The Age Of “Me”: Pictures In The Home.

I remember as a child your typical Italian home. There were in those times pictures of loved ones in entrances and bedrooms, and they were of small, normal dimensions. It is not only that it would have been very expensive to have bigger ones, rather that it would have been considered wrong and excessively self-centred to put oneself so much on the spot.

Things are changing rapidly now. The availability of new technologies and the disappearance of religious feeling and practice leads to people literally staging their own overweight self, for their visitors to admire what wonderful snowflakes they are. I have seen places with life size pictures of the owner and their daughter (yes, I am thinking what you are thinking), and the same faces were on mugs in the kitchen and on cushions in the living room. Digital Photo technology is the nirvana of the “Me”-society.

Not one book in sight, of course. Nowadays, people educate themselves on Instagram.

What is initially surprising is that the owners of such places would think that their narcissism would be exposed by their very own home decoration. This is obviously not the case. My take is that this kind of thinking, (the old putting a human being in its place in the context of things), is foreign to the Atheist Society. For the “Me”- generation, every individual is a luminous pagan god, and it is only normal that others would worship him when their enter the temple where he resides.

The difference with what I was accustomed to see some, say, 50 years ago is staggering. It is not a “regional culture” phenomenon. I would say it is an epochal movement, a tectonic shift away from Christianity and into a society deprived of religious sentiment and going down slowly – or rapidly, depending on your historical perspective – as it celebrates the cult of itself.

Life-size portraits dominate the room. Not a book or crucifix in sight.

This will be more and more the standard of European homes in this rapidly decaying XXI Century.

M

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Posted on March 12, 2018, in Traditional Catholicism. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. And don’t forget those suddenly in the last few decades, very ‘popular’ pagan budha statues in many west-european once Christian homes. I can count at least 30 or more, in my place only, which are visible through the windows of the houses, or are standing in the gardens, when I am walking around. And,… there are also witches on a broom, and all other kind more or less known pagans demonic creatures.
    I am sure that most people are not even aware of such mega huge grade of the paganism of this world in which we NOW live!

  2. I am 56 years old. When I was growing up, praising yourself (also known as tooting your own horn) was considered disgusting. From 4th grade till end of high school, I went to a private Catholic girls school run by Belgian nuns and they made sure that we girls understood exactly where we stood in the universe: as very fortunate people to whom much has been given, and therefore from whom much is demanded in return. We were imbued with a sense of duty to our family and to society. Today everything is upside down.

  3. I love all the family pictures around my house, but they are mostly of my children and grandchildren and if you count. They take their place among the icons and pictures and statues of Jesus, Mary and the saints. And of course, we have enthroned the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts which have a prominent place in our family room. The cable guy who came today obviously noticed all the religious objects. He asked what faith we were and volunteered that he was Pentecostal. Got me thinking about the silent witness we are through all our religious objects. My living room is a little chapel with a kneeler in front of a wall of religious pictures. We love to pray our rosary there. So, Catholics, celebrate family. Happily display those blankets and pillows with pictures of the grandchildren, but be sure to have the family pictures of the body of Christ with our head displayed prominently as well! Who knows the people you may touch with that silent witness.

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