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In Opposition to Cultural Depravity

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”.

191871793_883d50d9cf_bThey 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.

 

About Steven Brodie Tucker

Graduated with a degree in Philosophy from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Also studied economics and political science at George Mason.

5 Responses to “In Opposition to Cultural Depravity”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I concur. The worst problem facing America is the existence of IKEA. Glad you’ve joined this important fight for the future of our country.

  2. LIBERTY!
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    “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” John Adams

  3. Robert Shannon says:

    About 15 years ago I pondered the question…why are some cites , certain areas of the United States much more liberal-progressive than are others ? Was a mad scientist or the C.I.A putting something in the water, feeding citizens of San Francisco something they weren’t feeding folks in Bismark ?

    It didn’t take much thought to conclude the cause, determining the timelines the progressives got their hands on the local public school system . What else would explain it ? What have been the results ?

    The rather dramatic and substantive shift in curriculum, replacing literature, and U.S history with what we have today may help explain how we have arrived at a point in time where the results that Steve clearly identifies are or should be clear to all paying attention.

    Some 50 years ago as a young boy I was taught civics, the nuances in our system of self governance and the responsibility of maintaining it. I was taught the U.S was indeed different from the rest of the world in that we were a nation that took pride in individual achievement, that not everyone won a trophy, that hard work & persistence paid off, competition was a core factor in our success , America was exceptional indeed. A child growing up during that period appreciated that being an American was indeed something unique. Today they are being taught that an American is just another world citizen.

    It isn’t a coincident that the last 40 years coincide with the cultural rot Steve points to as the base reasons for this rather dramatic shift. If you speak to a 50 year old today, they may be able to tell you who the Kardashian girls are married to, but not the name of their local Board of Supervisor that represents their district. Antidotal as that may be, it highlights the ignorance fostered in a society that places emphasis on all the wrong things. Sadly one might reasonably conclude the current generation is already lost

    6 States have implemented varying measures of school choice. Virginia lags, and that needs to be a much higher priority in the G.A than it has been given. Competition cures many ails and will propel long range solutions, assuming of course parents have a much wider array of choices where to send little Johnnie or Susie to school. Schools hungry to compete will dramatically alter the very curriculums that have lead us to this point. Let’s start there.

    Bob Shannon

  4. LIBERTY!
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    “When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.”

    — Thomas Jefferson

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