The Breakdown of our Culture, finishing thoughts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some reactions to the op ed by Wax and Alexander. If you need to refresh yourself with what the op ed said go back to it and skim it over:

“Have you ever heard of colonialism, imperialism or neoliberalism?” Eashan Kumar asked. “Are you aware of what these ‘countries ruled by white Europeans’ have done to entire nations and communities of people, exploiting and ruining their way of life? And you think quality and value of life should be determined by how well people fit into your elitist view of success? You are clearly the totally clueless one who is out of touch and oblivious.”

Another commenter offered: “Somebody should tell this lady that Anglo-Protestant culture is the worst ever as it has led to planet heating, wrecked the planet, and guaranteed the 6th extinction. The worst culture in the history of humanity.”

Commenter Rich Rubin told the writer of the Daily Pennsylvanian piece that he “should be ashamed for promulgating such racist tripe.”

Jara Khrys added: “Yet these ‘superiors’ love to culturally appropriate garments, language, and melanin from the minority. Bitch please… I’ll take my Mexican, escort, tr@nny a$$ any day over that Becky.” (“Becky” is slang that generally refers to white women “familiar with sexual acts].” Not that such a term is racist or anything.

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My response:

Our culture is in trouble. No one is denying this. The controversy is over the question, Why? If all we are doing is throwing darts at each other with the intent of hurting the other there is no critical thinking involved and therefore no answers will be found. Question with Boldness, Thomas Jefferson wrote.

I will tell you up front that I find a lot of affinity with their conclusions because I find them based on universal principles that helped establish our nation. The failure in following them, as they point out, brought chaos into our world. What they say really comes from common sense. Those of you who consider yourself progressive moderns reject our long-held principles (which are also Christian principles) as though those principles, and not your rejection of them, caused the problems we suffer.

The responses above come out of a closed-minded ideology that automatically rejects anything contrary to that ideology. This is seen in the fact that their answers are wrong in themselves and show a lack of historical context and does nothing to address what the authors wrote.

Eashan Kumar, who I suspect by the name is of East Indian descent, certainly has a complaint about British colonialism as they conquered India and suppressed and oppressed the Indian people. As for Europe, the French and Spanish were also colonizers but to a lesser degree, and Portugal even less of a colonizer. Not a defense for any colonization, but this behavior was not exclusive to Europe. It was a practice that many nations throughout the world followed. It cannot be limited to “white men’s” exploitation over non-whites.

Mr. Kumar then shows a total lack of historical context that brought about the United States missing the curious context that England did not colonize the New World as it had other nations. Those settling the Thirteen Colonies did so out of the principles of the Protestant Reformation, not the principles of imperialism. Whether the men and women were Puritans out of the Calvinist tradition or Baptists or Methodists, or even Catholics, their values were not the values of the kings and queens who ruled over them and colonized other nations. What happened in the New World was truly unique and Kumar completely ignores this truth for the political truth he wants to proffer. He misses the real argument with a fake argument that doesn’t address the concerns posted by Wax and Alexander.

Next, while we are given no author’s name for the next argument it is an awfully familiar one being made today: “Somebody should tell this lady that Anglo-Protestant culture is the worst ever as it has led to planet heating, wrecked the planet, and guaranteed the 6th extinction. The worst culture in the history of humanity.” This argument, like the one from Kumar, washes over real history dismissing that history as though it happened differently. All the wrongs in our culture, indeed in all the world, comes out of Christianity, so it goes. Some might concede that it isn’t just Christianity but religion.

History does not support these conclusions. Yes, there have been short periods of time in limited locations (excepting today’s radical Islam’s terror in the world) when religion had bursts of violence. But the greatest violence to man and nature has come from non-religious totalitarian regimes. Any other argument is fallacious and if you were familiar with history you would know that.

The most ridiculous argument comes from Jara Khrys and the, again modern, insanity of cultural misappropriation of culture. This argument, or absolute nonsense, is so stupid there is no sense in arguing it. That it is a response to the discussion on the breakdown of our culture shows, once again, that Khrys undoubtedly never read the argument and didn’t care about its points, it just gave Khrys a platform to make nonsensical points.

Now let’s remind ourselves what Wax and Alexander are saying. Their abstract on what is wrong is this:

  • Too few Americans are qualified for the jobs available.
  • Male working-age labor-force participation is at Depression-era lows.
  • Opioid abuse is widespread.
  • Homicidal violence plagues inner cities.
  • Almost half of all children are born out of wedlock, and even more are raised by single mothers.
  • Many college students lack basic skills, and high school students rank below those from two dozen other countries.

Funny thing is, no one is really arguing against these objective facts or that we as a nation and culture are being hurt by it. It’s the causes and where we go to fix them that we differ on. For Wax and Alexander here is what our culture from its founding expected of us:

  • Get married before you have children and strive to stay married for their sake.
  • Get the education you need for gainful employment, work hard, and avoid idleness.
  • Go the extra mile for your employer or client.
  • Be a patriot, ready to serve the country.
  • Be neighborly, civic-minded, and charitable.
  • Avoid coarse language in public. Be respectful of authority.
  • Eschew substance abuse and crime.

Now here’s the rub; progressivism finds these above principles abhorrent, destructive to collective society because they are about individuals being good thereby creating a society that is good.

Were the principles above being religiously followed? No, of course not, but more followed them than not and our nation grew into a great nation. But the more those principles were being chipped away by progressivism the outcomes we saw in the first list became overwhelming.

Wax and Alexander contend that the culture began to break down in the late 1960s, and I can agree that this is when we began to see the real fissures in our society open up. However, the seeds of those fissures were already planted and growing, but in the late sixties too many were being persuaded the old original culture was bad and were accepting of something new and different. Well, new and different was nothing really new, just an importation from the old systems of Europe. They weren’t working there, and they haven’t worked here.

“And those adults with influence over the culture, for a variety of reasons, abandoned their role as advocates for respectability, civility, and adult values . . . who relished liberation from conventional constraints and turned condemning America and reviewing its crimes into a class marker of virtue and sophistication.”

They have a very intelligent argument. Put your critical thinking cap on and go over their words again. Ask and answer the questions they bring up not something other than. Where you find merit, ask why, and where not, again ask why. Then you have to decide what you are going to do.