I’m reading Peter Kreeft’s book Back to Virtue and found this paragraph particularly interesting:
Why have we reduced him [Jesus] to ‘meek and gentle Jesus’? Because we have reduced all the virtues to one, being kind; and we measure Jesus by our standards instead of measuring our standards by him.
But why have we reduced all the virtues to being kind? Because we have reduced all the goods to one, the one that kindness ministers to: pleasure, comfort, contentment. We have reduced ourselves to pleasure-seeking animals.
But why have we reduced ourselves to pleasure-seeking animals? Because we are implicit materialists. Our ethics are always rooted in our metaphysics, and modern ethics is rooted in modern metaphysics, the modern world view, which is the superstition that all that is objectively real is nature, which in turn we have reduced to matter.” (32)