There are some long-overdue discussions on some of the blogs I read. One that I think is essential reading is at the Human Stupidity blog, here, and it’s about how lying is now considered virtuous and moral, at least when it’s for ‘politically correct’ reasons.
“We are shocked about socially accepted lies and repression. But there is no widespread moral outrage about lies, deception. No pity with the victims of political correctness. No sympathy with James Watson, no serious outrage about the raped children in Rotherham, Telford, a Million victims, rape victims in Cologne New Year], Sweden, Finland. “
I suppose for the ‘average’ college-educated European or American, who has probably been steeped in post-modernism, believing the all-encompassing lie that ‘there is no truth, just competing narratives’, there are no moral qualms about accepting patent falsehoods, like the idea that a man can become a woman or vice-versa. Now public officials such as those un-elected people, say, Juncker, sitting in the EU Parliament, saying openly that they have to lie.
Ideally, as the writer says, we would look at this situation, this ‘Empire of Lies’ as I think Ron Paul calls it, and see the necessity to imbue our citizens with the virtues of honesty and integrity, but somehow I don’t see that happening short of a Divine intervention or some kind of mass religious re-awakening — or more accurately an awakening, because real Christianity is all but forgotten; only the vestiges remain, sparsely distributed in society, and on the verge of being suppressed altogether. Why? in part, because it threatens the dominant ”narrative” being heavy-handedly pushed in all our media — movies, TV (including streaming) and in what passes as education.
Not only are the old virtues being forgotten and slighted but the ‘new virtues’ demand denial of reality and obvious fact in favor of flattering certain individuals and groups. Flattering is really a euphemism; I should say “lying’; that’s accurate. Lying is thus seen as morally superior, and worryingly it has the force of law behind it. Lying is increasingly demanded and expected of us, and some people suffer legal penalties for honesty and speaking truth. Solzhenitsyn, the Soviet dissident who suffered imprisonment for holding to his principles, famously said “live not by lies.” But increasingly it’s required of people in certain countries to give our assent to falsehoods and to live by them, cooperate in perpetrating lies.
This is a real problem for Christians, I mean, real Christians, for whom lying is not allowed, and giving approval to lies is forbidden, even for ‘politically correct’ reasons. And the “Temple of Political Correctness” knows this, and wants Christians to bend the knee and accept the lies, as a sign of submission on our part, I think.
The linked article deserves to be read; it’s a subject that I never see addressed on most blogs.