Love is losing face in the twentieth century. The communist philosophy of world domination feeds on strife and hatred; Anglo-Saxon humanism espouses a cosmos indifferent, even unfriendly, to values and human concerns. Many young people equate or mistake a counterfeit license and lust as love.
To understand love, particularly God’s love for sinners, seems out of keeping in an age when its embodiment is Marilyn Monroe on a calendar, not Jesus on a cross. Deterioration of agape to eros has again snared “love” in the sordid quagmires of paganism.
Contemporary literature often belittles faithfulness in love. By contrast, promiscuity secures explicit as well as implicit approval. To overthrow or disregard traditional mores stamps the modern lover as truly sophisticated and contemporary, as progressive over the “prejudiced illusions” of earlier generations. To pledge oneself to another in an absolute and final commitment of body and soul is considered a waste and folly. “One-woman, one-man saintliness” is unknown in today’s triangular heartbeat. Because modern man and woman are considered incapable of an exclusive unilateral devotion, love becomes a thing “for the moment,” a spark to fan or snuff as momentary impulses or instincts dictate.
In the darkness of thwarted and crushed inherited values, young hearts pound wildly in the fogs of romanticism. Only feeble, if any, explanations of conduct are forthcoming.
The price of this eroticism to our youth is unquestionably staggering. Premature aging of flesh and spirit, loss of vitality rob those too much “in a hurry to live.” Experiences purely physical in character and significance impoverish and bankrupt life with eventual feelings of failure and frustration amid the gloom of daily ...1
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