Another “quick takes” on items where there is too little to say to make a complete article, but is still important enough to comment on.
The focus this time: Western Civilization, R.I.P.
First, a little mood music:
The rising culture in the West is a combination of Post-Modernist hate for the West from within, and the rising hate of the West from without… from without until invited in:
“The current massive movement of people from the Middle East, Africa and Asia to Western countries suggests the enduring appeal of this model. After all, people from developing countries aren’t risking their lives to move to North Korea, Russia or China. The West remains a powerful beacon in the “clash of civilizations.”
“Yet a portion of these newcomers ultimately reject our culture and, in some cases, seek to liquidate it. They do this in countries where multiculturalism urges immigrants to register as “victims,” and not indulge in Western culture, as did most previous immigrant waves. After all, why assimilate into a culture that much of the cultural elite believes to be evil?
“Perhaps the biggest disconnect may involve young immigrants and their offspring, particularly students. Rather than be integrated in some ways into society, they are able, and even encouraged, not to learn about ‘Western civilization,’ which is all but gone from campuses, with barely 2 percent retaining this requirement.”
This is cultural suicide:
“A society that no longer believes in its core beliefs cannot prevail against rivals who, although less wealthy and far less technologically advanced, embrace their core ideals. A West that rejects (and sometimes is unaware of) its own heritage cannot overcome those who, for religious or national reasons, have a powerful belief in theirs.”
And just where has this tossing aside of cultural inheritance lead us? The abandonment of Western Civilization.
Cultural relativism has validated all mores and values… except those of our own society.
“When the British encountered the practice of Sati in India, its practitioners defended it as customary. Nevertheless, General Charles Napier was bold enough to reply:
“‘Be it so. This burning of widows is your custom; prepare the funeral pile. But my nation has also a custom. When men burn women alive we hang them, and confiscate all their property. My carpenters shall therefore erect gibbets on which to hang all concerned when the widow is consumed. Let us all act according to national customs.’
“My point is not to defend British imperialism, but to recognize the value of cultural self-esteem grounded in natural law. One need not approve of the British presence in India to recognize that their attitude toward Sati was entirely appropriate. Meanwhile, when our own military encounters pedophilia in Afghanistan, our bureaucrats-in-chief are too pusillanimous to offend the locals by doing anything about it.’
” That the Left would have no misgivings about the situation is unsurprising. Many of them deliberately seek to tear down the West because they imagine it will be replaced by a secular utopia akin to what one sees in Star Trek. What is truly sad is the way that conservatives—those who supposedly seek to conserve what is precious—are taken in by the rhetoric of false compassion just the same.”
And what replaces that?
Just the death of gratitude…
“[G] ratitude is proof of humility and offers perspective. It is an appreciation for others, often now dead, who have helped to make us what we are. Without it, we are narcissists and self-absorbed amnesiacs.
“Unfortunately, our modern ‘me’ generation has forgotten gratitude and replaced it with the art of victimization. Contemporary Americans prefer blaming others — parents, ancestors, their country, the world in general — for their own unhappiness while patting themselves on the back for anything that goes well.”
The perfect example of this: College.
“We rarely hear students thank their parents, their universities or the government for forking over an average of more than $30,000 per year to excuse them from the American rat race. An expensive education has become more a birthright than a gift from others.”
Ignorance and purposeful destruction of the foundation of society will not lead to liberation of what was built thereupon, but nothing less than total destruction.
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