In his last book. “American Babylon” (published in 2009), Richard John Neuhaus observed that we are living in an age ruled by the ruminations of a “barbarian” intelligentsia, a class of hyper-sophisticated secular scholars who pride themselves on their ability to “see through” what they consider to be the pretentious illusions of civilized ages past.
“[For these new barbarians] the past is merely prelude. The wisdom of history is disenfranchised. Only the present gets a vote. Nietzsche has triumphed…What the powerful agree to call truth is what we will to be…”
These PhD.’d intellectuals, weaned at Woodstock and schooled in Darwinian/Marxist dialectic s …(and various other nihilistic mumbo-jumboed obscurities) …, have been writing their idol philosophies for each other and scattering their postmodern, rebel seeds of godless discontent to their adoring student acolytes for decades.
Today, those seeds have long since sprouted. Their roots have spread wide and deep into the cultural soil of the western world. Indeed, the truth-negating fruit of these unrestrained philosophies is showing up everywhere ….with telling consequences and deadly-powerful, poisonous effects.
Long before this era of postmodernist illogic became fashionable, C.S. Lewis prophetically recognized the portentous “writing on the wall”. As he observed in “The Abolition of Man” (1943):
“You can’t go on “seeing through” things forever. The whole point of seeing through something is to see something through it. To “see through” all things is the same as not to see.”
Today the “not seeing” Pied Piper-elites have tempted a generation into a tarpit of deconstructed nonsense….a wasteland that I’m sure would have made even Nietzsche shudder in despair.
While They Mock the Thought of Hell
Friend, when Nietzsche ‘married’ Darwin,
Yes, when Red Tooth married Claw,
The Postmoderns were conceived, sir…
Then transcended Moral Law!
They saw through “social constructions”,
Proudly saw through every one!
Saw through ancient fundamentals,
Until they saw “truth” was done!
What we think and do’s determined
By synapses in the brain.
Now there’s no such thing as “madness",
Since there’s no such thing as “sane”.
We’re just pre-determined robots,
They say, muscle made of meat.
It’s the latest Pilate Program…
What is ‘truth’?....They hit “DELETE”.
“Why not?” / “Sez who?’ is their calling,
Navigating through The Void.
Meanwhile western culture crumbles,
Right and wrong have been destroyed.
When they saw through so-called “First Things”.
They saw Nothing…Bottom Line.
They embraced Pure Nihilism…
(Surely NOT, though, by “Design”!)
They saw through to Nothing Nowhere
Where No Purpose only dwells.
There they laugh in outer darkness
While they mock the thought of Hell*.
* “‘Friend,’ he asked, ‘how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ But the man was speechless.Then the king told the servants, ‘Tie him hand andfoot and throw him outside into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ For many are called, but few are chosen.”
— Matthew 22:12-14