Signs of the Total Secular State
The Total Absence of God
Gradually the loss of human dignity
Is no belief in the sanctity of life.
Filled with ambiguity,
The new secular order rife
With its version of people value
Creates a culture for each individual,
A dignity seemingly better than biblical.
The politics of covenant is gone,
A collective responsibility forsaken
For the common good previously undertaken.
Deep roots has a relationship of covenant,
A willing sacrifice for the sake of others.
Secular citizens begin caring less
About any such political fundament
And more about their private living.
Society dissolves into a series of pressure groups, chilling.
No deep, stable structure
Lives in the secular ever-variable.
The steady religious tenet they puncture
With lies never tenable.
The secular floats on the surfaces,
On tides and waves uncertain,
No meaning and no purposes,
The real life behind their curtain.
Morality also a loss,
Though citizens not necessarily immoral.
Words losing force and original meanings now dross.
Duty, obligation, honor, integrity, loyalty and trust,
In secularism, all a loss.
Relationships no longer consecrated,
Marriage becomes a mistress.
New forms of friendship reconfigure and break
Relationships with no emotional distress.
The idea of marriage as commitment,
A loyalty at the depths of our being,
Easy to discard and unsustainable,
Bring personal resentment.
Fewer people marry,
More divorces ensue,
Parents with no connection to their children,
Bonds across generations subdued.
The possibility of life meaningful,
Not a personal project
As offered by secular culture,
But from the outside bedecked
As a call, a mission, a vocation.
From the outside means a Transcendence,
Perhaps the final religious functioning in your presence
To teach, heal, and fight all forms of injustice.
The total secular order
Has no space for transcendence, vocation, or the life meaningful.
When life floats on the surfaces
It is a purposeless and self-centered fantasia.
Life becomes meaningless and disposable
In the form of abortion and euthanasia.
This is a versed adaptation/interpretation taken from the writings of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’
The Great Partnership: Science, Religion, and the Search for Meaning.
Schocken Books/Random House, New York, 2011, pp. 103-4.