Cultural Wars, continued
I've been thinking more and more about politics. Possibly it's the possibility that the GOP may take this country back, and my concerns about why that may not do any good, that's the cause of my concern. I admit I'm terrified for this country, not out of fear for what it could become, but for what it has already become. The things I had feared would happen, have happened.
Culture is what the people think, do and feel. It's our experience of daily living and how we plan. When a culture becomes explicitly anti-Christian, the culture itself is in trouble. It has a hard enough time when it's Christian.
This culture writes itself into our politics much as sound vibrations are captured into vinyl to make an analog recording. It's very difficult to talk about politics when the underlying cultural issues aren't dealt with. It's like saying we'll push down on the record needle to change the sound of the record. Sure, we can distort it -- but you can't change the music that way. You need to have the correct sounds recording to begin with.
Right now there are some interesting developments going on. The Game/PUA community is more than a bit sociopathic, but has essentially cracked the code on the relationship between the sexes, particularly what men and women want. What the Gamers have learned, tested, realized, and exploited, is exactly the thing God warned us about when he commanded Biblical sexual morality. God wasn't telling us not to have fun -- it was akin to the inventor saying -- it doesn't work that way. I won't go into too many details except to say that Game works beyond belief, and it is knowledge if used will eventually lead most men to loathe women. Instead, it should be an explicit warning about what faces men and women in a society where Biblical sexual morality has broken down and a reversion to evolutionary psychology has come to pass. It boils down to this: Nerds create civilization, but will only do so if they have a woman they respect and love, and who loves and respects them. If not, the whole thing falls apart. BTW, the damage is already done and it happened from the mid-60s until the present.
Another development is described by Charles Murray in his new book "Coming Apart." He'd noticed something that I'd had an inkling of -- namely, that the Democratic base lived far more conservative lives than Republican base. It's like we have the nerds who've never used drugs telling us that it's OK to toke up, and the burnouts who've seen the damage saying, um, no, this shit destroys because it's destroying us. Essentially, we're becoming stratified by class in a way the U.S. has never been. I haven't read the book yet, but I have felt this class difference. He seems to ID the breakdown in sexual morality as well.
So round the barn and back again, here's where we stand: We need to be a nation of God-fearing, neighbor-loving (agape) ladies and gentlemen, who demonstrate good manners and sportsmanship, act according to our word, know what words mean and stick to it, and we'll have a civilization.
But right now we have a Democratic elite, who talk liberal and act conservative, spewing daily poison into our culture while maintaining the benefits of a conservative lifestyle; let's call them what they are: The Democrats are the Party of Death. And we have a rabble of conservative-talking, liberal-living (or reformed) Cargo Cult called Republicans. At least they are the Party of Life, but that's about all they have going for them these days.
Reforming our culture is beyond my means. I do know that our culture of abortion and no-fault divorce has pretty much put a fork in the culture. The Democrats open new cultural fronts each year. They've politicized the weather. They've politicized fundamental assumptions like the definition of marriage -- a conversation that was dangerous and irresponsible to have, and could not be seriously argued except by folks who have lost every ounce of common sense.
Shit happens. Our nation, with its militarization, its frequent wars, its deficits (which boil down to a failure of political will, aka, a measurement of culture, the virtue of the people, if you will), its culture of death, is turning into Carthage.
Catholicism on one hand; Game on the other. Returning to natural law (which has love, grace, and justice as its fundamentals) and adhering to it -- difficult for many of us -- is the only way we can produce a just and lasting society. The answers are all there. But can we accept them even though they are not what we want to hear?
Editor's note: I am guilty, too, so I'm not saying I'm better than anyone.