The folly of the current sitting “Supreme” Court is beyond measure. And, in my opinion, the entire legal profession that sits behind it. To say nothing of the entire political system that has allowed such nonsense to flourish as “originalism” by appointing people oblivious of certain differences between the realities of 1789 and those of 2022.
And the confession of its newest member of that court that “we are not political hacks.”
We are observing another instance of the failure of modern institutions (including modern religion and education and more) to evolve to face our post-modern realities. Behind the love affair with authoritarianism and with the nostalgia for the past (“make American great again”) and squatting on the year 1789 to interpret the Constitution in the literalist spirit of inerrant biblical literalism, lies a refusal to live in the now. And to absorb the cosmology of our times including the story of evolution and applying it to all our work worlds.
This I tried to do in my book on reinventing work, to set work in the large context of the “Great Work” of the universe with the assistance of the new cosmology. Evolution, not squatting on an 18th century text, is pretty much established as a long-lasing habit of the universe, but those invoking “originalism’—which is the six radical-right members of the Supreme Court (all being Roman Catholic)—are in effect denying that the constitution is subject to evolution. This would not seem to be a sustainable direction to journey on.
I recommend a very fine article that addresses the falsity of Alito’s abortion ruminations by Ria Tabacco Mar, director of the ACLU Women’s Rights project. Here are a few of her insights:
Mississippi, the state that SCOTUS is ruling on to abort Roe v Wade, has a maternal mortality rate that is three times higher for black than for white women. In Washington DC, where SCOTUS sits, black mothers account for 90% of pregnancy related deaths (but account for just 45% of the population). Alito not only cannot get pregnant, but he is also not black. Should he be telling people who are pregnant and black what to do about making choices about their bodies?
Mar also points out that the US spends only $500 per child on early childhood care—less than 2 % of what Norway does. The US has the distinction of having the worst maternal mortality rate among wealthy countries. Killing Roe v Wade will kill more women.
In what universe and what minds and what politics and what common sense is this “pro life”?
See: Perspective | Justice Alito’s rosy view of pregnancy in America is fantasy
Also see Twitter commentary and bibliography on Sir Matthew Hale by English professor @DrLiterature_Lady: https://twitter.com/Literature_Lady/status/1522214828139368450
Also see Matthew Fox, The Reinvention of Work.
And Matthew Fox, “Gifts of Wisdom: Rules for Living in the Universe,” in Fox, Creation Spirituality: Liberating Gifts for the Peoples of the Earth, pp. 43-54.
To read the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
Banner Image: “I Object.” March for Roe v Wade to the U.S. Supreme Court, May 2022. Photo by Gayatri Malhotra on Unsplash
Queries for Contemplation
Do you see “certain differences” between 1789 and 2022? Can you name some? Does that make you smarter than all six of the black-robed judges committed to “Originalism”? What follows? Why do you think some judges are happy being stuck in the year 1789?
The Reinvention of Work: A New Vision of Livelihood For Our Time
Thomas Aquinas said, “To live well is to work well,” and in this bold call for the revitalization of daily work, Fox shares his vision of a world where our personal and professional lives are celebrated in harmony–a world where the self is not sacrificed for a job but is sanctified by authentic “soul work.”
“Fox approaches the level of poetry in describing the reciprocity that must be present between one’s inner and outer work…[A]n important road map to social change.” ~~ National Catholic Reporter
Creation Spirituality: Liberating Gifts for the Peoples of the Earth
Fox’s spirituality weds the healing and liberation found in North American Creation Spirituality and in South American Liberation Theology. Creation Spirituality challenges readers of every religious and political persuasion to unite in a new vision through which we learn to honor the earth and the people who inhabit it as the gift of a good and just Creator.
“A watershed theological work that offers a common ground for religious seekers and activists of all stripes.” — Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice.