“Ah don’t care about what happened back in B.C.! Ah care about now!” This is the essence of the secularist attack on civilization. “I’ll taste your strawberries, I’ll drink your sweet wine…for now is my story!” This hippie song of the sixties is properly sung while cavorting around the room. Then there is “Why accept other peoples moral standards? Choose your own!”
The common factor in all these ravings is the rejection of authority and, in essence, rebellion against God, the Sovereign Lord of the Universe and history.
For over half a century I have listened to “newer than tomorrow” wisdom which is not at all new. “Morality may have been all right in grandfather’s day, but not now!” That’s what the bright young men in first century Rome were saying. When I began studying Plato (500 B.C.), I discovered the Sophists spouting word for word what my up to date college professors were saying. ” There is no absolute truth, everything is relative,etc.
This Sophist philosophy was taught to the bright young men of Athens. The result was they sold out their country to their enemies, just as Liberals are doing today. Modernism and Post Modernism which is sweeping universities are simply a rehash of Sophism.
As for choosing your own standards, isn’t this where we came in? God told Adam and Eve not to eat the fruit of the tree. They decided to choose their own standards. Look where it got them and everyone else. Choosing your own standards is very much like making your own currency!
One thinks of Anatole France’s penguin Island, a satirical review of human history. It ends with a revolt against tyranny in the future. A man and woman stand on a rooftop in Paris. Explosions light up the night sky. This is the beginning of the revolt.. He holds her hand. “Tomorrow will be better!” “Yes,” she whispers, “tomorrow will be better!” It’s a prayer, a litany. And Anatole France says: “”Turn back to page one.” One also thinks of Rudyard Kipling’s poem “The Gods of the Copybook Headings,” published in 1919, it catalogs the grandiose but nonworking schemes the suckers keep buying into age after age.
“Now is my story.” Indeed! The person saying this thinks two years ago is history, not a good word to them. Yet the foremost ideas he has were inculcated at the age of four! They are also the product of years of public school training, these days mostly mis-education and brainwashing. The past really does matter and ideas, especially bad ones, do have consequences! Signicantly, so called educators today have liitttle use for the great poetry and Literature of the past. Once this was considered ou great national heritage Shakespeare, Milton, Longfellow and many, many others, all possessing a moral compass.
In John Milton’s Paradise Lost, just after the rebel angels are kicked out of Heaven, “…down to bottomless perdition…”, Satan delivers a wonderful speech “the mind is its own place and of itself can make a Hell of Heaven, a Heaven of Hell.” With all their engineering skill and architectural knowledge, the fallen angels can transform it into a demi-paradise. Strangely, this never happens.
Satan’s desire to create a world of his own, closely parallels the program of hippies, criminals, and Secular Humanists!
In the novel Billy Bathgate, master criminal “Dutch” Schultz is described by a reviewer: “Shultz has the power to create his own world, staying for days in his hotel room. Not bound by conventional moral values, he is an exhilarating person to be around. There is something very engaging and down to earth in his crude, raw energy.” Schultz is attractive because he “feels good about himself.” So do the enthusiasts who want to save the whales while we murder babies. We kill the babies to be free to act irresponsibly and unencumbered in the pursuit of pleasure. We go on a holy crusade to save the whales to show how sensitive, caring and holier than thou we really are.
One secularist poet who exemplifies this spirit”…had many moods and a highly selective imagination which turned everything into the story of herself…” One thinks of John Milton’s Satan: “…better first in Hell than second in Heaven.” The reviewer refers to her tragic “suicide”. It may be tragic that she committed suicide, but more tragic that her beliefs led her to it! Significantly, the suicide and alcoholism rates are very high among atheists!
Perhaps the most significant event of the 20th century was the collapse of the Soviet slave empire. This proved to all thinking people that you cannot build a civilization on a foundation of atheism. Atheism was supposed to liberate us from the shackles of religion. So where is the great art, the poetry, the music, the architecture, the literature, anything??? There was some great writing by dissidents like Solzhenitsyn. The reason I am not an atheist is that I have no sympathy for utter stupidity!
What is evil? Rebellion against God and inordinate self love. God says “…all those that hate me love death.” The last century gave us the mass murder and mass graves to prove it!