Watching Lupin III and reading perhaps too much of Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn, a philosopher who would have agreed with Charles V Britannia’s points on inequality, inspired this article. The word inequality strikes many people’s ears like the word injustice, but this is hardly the only way to think about inequality: it is only the unequal application of the law which is truly unjust. We are literally surrounded by various forms of inequality which delight us. Observe the order of nature: each species has its particular order and function–not one species performs the exact same role, under the same circumstances, and in the same way. In the rational order, i.e. among men and angels, we observe even more inequalities with differing faces, bodies, personalities, talents, and backgrounds. Most diverse of all would have to be the angels, each of whom, St. Thomas Aquinas tells us, is not only a different species from his fellows but even of a different genus. (Incidently, this is one of the reasons why God can never save the fallen angels in the same way that He saved humanity–not that demons even have the slightest desire to be saved.) Therefore, the damnation of even a single rational creature, a creature bearing the image and likeness of God, means that a completely singular reflection of God is lost for all eternity.
The Great Chain of Being, an order of exuberant inequality, manifests the glory of God. If we imagine each creature as a note in a cosmic symphony, what a beautiful symphony creation produces, especially heaven. But, how boring would heaven be if the angels within their particular order were all the same and all human beings the same? A symphony of ten notes? People might rightly say then that heaven will bore them! All notions of awe, wonder, and beauty derive from inequalities and differences.
Yet, the notion of inequality between men and women is not at all popular these days. I refer not to an inequality of one sex standing superior to the other, as the Ancient Greeks supposed was the case, but of differing strengths and weaknesses, which makes men and women complimentary. Let me turn to Lupin III‘s prison break episode. Zenigata, the inspector whose sole mission is to arrest Lupin, manages to capture Lupin, and the date of Lupin’s execution is set for next year. Over the course of this year, Fujiko Mine attempts to break Lupin out of jail only to be foiled each time by Jigen, Lupin’s loyal partner. Jigen avers that Lupin can get out of any prison without help. Here, we have the feminine urge to protect and nurture juxtaposed to the masculine desire to draw the excellence from his peers. On the very day of the execution, Jigen breaks down and offers Lupin the assistance Lupin needs to make good his plans. Without the feminine mindset, Lupin would have died; without the masculine, Lupin would have less character.
I am reminded of a story told about St. Colette. If I remember rightly, she was suffering from a life-threatening illness and looked forward death and union with God due to the tribulations she underwent in reforming the Franciscan order. As things turned out, she recovered and told her companions of a dream she had of St. Clare and St. Francis of Assisi before Our Lord’s throne. St. Clare argued that St. Colette be allowed to join them in heaven. On the other hand, St. Francis said that Our Lord had promised to reform the Franciscans and how would that be accomplished if St. Colette gave up the ghost then? In the end, Our Lord decided for St. Francis, but I have no doubt that St. Clare gained for St. Colette all the graces she needed to complete the reformation of the Franciscans. Where should be be without the feminine and where without the masculine?
In modern times, the fight for the equality of the sexes has led to the war of the sexes. And, does not this unnatural war not follow from the drive for perfect equality? If I have two tools which can do the same job with equal proficiency, then one is not needed. You’ve probably come across Third Wave feminist opinions which argue for the reduction of men to a breeding stock or even how science can lead to elimination of the need for men altogether. On the opposite side, I’ve found an interesting little book titled The Way of Men by Jack Donovan, which describes women’s interests as distinct from men’s interests. Essentially, women advocate commercial society, but most men do not thrive in commercial society: it does not cater to developing the strengths of masculinity. The best thing for men would be for a nuclear or zombie apocalypse to send humanity back to the dark ages. Now, though Donovan correctly diagnoses certain problems of masculinity in modern times and offers some good advice on how men may become more masculine, the above concept is only slightly less insane than that espoused by Third Wave feminists–slightly less in that most people would rather dwell in the world of Conan the Barbarian than that of Geneshaft.
Like modern culture, the characters of Lupin III emphasize the pursuit of money. To the sound mind, economic interests serve the familial, communal, artistic, and spiritual spheres of life. However, moderns have reversed the order such that economic concerns hold sway over the others. This disorder of values has hurt the family more than any other part of society. If the goal of life is money and pleasure, what could be more detrimental than having a family? One is reminded of the verse: “…for what is prized by human beings is an abomination in the sight of God” (Luke 16:15). God created inequalities between men and women so that they would seek unity. The drive for equality–especially considering the extremes it has taken–breaks down the order set by God, and the world is less harmonious, interesting, and happy as a result.