From time to time I say Mass in the Sabine Chapel with the webcam on and Skype fired up so that a friend of mine serving our country in various capacities in the Sudan can see and hear and respond to a Mass. He tell me from time to time how the people live there. I also have a friend who is a Bishop in the Sudan. He used to tell me some pretty scary stories.
As I was rustling up some grub tonight, a stir-fry aggregate of red pepper, hot red pepper, shitake mushrooms, beef a little oyster sauce and rice, I had on an episode of The West Wing… sometimes I turn to these episodes to keep my sense of repartee juicy and vital… in which CJ the CoS of the White House tries to negotiate an oil sanction against Sudan in order to make an impact on the ongoing genocide. CJ puts together a juggling act between various countries including China.
Then I started thinking about the Holy Father’s trip to Prague and his reflections on faith and materialism and who they are as a people.
Given the fact that 6 October is the Mid Autumn Moon Harvest Festival Thing I …
"WHOA! Father! But Father!", you are no doubt saying. "You would please get to the point? What are you talking about?"
Yah… right. I am ranting.
Back to The West Wing…
This was the dialogue:
Chinese Ambassador: You know what I think about a lot? Capitalism vanquished Communism. Obliterated it. And here we are having a discussion where you are trying to restrict our markets.
CJ: We are trying to address a humanitarian situation in the Sudan.
Chinese Ambassador: Exactly. But you have always taught us that liberty is the same thing as Capitalism. As if life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness cannot be crushed by greed. Your American dream is financial, not ethical.
CJ: This is a good deal for the Chinese. I hope you’ll consider it carefully.
Chinese Ambassador: Of course.
CJ: Thank you.
Chinese Ambassador: No, thank you. You have taught us well.
I don’t believe that the American Dream is financial, but not ethical.
I don’t think financial and ethical have to be mutually exclusive.
But I do know that our great enemies in life, as individuals and societies, are the world, the flesh and the devil.
I think we have to reassess and correct our course constantly.
Thus endeth the rant.