Every once in a while I stop… and look around at the America we live in today. I marvel at the arbitrary, abstract, obtuse, petty, self-indulgent, low-expectation culture inculcated in some swirling sense of mindless idealism, sophistry, and utopian fantasy. We have become, as a society, bereft of substance and seriousness, mired in a thicket of slow-witted causes conceived through some caustic resentment Man feels toward a reality intolerant of his ridiculous reveries.
Cause after cause – our attention narrowly and laser-focused on subjects instantly forgotten. Remember Ebola? Remember Obama’s “red line”?
Culture matters – Intellectual and aesthetic, social and personal, historical and traditional, religious and academic culture matters. Virtue, education, and productivity matters. Music and art matters. The strength of our religious communities matters. Our social ethic, morality, and philosophy matters.
Yet, the Ellsworth Toohey’s of the world have marched America through a gauntlet of lowest common denominators, mocking everything traditional, everything good and exceptional and triumphant!
“You didn’t build that”.
They don’t deserve that. What’s so great about that? What’s the difference between a good book and a bad book? Sure, I think that defecating on a flag and Salvador Dali’s “The Burning Giraffe” are equally art. Who are you to say what’s right? Who are you to know what’s true? Who are you to judge? Why should I get to be an American Citizen just because I was born here?
Saeculum obscurum was an age of cultural gloom. Kings, Popes, and the Counts of Tusculum persecuted men of science and reason. Power rested only in the hands of a few. The world was illiterate and dim-witted and horribly impoverished. This is our past and our present threatens to make this our future.
The Enlightenment was a cataclysmic cultural awakening. Liberty and reason, science and art, agriculture and architecture poured forth throughout Western Civilization crafting the framework for the Industrial Revolution toward the greatest prosperity and convenience known in the history of man.
I believe we need our own cataclysmic cultural awakening, a reformation of western civilization, a rebirth of that Judeo-Christian ethic and inspirational spirit! Let us again love reason. Let us again love liberty. Let us again fall in love with greatness and goodness and talent and God. Let us be more than mere consumers for consumptions sake and require beauty and craftsmanship in our lives. Let us love craftsmen again!
By loving the very best Man can be and the very most Man can achieve, we nurture the very best in ourselves. When we accept a country and a culture of Kardashian, IKEA, Obama mediocrity and frivolousness – when we look through the Fata Morgana at those impossible castles in the sky, we cheapen ourselves and reduce ourselves to so much less than what we are capable of becoming!
Goodness is a decision. Greatness is a choice. Quality when demanded is supplied. We can become great again; but first we must reject all those common, low, petty, arbitrary cancers metastasized to our judgment and perception. Value what is good and strong and bold and beautiful. Value what is right and true and just. Don’t just value, but demand – create a demand for these things and they, too, shall be supplied.
Article written by: Steven Brodie Tucker