Every Slope is Slippery

Take a moment to consider the world in which we live. It is a world where marriage is reduced from a sacred covenant to a temporary and arbitrary legal contract. It is a world where serial killers like Kermit Gosnell and Douglas Karpen can kill – for the most part legally – just about anywhere. It is a world where the evils of pedophilia and polygamy become more accepted by the day.

Why do we live in such a world? Slippery slopes, that’s why.


Most of us know the logical fallacy of the slippery slope – equating a position with what may possibly result from it, in order to artificially make it look bad. But it is a fallacy only because it jumps from cause to effect without proof. In truth, the world is all about such slippery slopes. It’s nothing more than cause and effect.

Every moral act is a shaping of who a person is, and we become what we repeatedly do. The slope is always slippery. Each decision carries us toward freedom or slavery, and it is just the same with a society as for an individual. We’ve all witnessed this. Here in Canada, we’ve gone from allowing gay ‘marriages’, to arresting pastors for preaching Christianity almost overnight (a fulfillment of predictions that were once falsely labeled as slippery slope fallacies).

When we made the decision as a society that we were above reality and could define marriage as if we invented it, we probably never would have imagined the consequences. We grudgingly allowed divorce, for only a few strict reasons, and in a few generations, marriage is largely a joke in our society.

Actions have consequences. The actions of a society have consequences for the entire society, and we carry the baggage today of a long list of evil choices.

So what do we do to halt this societal self-destruction? The answer is certainly not in being conservative. Canada is a prime example of the ineffectiveness of conservatives who are just last week’s liberals, sitting tight on the status quo, no matter how evil. As Chesteron put it, “the business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of the Conservatives is to prevent the mistakes from being corrected.”

What we really need is a sharp reversal; a radical transformation of our priorities.

C.S. Lewis said, “we all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.”

There is no question of remaining static in real life. There is only the question of which direction to go.

The world wants to pretend the only directions to go are liberal and conservative, but these are both false ideals, and they both lead to the same place – moral bankruptcy and the enslavement of the human spirit to lesser ideals.

In the end, there is no getting around the fact that our hearts will be restless until they rest in God. No matter how complex our justifications, evil will fail to satisfy. Our society needs love, and that can only come from the heart of God, through His people. That is the only salvation, both for us, and for our world.

Whenever we act out of love, we’ll see the slippery slope in action again, but this time in the right direction.


Please pray for our sick society.


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Posted on May 16, 2013, in Catholic and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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