“She loved Frank, but what does a woman do when her husband looks every day at a great evil and, for all his politeness, doesn’t seem to give a damn.” New York, the Novel by Edward Rutherfurd
There is a certain confusion in living in the world today. People have become so polite that they would never consider rocking the boat with the truth. Or is that how it has always been? The quote above is from a novel dealing with the development of the city of New York. It concerns a wife whose merchant husband overlooks the slave labor involved in making his money. Evil is convenient to ignore when you are focused on things like making a living…
Has anything really changed? HHS Mandates, Same sex marriage, restrictions on speech, restrictions on parenting, class warfare – all these evils are conveniently overlooked by Catholics who are busy making a living, taking kids to soccer games, watching the latest sitcom. Meanwhile the evil grows, and it seems that no one really seems to ‘give a damn.’
But for those of us who are paying attention, another quote from this book seems pertinent: “Manners covered, but could not put out, the slow fire of their anger.” Perhaps it is time to get angry at indifference, angry at self-interest, angry at ‘politeness.’
Perhaps then people will finally begin to see.
Time will tell. For in every great battle; when you don’t fight back – you lose.