Exclusive: Joseph Farah examines ‘madness’ spreading through U.S. cultural institutions
It was 1987 that a book came out that opened my eyes to the truth.
Just seven years earlier, I had voted for Jimmy Carter in his bid for re-election against Ronald Reagan.
I regretted it almost immediately – certainly on Inauguration day Jan. 20, 1981, when I saw Iran release hundreds of American hostages from the U.S. Embassy seized by radicals supported by the revolutionary Islamic government who feared what might befall them with the California cowboy in charge.
The book was called “The Closing of the American Mind,” by professor Allan Bloom. It was a bestseller, and the very first paragraph of the introduction told the story.
“There is one thing a professor can be absolutely certain of: almost every student entering the university believes, or says he believes, that truth is relative. If this belief is put to the test, one can count on the students’ reaction: they will be uncomprehending. That anyone should regard the proposition as not self-evident astonishes them, as though he were calling into question 2+2=4.”
Bloom goes on to show how, regardless of the students’ background – rich or poor, future scientist or future businessman, whatever – “they are unified only in their relativism and in their allegiance to equality.”
Fast-forward almost three decades. Last month, there was an amazingly enlightening article in Atlantic Monthly “The Coddling of the American Mind, which dramatically shows how the poison of relativism – in reality, godlessness – and its fruit (as Bloom noted) of radical equality – has bloomed into a terrifying pathology on today’s campuses.
This month, a new book is released by David Kupelian, WND’s managing editor for the last 16 years and the bestselling author of “The Marketing of Evil” and “How Evil Works.” It’s called “The Snapping of the American Mind: Healing a Nation Broken by a Lawless Government and Godless Culture,” which reveals the predictable result of radical relativism one generation later: Truth is relative, morality is relative, good and evil are relative, sanity is relative – and evil ends up ascendant, because that’s what always happens when man rejects God.
Twenty-eight years separate Bloom’s “The Closing of the American Mind” and Kupelian’s “The Snapping of the American Mind,” but it might as well have been an eternity in the changing moral, spiritual and intellectual worldview of America.
Bloom told us about what post-modernism had wrought.
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It shocked a generation, which had lost track of how their world was changing thanks to deconstructionist brainwashing in universities.
Likewise, Kupelian chronicles, in vivid detail and with acute sobriety and discernment, the effects of decades of deconstructionism that rejects even the notion that history can be explained through a record of objective facts. Even language, the code we use to communicate with, is torn asunder to make it nearly impossible for meaningful communication to take place between those who still believe in objective truth and those who deny there are any absolutes.
The American mind is no longer just closed, explains Kupelian. Increasingly, it has snapped.
Today, a kind of madness rules the academy. And its effects spread pervasively through every other cultural institution like a viral mental illness.
The deconstructionist insanity embraces moral and intellectual chaos that denies even the commonalities in the standard language we use for the most basic form of communication.
Truth? There is no truth. Absolutes? There are no absolutes. Language? It’s just a cultural creation, a social construct that limits our ability to reason.
The result? The elimination of the use of perfectly good and important words.
Does all of this bring about a new openness and freeness in society?
Hardly. What it spawns is a new tyrannical, quasi-religious neo-puritanism and a Stalinist-style, Orwellian authoritarianism. In the name of “diversity” and “tolerance,” it shuts down debate and meaningful dialogue – intentionally and purposely.
It’s evil. And it’s driving America mad.
If you want to understand what’s really going on in our world as its foundations crumble, read David Kupelian’s “The Snapping of the American Mind.”
To state that there is no absolute truth and its corollary that all truth is relative, is a gross logical error. If the same “relative metric” is applied to “There is no absolute truth”, then it too is not absolute and thus we have a contradiction. Hence, by reductio ad impossibilem, there must be absolute truth, including moral ones based on human nature.
When I was in growing up, in grade school and high school, we students were taught that the recently passed “Civil Rights” laws would bring about true justice and would right past wrongs. As a little child, I had never denied someone of another race a job or a position, but I understood that God did create us all and loved us all, so I believed in “Civil Rights” laws. Today, to speak out against any special protection laws (i.e. “Civil Rights”) will get you fired, harassed, sued, thrown in jail, or possibly murdered.
These were a demonic seed that taught that certain classes of individuals were not really accountable to society, to family, to themselves, or to God. Nothing was their fault. They were owed “benefits”, and could engage in immoral sexual behavior or any other behavior without social or moral consequence. Fathers could leave their families and go on to father scores of more children out of wedlock. Women could become Federally paid whores who made more money by spitting out more bastard children.
The bitter fruit of today is that “Civil Rights” is now the banner under which Christians are hunted down and persecuted. If they do not bow down to sin and the idol of “Civil Rights”, they are imprisoned, financially ruined, or physically harmed. We have “Justice or Else” marches in Washington DC that are triumphed by the media and government. We are near the end of our society. Very near.
The criminal mind is to either not know right from wrong or to know and not care. So to openly throw out the standard of right and wrong, to scoff at right and champion the wrong is to campaign for the criminal mind and moral insanity. When the sane keep following the insane, how are the sane more sane than the insane? How can a nation conceived in the liberty of self governance by a virtuous Christian conscience, any longer be self governing if they’re institutions promote the criminal mind? We are fast becoming a nation of moral zombies who elect other moral zombies. Is this why America is not in bible prophecy? Unless we reverse this we will soon no longer be able to function as a civil society? Now the chief moral zombie wants to take our last line of defense against zombies who do what zombies increasingly do, -go off on rampages with guns.
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“Men do not differ much about what things they will call evils; they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusable.” ~G.K. Chesterton
Relativism always leads to disastrous results. I was just in a discussion about worldviews, specifically the Biblical Christian Worldview vs. Relativism, or as some would rather call it: “Shades of Grey”.
“Vulgar relativism is an invisible gas, odorless, deadly, that is now polluting every free society on earth. It is a gas that attacks the central nervous system of moral striving. The most perilous threat to the free society today is, therefore, neither political nor economic. It is the poisonous, corrupting culture of relativism.” ~Michael Novak
Something else to think about:
“The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.” ~G.K. Chesterton
“It is our duty to endeavor always to promote the general good; to do to all as we would be willing to be done by were we in their circumstances; to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly before God. These are some of the laws of nature which every man in the world is bound to observe, and which whoever violates exposes himself to the resentment of mankind, the lashes of his own conscience, and the judgment of Heaven. This plainly shows that the highest state of liberty subjects us to the law of nature and the government of God. The most perfect freedom consists in obeying the dictates of right reason, and submitting to natural law. When a man goes beyond or contrary to the law of nature and reason, he becomes the slave of base passions and vile lusts; he introduces confusion and disorder into society, and brings misery and destruction upon himself. This, therefore, cannot be called a state of freedom, but a state of the vilest slavery and the most dreadful bondage. The servants of sin and corruption are subjected to the worst kind of tyranny in the universe. Hence we conclude that where licentiousness begins, liberty ends.” ~Rev. Samuel West, Election Sermon (May 29, 1776)