The following is a brief response to
newly elected to the papal throne.
Ratzinger squashes individuality; Roberts questions his rash stamp-out.
|Papal Conclave, photo credit: reuters|
It is true; the church is not immune to the laws of human nature, but according to the church, strict individualism that is separated from objective truth, that attempts to construct its own truth denies human nature. Roberts champions individuality, the freedom to express one's point of view, to be an individual; Ratzinger sees individuality as a threat, liable to "dissent," tantamount, for him, to infidelity.
Is individualism to be respected? - or seen as a suspicious slight to Christianity? Has modern individuality silenced human communication with the gods?
We are individuals, unique beings created in the image and likeness of God. God gave us a mind and a heart so we should use it to stumble upon goodness and truth. I disagree with Cokie and Steven's use of the word "condemn"; It is not true that this pontiff condemns individuality, but he and his predecessor worry that unbridled individuality separated from truth will cause more damage than good in this world. I can see unbridled individuality divorced from reason as a poison, like an inexperienced student who thinks they know more than the teacher, but really they know nothing, or the kid who spouts out ideology his parents taught him rather than speak for himself.
But, I disagree with Ratzinger more; It is not true that individuality serves only "ego and desires". The Church needs to realize that individuality is not going away, and maybe honor individuality a little more (just like the Copernican Revolution never went away) and the rest of the world needs to realize that objective truth and goodness should never be separated from individual conscience.