Bruce Charlton is right, here, when he says we are “living in the most bizarre and insane world — ever.”
It’s not news to most of us; for some years I’ve called our present world upside-down, as all the old verities and simple common-sense wisdom have been thrown out the window in exchange for the previously-unthinkable ideas such as ”transsexualism”, females in combat, ”males” giving birth, and of course the attempted obliteration of ethnic and racial categories.
Have any of you ever heard of ”otherkins“? Did you know there is an “otherkin community”? I didn’t know until very recently. As insane as it sounds, someone claiming to be ‘really’ nonhuman or even an inanimate object, is not much weirder than a man claiming he is really a woman in a man’s body. Or vice-versa.
Then there are the trans-racialists who claim to have been born as the wrong race. But I thought race didn’t exist. I suppose eventually some helpful ‘doctor’ like those who claim to transmute men into women or women to men will come up with a procedure to make people another race or ethnicity — just by changing their external appearance. Just as with ‘sex change’ surgery. It’s all make-believe but most of the world now accepts it or at least tolerates all this pretense and lying.
Bruce Charlton notes that for those of the younger generations, it’s hard to grasp just how insane and bizarre our world has become because they’ve never known any other kind of world. They’ve been taught that the images of a more sane and wholesome past are just lies and propaganda. Look at pictures of mid-20th century ‘happy housewives’; the young have been conditioned to believe that it was all a sinister false front. And as Charlton says, unless one reads old books, or even watches old movies, there is no conception that life was much different and much more coherent and benign in days before this Age of Lies.
It may be near impossible to un-condition the young. Even their parents, who in most cases are old enough to remember a much better and less turbulent world, have been affected by the propaganda and have come to believe that the old, normal world, in which some kind of time-honored standards still existed, was very flawed and needed to be replaced. But how can anyone with a memory believe that the ‘revised and improved’ reality is preferable?
“The casual assumption , possible because of such gross ignorance and disdain for the past and other societies, is that we, here, now have got things right and at last understand what it is to be human (neither a man nor a woman, for starters!) – while everybody at every other time and place were being crudely hoodwinked.”
Most egregious are the Christians who, having adopted political correctness in preference to Biblical ethics, obviously believe that every previous generation of Christians got it wrong; we, in our chaotic age, are the epitome of enlightenment; we are the first and only generation of Christians to rightly understand the Bible. What arrogance! By thinking this way, they are in effect condemning their parents, grandparents, and virtually all past Christians because those Christians were not Zionists, Babelists or universalists. How do these Christians reconcile their disrespect for their forefathers with the commandment to ”honor thy father and thy mother?”
Sadly, many people on the ”right” believe, along with the Left, that the past generations got it wrong and that if we had been alive then, we’d have created a far superior world. These people on both ends of the spectrum would prefer that the past be completely obliterated and its memory banished so that we can start from scratch and re-invent the proverbial wheel. This is foolishness regardless of whether it comes from the Left or the ”right.”
Ethnopatriotism or ethnonationalism should mean keeping faith with all our folk, including the generations who went before us, those to whom we owe our very existence. It should mean keeping faith with the past, and preserving what is and was best about it. The present, and all its associations, have the odor of leftist nihilism, and I always hope that one day “this present darkness” will be gone, and will seem to us like a bad dream.