How did we come to be in this place? William Wildblood brings us Descent into Madness.
Without a spiritual background to life, it becomes merely a sorry succession of moments of seeking pleasure which eventually palls and then all that matters is avoiding pain. Our science is no longer the search for truth and understanding about the universe but a kind of technocratic support system crippled by ideology. Our art is the product of sterile minds digging into the body of the past and thinking they are making something new from the corpse.
The author of the piece linked above is from the Levantine tradition, and sees all other traditions as worthless. This is a time-honored stance of the Levant. Other people’s religion is mythology. My mythology is religion. That doesn’t alter the basic truth of what he is saying. If you truly believe there is no meaning in life, or in the universe, then what should you do with your life? Why should you get out of bed in the morning, work for anything that extends beyond your life? Why should you build anything? The Faustian Bargain is your soul for money and power; is that all you are working for?
What is the result of this nihilistic stance? When things don’t go well, there is no firm place to stand. Lockdown Evil
By now we’ve all gotten the message: you’re selfish if you’d like to do the kinds of things that once gave your life meaning.
For these people, life is about nothing but the avoidance of death.
Life is about more than “avoiding death,” or it should be. But with nothing to stand on, life becomes just a long fear of dying. “If you don’t have dreams, you have nightmares.” And the nightmare of a meaningless existence eventually starts to produce the following result.
Well, a terrifying statistic came out last week showing the grim – if entirely predictable – effects all this inhuman regimentation has been having on the young, particularly those between 18 and 24.
Here are some figures from the federal government’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. They are percentages of people who have considered suicide within the previous 12 months, organized by age. [SNIP]
Now, from the Centers for Disease Control, we find that percentage (for the 18-24 group) has leaped to 25.5 percent — and this survey asks not about the previous 12 months, but whether they’ve considered suicide just in the past 30 days:
The second graph is disturbing. 25.5% of 18 to 24-year-olds and 16% of 25 to 44-year-olds have “Seriously considered suicide in the past 30 days.”
And I would bet that the numbers skew to the low end of that second age range. It is too bad they don’t break it out a bit more, as in 25 to 30, etc.
We’ve taken away everything they love, deprived them of the opportunity to socialize and to experience those irreplaceable moments of youth, and demanded they accept this dystopia as the “new normal.”
And we have also taken away all of the things that traditionally supported people. A search for a higher purpose in life is for the superstitious. No one has ever been through what we are going through. (Since I don’t know it happened, it never happened.) Do families even offer the same support structure that was there traditionally?
So where do we go from here? I don’t expect that people will realize that they’ve been lied to, or even who did the lying. If you want to live in the world of Star Trek: The Next Generation, you need to be socialist and atheist, even if that really doesn’t work.
But it is more than that. Every part of the culture is under attack. Religion is obvious. Education has been systematically decimated by the Left for generations. History is boring, and has nothing to teach us. And so we have people who think communism is a good thing, and don’t know about the 10s and 100s of millions it killed.
Art has been systematically under attack for a couple of generations. I wish I could tell you where I saw this comparison, but I can’t. The comparison of classical and modern art.
Below are photos of 2 famous sculptures. One is Pietà by Michelangelo. It is in St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. It depicts the body of Jesus on his mother’s lap after he was taken down from the cross. The other is an abstract monstrosity, that doesn’t depict much of anything. Click either image for a larger view and more info.
Civilizations come and civilizations go. And they rarely go quietly.