· New Bond movie - same old culture of hate, masked to look good.
With the release this weekend of the new Bond movie I thought it's time to revisit this article from our CUT Newsletter of the Autumn of 2007. For it the main areas of research were two books Romano Guardini's End of The End of the Modern World and David Holbrook, The Masks of Hate. Holbrook's work is of particular interest as it involved a study of the Bond movie Goldfinger. Holbrook shows us in this study just how evil the Bond films are and although I have not seen the new 007 film, indications are it is more of the same. Cynical treatment of human life the usage and objectification of women, even by other women even if they now try and tell you that women give as good as they get in Bond films, it's still full of hatred for humanity, and particularly women.
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Visions of Modernity
How modernist broadcasts created a Culture of Hate
Modernity is all around us it is the modern world. Some elements of modernity have beneficial effects on our lives for example electricity, motorcars, aeroplanes, modern medicine, and mass-communication. But used to excess and without care the modernist, some believe could destroy the natural order and indeed undermine western culture itself. The modernist in this article refers to someone particularly in the media who has been totally and psychologically affected by modernity in all its excesses and champions it. He hates any group or individual who contradicts him and tries to deflect this hatred on them particularly through the push media the television and radio. However, the basic concept of modernity and the modernist, is being challenged or undermined from within by nuclear weapons, terrorism, euthanasia, the holocaust and today’s extermination camps - the abortion mills. The materialistic crudity that becomes ever more prevalent in society objectifies humanity, that if it can’t use you, you are discarded. This objectifying of the human person adds up to a world that’s being changed and controlled a culture that has turned its back on its foundations, and even despises it. Western man is replacing the culture based on love, Christianity, with the culture of hate.
The once stable paradigms of Western culture, the family, morality and religion, are all up in the air and being juggled by the media and the secular liberal intelligentsia, who control the media. The Holy Father is aware of this and of the countless messages that arrive through the mass media and of their dangers. When addressing a gathering of 500,000 young people at Loreto, Italy, on September 2 last, he said, “Go against the current: Don’t listen to the persuasive and self-seeking voices that today promote lifestyles marked by arrogance and violence, by appearances and possessions to the detriment of being.” The Pope instead held out an alternative path marked purity, sharing, study and work for the common good. He said, “Be vigilant! Be critical! Don’t be dragged along by the wave produced by this powerful movement of persuasion.”1
The above advice from the Holy Father is similar to that used by CUT from the beginning of our campaign. We always question the broadcaster’s motives and ask why they have produced programmes that push the boundaries of ethics and truth, have they personal issues at stake? For it has often come to light that those in the media who push ‘alternative’ life-styles or champion a ‘pro-choice’ stance, have a vested interest in the acceptance of these corrosive modernist doctrines. These are often the same people who will produce TV programmes that attack the Church and try to undermine her teachings. Either by producing anti-Church dramas or documentaries that attempt to attribute the world’s problems on Catholic moral teaching, problems that are really brought about by a misuse of modernity. In doing this they create a culture of hate, especially against those who have a traditional moral standpoint based on discipline and the teachings of Christ. They would rather objectify humanity especially human sexuality and use this object as a commodity.
One of the Holy Father’s early mentors, Romano Guardini, who was professor of philosophy and theology at the University of Munich, wrote a remarkable work of social analysis The End of the Modern World in 1956. This work examines the era of “Mass Man” of mass communication, mass marketing and mass materialism that threaten to crush the individual human spirit, objectify him and drive him into anonymity. Of these forces that steadily erode man’s sense of his own uniqueness and replaces it with man as object he writes, ‘Man confronts this attitude in the range of authority exercised over him; he may merely meet it in countless statistics and tables or he may experience its culmination in an unspeakable rape of the individual, of the group, even of the whole nation.’2
‘Only the strong love, it is the weak who Hate’3
One of the icons of the modern western culture, James Bond, with all the glamour of the materialistic world laced with sex, violence, and a shallow callous sense of humour, are typical traits that have become all too common in the media today. Academic and poet David Holbrook in his book The Masks of Hate used Ian Flemings Goldfinger to explain the hatred manifested and projected into society by such works. Holbrook’s analysis of the book and its simplistic messages leads him to state that ‘...its symbolism is manifestly that of primitive schizoid hate’3 He goes on to voice his concern to the point that humanness is at stake by such works of projected hatred, he says ‘...an uncomfortable sense that something even more primitive lurks beneath its coarseness, stupidity, and cruelty.’4 Bond’s contempt for women and for human life is all part of the glamour and excitement of the books and subsequent films. Their premiers are often attended by the highest dignitaries in the land these films are regularly shown on primetime television today, they are considered family entertainment. Yet these films have been surpassed in their simplistic crudity by even more explicit sex and violence of today’s films and television dramas. Our national public service broadcaster has shown itself to be one of the leaders in its decent into this simplistic crudity and hate with programmes such as Rome and Fanny Hill. The television is not a force for love and kindness and betrays its weakness for hate and evil. It makes one wonder what will be the next ‘classic’ that the BBC will adapt for television, the memoirs of the Marquise de Sade perhaps? I wouldn’t put it past them given their track record. However, that Ian Brady the ‘Moors’ child murderer had read de Sade is a warning to all.
Evil be thou my Good
There appears to be a schizoid tendency prevalent in modern secular society and it is easy to see the footprint of the television leading culture down the path to hatred. There has seen a complete reversal in what is acceptable, particularly relating to abortion and family values. Activities once illegal are now even encouraged with the gagging of the individual’s conscience, by browbeating as him bigoted or even possessing a phobia. There has been a complete change in the love-hate relationship, ‘It becomes a case, not only of “evil be thou my good” but also “Good be thou my evil.”6
The broadcaster’s vision of modernity, both materialistic and ethical, results not only in street violence and record numbers of people in prison, but also the AIDS crisis and other manifestations of hatred. The television presents us with a sea of fantasies that threatens to draw us in. Some believe the television exudes mediocrity but by its effects on society it betrays its brilliance. The fiendish brilliance of materialism and the doctrines of the politically correct that threaten to engulf us all.
1. Sartini, Serena, Inside the Vatican. October 2007 p.21
2. Guardini, Romano, The End of the Modern world, 1956. ISI books, Wilmington. 1998, p.61.
3. Holbrook, David, The Masks of Hate, Pergamon Press 1972, p.30, quoting Guntrip.
4-5. Ibid p.75
6. Ibid p.53