During the homily today our pastor quoted the following from the majority opinion of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Lawrence v. Texas:
At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life.
In response to which, Father said: “We have a word for that kind of thinking in my neck of the woods: drivel”. And Father—certainly not Justice Kennedy, who wrote the aforementioned drivel—is exactly right. Kennedy was nonsensical in the worst sort of pandering way. Truth is not up for grabs precisely because truth consists in correspondence with reality. We do not have the right to pretend that reality is whatever we want it to be, because that kind of silliness gets people killed, injured, or committed to the mental ward. The gift of reason is a precious thing, and its abuse (particularly for the sake of pretending that there is no such thing as natural law) is abominable.
And has Kennedy abused reason? Well, let us see. Let us take an example. Does the cannibal who finds meaning in life from lunching on his neighbors have a right to exercise that belief, or to state protection of its exercise? Of course not. So to say that liberty consists in “the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life” is rubbish.
Drivel is what it was that Kennedy spat at the world that day. We don’t choose what is true. We discover it. We come to terms with the way that the world really is, with who we are ourselves. We do not have a carte blanche to make up “truths” as we go along to suit our desires of the moment.