. Human thinking, feeling, speaking and acting is directed and determined from above down to the smallest detail. If people do not behave accordingly, they are ridiculed, threatened and punished.
The second danger of our time concerns morality:
Modern man's morality is not based on principles and values, but on his own person and his own desires. He wants to determine the laws of morality himself and decide about good and evil. Modern man's morality is increasingly determined by desire and not by reason. Instinctive behaviour knows no values, no norms, no commandments, no responsibility and no measure. Lust knows only itself, and is insatiable.
The morality of modern man often knows no lasting bonds. Interpersonal relationships are only valid for a certain time. Liberal morality leads to frequent divorces and the dissolution of families. Liberal morality also does not care for the poor, the sick and the elderly. Liberal morality leads to the decline and dissolution of society. It also leads to the domination of the strong over the weak. The right of the strongest prevails in the private sphere and in the public sphere, in the economy and in politics. The right of the strongest is becoming ever harsher, ever more violent, ever more brutal. Through the supremacy of the strongest, dignity, respect, charity, etc. fall by the wayside.
The morality of modern man finally develops a frighteningly anti-life morality. Contraception prevents the emergence of new life. The examination of children in the womb leads to the elimination of handicapped children. Abortion destroys life, and euthanasia kills life. Man himself becomes the master of life and death. The culture of life is transformed into a culture of death.
The next danger of our time concerns the soul:
Many modern people are coming to the realisation that the consumer and fun society cannot fulfil their soul. They experience that their constant search for pleasure, for intoxication, for sex, for festivities does not give their soul any inner satisfaction. These people lack inner fulfilment and inner harmony. Many modern people also experience that their lives lack a deeper meaning. Material wealth, careers, power, prestige, possessions, etc. cannot give their lives an ultimate meaning. Many people notice this lack of deeper meaning and fall into depression. Some people see suicide as the only way out. Many people also experience an increasing paralysis of the mind. Many people are completely uncritical and repeat the opinions of the mass media. Many people become mentally dulled by the insane rhythm of work and life and can no longer think about deeper things. Many people are unable to see through the development of many machinations and lead the lives of zombies. Many modern people also experience a darkening of their soul. These people occupy themselves with esoteric and occult things and often become prisoners of esoteric and occult powers. Through these occult powers, there is an eerie darkening and eclipse of the soul. Many modern people eventually experience an increasing unredeemedness. More and more people experience their hatred, their jealousy, their addictions and their vices. But they also experience their fears, their inner wounds and their despair. They feel that they are trapped and they want to get out of this inner hell. But they experience that in many cases the psychologists and the psychiatrists cannot help them. The soul reaches deeper than psychology and psychiatry.
The fourth danger of our time concerns society:
In our modern society, the first thing that can be seen is an increasing conformity of people. This Gleichschaltung happens through the same fashion, the same entertainment and through the same vices. The sameisation also takes place through the same structures and through the mass media. Gleichschaltung leads to the end of all social diversity. In our modern society there is also a progressive collectivisation. The individual gets more and more into a general collectivism and loses his personal independence. The collectivisation of society eventually leads to mass society, which puts more and more pressure on the individual. In our modern society, we can also observe a progressive nationalisation.
It is increasingly administered by the state; the state determines education, culture, work, sanitation. Nationalisation first endangers autonomy, and finally endangers the freedom of the individual and of society. In our modern society, we then also experience how man is taken care of by the state in all areas. The state takes over the care of the human being, from the cradle to the grave. It manages the human being, from the nursery to the old people's home. This total care of the human being often leads to an increasing lack of independence and immaturity of the human being. The result is increasing surveillance of the individual. The state knows a lot of data about its citizens. It knows the curriculum vitae, the professional activity, the property status, the bank account, the leisure interests, the illnesses, the political orientation etc.. The state can monitor its citizens more and more on the basis of this data. You can see how we are facing various threats today.
The fifth threat of our time concerns culture:
We are experiencing in our time how even school only provides young people with an education, but often no education at all. Young people acquire a lot of technical knowledge, but they are not educated to become people with heart and conscience and a closer knowledge of religion. In our time, we are also witnessing a clandestine transformation of art. It begins by declaring every crap to be art. In this way, the true sense of art is lost. Man is now unable to distinguish crap from art. Through the destruction of genuine art, man loses the sense of beauty, of harmony, of measure, of the spiritual and of the religious.
We are also experiencing an unleashing of music. Various modern types of music are of an uncanny violence. Hard rock and heavy metal hammer the soul, disinhibit the instinctive forces and crush the spirit. This music closes off access to a spiritual world and prevents the soul from ascending. In our time, we also encounter a soulless architecture. Ugliness takes the place of beauty. Anonymity takes the place of the personal. Originality is replaced by a thousand copies. The banal takes the place of the sublime. This architecture serves to form a soulless, ugly, anonymous, and copied. In many TV channels, films and magazines, too, we encounter a shallow and unpretentious
a shallow and undemanding entertainment culture. In many media we also encounter violence and shamelessness. There are hardly any media left that deal with the deeper questions of being human. Most media seduce us into a flattening of thinking and the decline of culture.
The sixth danger of our time concerns the Christian faith:
Today we experience a faith that endangers the true faith. This modern faith has its origins in worldviews that cannot be reconciled with the true Christian faith. These worldviews challenge the Christian experience of faith and practice of faith. Modern faith often recognises only those truths that it can explain with the help of reason and nature. It does not believe that God is present in the man Jesus Christ. It does not believe in the incarnation of Jesus through the Holy Spirit. He does not believe in miracles. But he also does not believe in demons. He does not believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus. And he does not believe in the divine presence of Jesus through the Eucharist. This faith is only a myth. This faith is only a mythological and symbolic faith. Modern faith often knows no obligation through faith.
Modern man decides for himself what he wants to believe. He decides for himself whether certain moral actions are OK or not. Modern faith knows no binding truths of faith and no obligation through the commandments. This faith is purely subjective and non-binding. He then also believes that the truths of faith and the basic moral values can be determined by a democratic vote and he questions the fact, that the basic values go back to God and Christ, and therefore cannot be determined by man. Modern faith also leads to an uncanny secularisation of faith and is evident in the lack of depth in many Mass celebrations where the divine mystery is no longer the focus. The secularisation shows itself in a lack of worship and praise of God. It manifests itself in a flattened lifestyle.
The seventh danger of our time concerns the Church:
This poses the question to us of how we can relate to the sum of threats to our faith within the Church. What possibilities do we Christians have to stand up to these pressures? We therefore want to try to meet these dangers in order to contribute to the renewal of the Church.
The time of affliction challenges all committed Christians to confess Christ fully, with a clear rejection of the spirit of the age.
Christians gather frequently for their services, study the Bible as sacred scripture, keep the Ten Commandments for moral support, seek shelter with the saints and turn to Mary as their helper.
Many people awaken from their delusion and then seek support in the tried and tested faith. They realise that a life without God is ultimately meaningless and seek the light of truth and clear orientation.
The time after the great loneliness also makes people aware of how unprotected and endangered they have been living until now. They feel how much they lacked a real community with love, support and security.
The cross makes many people aware that suffering is also part of life in redemption and salvation.