Tim Leary, Aldous Huxley and Ernest Hemingway are all dead, but that’s not all they share in common. They all have the dubious distinction of using their imaginations to lead or at the least influence an entire generation whose progeny are with us today living out their vision.
Leary, who espoused the journey into psychedelic drugs for young and old alike, left the world for his final trip having never seen any other vision except the one granted to him by Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. (LSD)
Hemingway committed suicide, a fatal decision that many of his followers have taken to repeating until this day.
Huxley’s brave new world is now well under way in the liberal vision of America’s youth, deluded democrats and drug puffing proselytes who probably have long forgotten who gave them permission to waste their lives in the first place.
Being one of those black book people, I can still say, as my life approaches the so called golden years that the world never did need so many heroes, but it still needs a Savior.
Be they heroes or saviors to the world, those who gave ideologies, fiction, fantasy and drug induced phantasms to the world have received notoriety at a cost too high for their sycophantic followers, often the price for following their ideology or their example was and still is – death.
We still herald and laud the music, the novels and the lifestyles of the dead as if they left in their wake, an irresistible trail of sparkling fairy dust to hook into our imaginations, and pull us along to our particular fate in the brave new world.
Among their progeny are; Elvis Presley, Kurt Cobain, Judy Garland, Whitney Houston, Janis Joplin, Michael Jackson and John Belushi, but the list does not end there.
The list includes entire groups, schools of thought and collectively charged followers of their provenance and inspiration.
Today’s pot smoking kids, rap culture mimics and the new evolutionary everything from nothing thinkers are all part of the family. Lest we slight the new purveyors of perversion, the list must also contain the new ‘we were born this way’ crowd of homosexuals and deviates of all colors and kinds.
Spirituality and pluralism’s offspring are not to be denied entrance into the family, but are key components to the brave new world. Also obviously lacking a real redeemer they offer a mere religion. The more ancient – the more believable
Now, we have Hindus who let you take your pick of virtually millions of gods. Muslims who have a prophet who emerged from a cave with a new vision that has morphed in the largest terror network in the brave new world. Other religions have rules, liturgies, traditions, ceremonies and systems of behaviors, all guaranteed to put adherents on the right path to redemption.
The family has swelled and seems to be bursting out all over with the emergence of worldwide media influence. Now, every celebrity from Hollywood to viral You-Tube heroes has gathered their own following. Fickle fame, finite and fleeting, has empowered the celebrities with unbridled influence over the easily led minds of the groupies and adoring fans. It’s their right and nobody questions that, which is also the problem in a nutshell.
The inexplicable behaviors of some of the family in the brave new world such as those who shoot up schools and go on killing rampages leave everyone wringing their hands and scratching their heads. The connection between the generally empty course we have set ourselves on and our behaviors are never made. The answer to these emergent horrors is grief counselors, psychiatric expostulation, and more money for education, free condoms and gun control, HHS mandates and Obamacare.
Fabulous failures fan the fires of futility to this moment in time, but still only a few will stop and consider that the pathway was always before them. The road to the only real Savior of mankind is the Savior himself.
Looking for the complicated answer? Not only do I not have one, but I can promise in full confidence, it doesn’t work anyway.
The path to the Savior – and the Savior you will find there, is still the Lord Jesus Christ. He does not ask you to die or go into a drug stupor to find him; he is only a prayer away.
“…I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14: 6
The best advice I can give anyone who will listen as I approach the end of my days is to switch families. Get out of the crumbling brave new world into the world that will never end. Here’s how.
“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name” (Jn 1: 12)
Come on over – there is still room at the cross for you.