What and Why
Over time a man, if he is perceptive, comes to certain conclusions. The most startling is that the greatest truths were spoken to him throughout his life by ordinary men, simple preachers, old men sitting around drinking soda and eating peanuts, his father. These men, if beneficiaries of a culture and community that embrace common-sense as a virtue, know truths that philosophers for centuries have tried in various ways to express. Common-sense is something all men should know; common- sense informs us of certain natural laws, common-sense is God’s gift of understanding. (The Philosophy of Commonsense)
I have thus come to certain conclusions, presented herein. First among them is my belief that Western Civilization and the cultures that have historically comprised it face now an existential crisis. Not the head to the bunker, end of the world sort of crisis. No, what I mean is the sort of foundational change and shift that will make the former unrecognizable, and foreign. Extinct.
This is certainly not a new process. It is not unique in the West, cultures have fallen and disappeared before. What is unique is the mass extinction level of the current era. What is unique is the Scipio Africanus efficiency and totality of the coming extinction. Most past cultures have survived sufficiently, at least in their influence, upon the passing of the torch. I am uncertain that such is possible in light of current trends and dispositions.
The Permanent Things of the old order are not just out of fashion, they are anathema to the arising worldview. Their very continued existence is a problem, they will be purged and canceled. They simply must be so purged for these things point to truths and realities that must not be allowed to coexist.
My general hypothesis, that I attempt to explain in my various posts here, is that Western Civilization spelled its own doom soon after the Enlightenment began by favoring bad philosophy and bad philosophers over good ones. Bad philosophy begat bad ideology, it influenced the academy and all academic pursuits. It polluted political philosophy, giving birth to more bad ideology. No field from literature to economics and even science has been immune. Lastly, bad ideology infiltrated and influenced theology, corrupting one of the Permanent Things of Western Civilization, Christianity.
It was this progressively elaborating rise of absurdity that I talk about here.
My subject matter covers Geopolitics, Humanities and Military Affairs. In that context, I write much about the Cultural War and the state of organized Christianity and pay particular interest to the megachurch movement. I contend that movement is an existential threat to the practice of authentic organized Christianity.
I do not suppose to have all the answers, but I have come to know that the answers provided by “experts” and pundits via mainstream news outlets lack depth, perspective and unfortunately very often truth. I offer here an attempt to ask good questions, at least, about the important things. You may read about me here to see why I think I am at least qualified to ask questions. We pay entirely too much attention to the sophist - ‘experts’, journalist and celebrity talkers.
“First principles, Clarice. Simplicity. Read Marcus Aurelius. Of each particular thing, ask what is it in itself? What is its nature? What does he do, this man you seek?”
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