Friday, May 01, 2015

So you think moving to a little town and growing your own tomatoes is the Benedict option?

Oh please! As my grandmother would say, "Lawd, ha'mercy!" I'm certain that the people babbling about "the Benedictine option" have no idea of what they speak.

5 comments:

hank_F_M said...

The one person who definitely did not follow the Benedict option is Saint Benedict of Nursia.

Whatever the side effects of his actions he just wanted to live a life devoted to prayer and the service of God. Which is always a good idea.

Boniface said...

Can you elaborate on what you think the Benedict Option is? I agree that just moving to the country and getting a garden is not it, but why do you see this as deficient?

Dymphna said...

Utopian societies have been tried before. At best they died out gently like the Pennsylvania cloister. Most burned out like Jonestown. What Rod Dreher is pushing sounds like a cult with good food.

Dymphna said...

Utopian societies have been tried before. At best they died out gently like the Pennsylvania cloister. Most burned out like Jonestown. What Rod Dreher is pushing sounds like a cult with good food.

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

"Utopian societies have been tried before."

Sure, Medieval Europe went in for realising parts of the utopian vision of Plato's Republic.

"At best they died out gently like the Pennsylvania cloister."

Except those that were monastic, which last often to today.

Or the Amish, who also have lasted to today.

However, kibbutzniks are losing the taste for utopias.

On the other hand, France twice over abolished slavery on the European continent (first time along with such parts of Francia as are now speaking German, Dutch or Italian).

And Rus'-Ukraine (well, OK, Novgorod was also part of Rus' back then) abolished death penalty along with idolatry for the rest of St Volodymyr's life.

"Most burned out like Jonestown."

Most?

According to what stats?

"What Rod Dreher is pushing sounds like a cult with good food."

Wonder how soon it will be before it's impossible to buy and sell good food and good beer outside that cult?

There is already a problem about cheap, edifying books written by someone who believes there can be honest editors among those who profit from a general licence.

There is also in France a prohibition on commercially selling crops grown from preserved seeds - you know the purple potatoes or black tomatoes that are not the standard comemrcial varieties.