Recently an acquaintance asked me what the hell is going on? This isn’t the America we grew up in! Are we living in the twilight zone?
If only it were the twilight zone! If only I could come up with an answer that could explain the craziness. Then I came upon an article by Nelson Hutltberg, “Moral Disorder” that more elegantly explained the craziness than I could ever muster.
Yes Virginia, pervasive moral disorder does dominates our lives today. It is a deadly thing that has seeped into our culture like nerve gas quietly permeating the brains of combatants in war. Things fall apart; the center cannot hold; mere anarchy is loosed upon the world; the blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere the ceremony of innocence is drowned.
Over this past century our men of the mind have scampered like little children into a pseudo realm of intellectuality, a sinister realm that they would know is false if only they would trust the gifts of reason and intuition bestowed upon them, if only they would seek their true purpose rather than so eagerly capitulate to the baser elements within them.
You have to admit that sounds a lot more eloquent than saying: yes Virginia, the world has gone bat ass crazy and we’re screwed!
It is a fact that evil lurks in the background constantly looking for a means to insert itself into society. Unfortunately, in collapsing times this evil is gleefully embraced by the ghouls and Machiavellians who live for the moment and care not one iota for society as a whole.
And, it is these malevolent types who are destroying us today. They control the citadels of power in all arenas – political, corporate, financial, education, artistic, etc. and will eventually bring us to ruin if not challenged. But unfortunately, they can only be challenged by those who believe in the concept of moral truth and there are few of us left.
For 100 years now, our destroyers have preached “moral relativism.” They have told us that certainty in life does not exist, that it is a myth held by deluded and backward people. But this is a fallacy of gigantic proportions that undercuts all that is good and true throughout history. Certainty and its corollary of “moral truth” are indeed possible for humans. We understood this at one time in our past. If we are to regain its grasp, we must restore the intellectual pillar that built our civilization – the synthesis of reason, experience, and intuition.
Truth comes not from reason as the philosophers tell us. It comes not from experience as the historians and scientists tell us. And it comes not from intuition as the religionists tell us. It comes from the synthesis of all three.
This is the gift that our greatest thinkers possess – the ability to synthesize reason, experience, and intuition without even knowing they are doing it. They just do it naturally, and it is what creates the immense profundity of their thought. It is their thought that is the source of man’s certainty. They are the means with which God has endowed us to know the “philosophical good” so that we can lead free, happy, productive, and honorable lives. Moses and Aristotle were the first of our skylight thinkers.
So when the pseudo-intellectuals try to tell you that certainty doesn’t exist for man, tell them, “Not so.” Life is filled with certainties. We can be certain that a society of Jeffersonian liberty is superior to a society of social welfarism; that those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it’s follies; that fabricating the facts of reality is wrong; that two plus two can never be five as the Orwellians want us to believe; that murder, theft, and rape are heinous crimes for all eras and cultures; that corn flakes are a better breakfast than heroin; that objective law is superior to anarchy; that reason trumps sophistry; that faith, hope, and charity are better values to teach than cynicism and greed; and that love is the great, galvanizing spark that has instilled truth, goodness, and beauty into human existence. Tell them that life is filled with certainties.
The most paramount of certainties we must recover is moral certainty for without it, freedom is lost. Moral certainly gives us strength to govern ourselves for without such strength, dictators will sneak in unawares that will bamboozle our children into not only doubting the majesty of our Founder’s visions but into believing they will be our savior. It is, after all, the nature of wolves to prey on the defenseless.
The tyranny, degradation, and chaos that has overwhelmed so many people throughout the world during the past 100 years is attributable to the fact that we have moved steadily away from Aristotle’s famous Doctrine of the Mean, i.e., the Golden Mean, that has distorted our freedom, our ideals, our moral beliefs. If we are to save ourselves, we as a people must restore such a mean to our way of life again.
Our free civilization was built upon the moral certainty that there exists in the scheme of life a great ideal of “right action,” a Natural Law of proportion and sanity that permeates existence, “an order in the universe which [we] can discover and according to which the human will must act so that it can attune itself to the universal harmony….We do not make this law, but are made to live within it.” [George P. Grant, Philosophy In A Mass Age, p. 41.]
The Aristotelian Mean is one of the manifestations of this Natural Law that permeates the universe. For us as individuals and as a society to go against this law is to incur tragedy and bring down upon our lives ruinous consequences. This is the great dilemma of modern times. We must once again come to grips with Francis Bacon’s observation that “Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.” There are eternal truths to which we must learn to conform.