The Modern Campus cannot comprehend Evil.

Camille Paglia explains with vivid honesty and truthfulness the “progressive” view of crime.  Her article is hosted by Time.com and available here.

“Young women today do not understand the fragility of civilization and the constant nearness of savage nature.”

 

Wildly overblown claims about an epidemic of sexual assaults on American campuses are obscuring the true danger to young women, too often distracted by cellphones or iPods in public places: the ancient sex crime of abduction and murder. Despite hysterical propaganda about our “rape culture,” the majority of campus incidents being carelessly described as sexual assault are not felonious rape (involving force or drugs) but oafish hookup melodramas, arising from mixed signals and imprudence on both sides.

Colleges should stick to academics and stop their infantilizing supervision of students’ dating lives, an authoritarian intrusion that borders on violation of civil liberties. Real crimes should be reported to the police, not to haphazard and ill-trained campus grievance committees.

Too many young middleclass women, raised far from the urban streets, seem to expect adult life to be an extension of their comfortable, overprotected homes. But the world remains a wilderness. The price of women’s modern freedoms is personal responsibility for vigilance and self-defense.

Current educational codes, tracking liberal-Left, are perpetuating illusions about sex and gender. The basic Leftist premise, descending from Marxism, is that all problems in human life stem from an unjust society and that corrections and fine-tunings of that social mechanism will eventually bring utopia. Progressives have unquestioned faith in the perfectibility of mankind.

The horrors and atrocities of history have been edited out of primary and secondary education except where they can be blamed on racism, sexism, and imperialism — toxins embedded in oppressive outside structures that must be smashed and remade. But the real problem resides in human nature, which religion as well as great art sees as eternally torn by a war between the forces of darkness and light.

Liberalism lacks a profound sense of evil — but so does conservatism these days, when evil is facilely projected onto a foreign host of rising political forces united only in their rejection of Western values. Nothing is more simplistic than the now rote use by politicians and pundits of the cartoonish label “bad guys” for jihadists, as if American foreign policy is a slapdash script for a cowboy movie.

The gender ideology dominating academe denies that sex differences are rooted in biology and sees them instead as malleable fictions that can be revised at will. The assumption is that complaints and protests, enforced by sympathetic campus bureaucrats and government regulators, can and will fundamentally alter all men.

But extreme sex crimes like rape-murder emanate from a primitive level that even practical psychology no longer has a language for. Psychopathology, as in Richard von Krafft-Ebing’s grisly Psychopathia Sexualis (1886), was a central field in early psychoanalysis. But today’s therapy has morphed into happy talk, attitude adjustments, and pharmaceutical shortcuts.

There is a ritualistic symbolism at work in sex crime that most women do not grasp and therefore cannot arm themselves against. It is well-established that the visual faculties play a bigger role in male sexuality, which accounts for the greater male interest in pornography. The sexual stalker, who is often an alienated loser consumed with his own failures, is motivated by an atavistic hunting reflex. He is called a predator precisely because he turns his victims into prey.

Sex crime springs from fantasy, hallucination, delusion, and obsession. A random young woman becomes the scapegoat for a regressive rage against female sexual power: “You made me do this.” Academic clichés about the “commodification” of women under capitalism make little sense here: It is women’s superior biological status as magical life-creator that is profaned and annihilated by the barbarism of sex crime.

Misled by the naive optimism and “You go, girl!” boosterism of their upbringing, young women do not see the animal eyes glowing at them in the dark. They assume that bared flesh and sexy clothes are just a fashion statement containing no messages that might be misread and twisted by a psychotic. They do not understand the fragility of civilization and the constant nearness of savage nature.

                    Paglia is the author of Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art From Egypt to Star Wars.

Our world is a dangerous place.  One more law, one more regulation, one more camera, will not make you safe.  There will always be animals amongst us waiting for an opportunity to seize and destroy another’s life and wellbeing.

If, or when, you come face to face with Evil, only one thing will stop the horror.  Force.  No talk, no reason, no begging nor pleading will cause Evil to stop.  You must make yourself and your situation, COST the predator more than he is willing to pay in order to complete his plan.  Only force and fight and screams will do that.

5 thoughts on “The Modern Campus cannot comprehend Evil.

  1. Texas,

    While I understand the point that you and Paglia are trying to make here, I think many are missing the point: ‘Liberalism/Progressivism’ DOES understand evil. The problem is that they have — as usual — changed the definition of what evil is. To them, the ‘conservative,’ white, middle-class, Judeo/Christian male is the epitome of evil. All other forms of ‘evil’ can be defined in relation to this stereotype that they have created. You need only look at the things they attack to confirm this truth (Capitalism, the traditional family unit, the traditional strong male, etc).

    So, all we really have in our universities is a shinning example of the type of person Isaiah was warning against in Isaiah 5:20-21

    Isaiah 5:20-21 American Standard Bible (NASB)

    20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
    Who [a]substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;
    Who [b]substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
    21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes
    And clever in their own sight!

    Incidentally: as a matter of history, this ‘spirit’ typically originates in a nation’s system of higher education, where it becomes malignant and then starts to spread into the other areas of society. Not coincidentally, we can trace the origin in this nation to the Frankfurt School, established by the metastasized version of this same cancer that had matured in Europe and then spread to America. This is the source of what we call political correctness (the shield to their sword). It is also the source of feminism, which — spiritually speaking — is the elevation of the glory of man over the Glory of God. Understood in this spiritual light and all we have here is another manifestation of the fall in the garden of Eden. SSDD. We never learn.

    • I was surprised to see Paglia write:

      “Current educational codes, tracking liberal-Left, are perpetuating illusions about sex and gender. The basic Leftist premise, descending from Marxism, is that all problems in human life stem from an unjust society and that corrections and fine-tunings of that social mechanism will eventually bring utopia. Progressives have unquestioned faith in the perfectibility of mankind.”

      “The horrors and atrocities of history have been edited out of primary and secondary education except where they can be blamed on racism, sexism, and imperialism — toxins embedded in oppressive outside structures that must be smashed and remade.”

      • Paglia is more of the ilk of Tammy Bruce ( when considering “lifestyle Choices” ) meaning she is a much more honest intellect that most Leftist “lifestyle Choice” voices. Rush has favorably quoted her frequently because of her good common sense and intellectual honesty in fact.

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