cover 28 03 233x300 Men, Machines, and MysteryTouchstone subscribers will remember reading this article by senior editor Anthony Esolen from the May/June 2015 issue. I am making it available to our online readers as well. In this piece, Tony writes, “If abortion were made illegal tomorrow, as in justice it ought to be, we would still be a terribly sick people, because we are still a people for whom abortion is conceivable and even desirable. What kind of people are we?”

To help answer the question, he refers to Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Gabriel Marcel’s Reflection and Mystery, Dickens’s Hard Times, and even Jan Vermeer’s painting View of Delft to contrast a human culture with a mechanical one.

No Country for Young Children
What Kind of Society Can Countenance Such Evil? by Anthony Esolen

An excerpt:

. . . To wonder, to admire is already “to be receptive in an active, alert manner.” But “beings incapable of admiration are always at bottom sterile beings, perhaps sterile because exhausted, because the springs of life are dried or choked in them.”

That insight may explain to us why the actual science of human embryology does not matter to the politicians, judges, doctors, patients, and scientists who want to do away with the unwanted child. Their sickness is not ignorance of fact, but numbness to mystery. . . .