I’ve been thinking about the things that divide us in this country and I think – once again – I’ve boiled it down to an “overly-simplistic” observation: good and evil simply cannot co-exist.
Now, I am fully aware that this post will cause a great deal of division, so, believe it or not, I have actually exercised a great deal of self-censorship in writing it. If you think this opinion is strongly stated, you can only imagine how much more so it would have been had I written what is truly in my heart. I also understand that there will be many of those whom I am about to discuss who will read these words and place themselves in the wrong category, and it is this very self-deception about which I write.
So, in contemplating what it is that actually divides us as a people, those most elemental reasons we should disagree so vehemently, I have deduced that it is really very simple: far too many Americans no longer recognize that objective reality exists, and that good and evil are a real part of that reality. So, in their blindness, far too many Americans have convinced themselves that evil is good and good is evil.
It is often said that those of us who lament that we are no longer the society we once were are repeating a lament made by every generation. We’re told that our parents said the same thing, and their parents before them, and those who object simply assume that those of us who lament are bleating about nothing. However, if you are over the age of forty, politically and socially awake and honest with yourself, you know that this is not the case because you can look back and see the decay in your own lifetime. Now I ask you, if you can see the same social decay that I see, how would you describe it if not a replacement of good with evil and evil with good?
Another thing I’ve noticed is that there is a concerted attack against the history and traditions of our society by those who seek to replace good with evil. Again, I would ask those of you who are awake to these attacks: what is a culture if not its history and traditions? And to what purpose does a people seek to hold on to its culture if not out of service to society itself? How does a society continue if it rejects its history and neglects its traditions? Those who attack our heritage do so with a self-assured proclamation that we have to “change our history, and change our traditions.” They make this claim out of the foolish notion that a people can purposely direct their cultural evolution in whatever direction they desire. I say this is not only folly, but the very epitome of evil, itself.
Those who attack our history and tradition replace good with evil for the sole purpose of satisfying their own selfish desires. It is narcissism in its purest form. They have no idea what they want or how to get it, but they are so sure of themselves that they would tear down everything that those who came before us have built. They claim the moral high ground while rejecting any moral judgment of themselves or their actions. And because they are convinced they hold the moral high ground, these people leave no room for compromise: it’s their way or nothing and they will destroy anyone and everyone they perceive as an obstacle because “they know” theirs is the greater cause. But in reality, all they do is destroy: they destroy everything for the wanton pursuit of some vague idea they themselves cannot put into words, cannot describe except in formless notions. So I ask you, if the willful destruction of society for the satisfaction of one’s own desire is not evil, what is?
And so it is that I have decided that, when we boil it all down, this is what lies at the heart of our problem: we have become a society or good and evil with no middle ground, and in such a society, neither side can co-exist.