The concept of ethical and moral relevancy appears to have been firmly implanted in contemporary American society due to the continuing efforts of a “new social class” that emerged in Europe during the period 1749-1889, as described in an essay penned by Lawrence Klepp contained in the August 17, 2015 issue of The Weekly Standard. Mr. Klepp defines this previously unformed group as “entirely devoted to coming up with ideas–the thinking class, the theory class, the class consisting of the imperious, all explaining persons who became known, sometime around the middle of the 19th century, as intellectuals.”
From these roots, as described by Frank M. Turner in his book European Intellectual History from Rousseau to Nietzsche, emerged such “less presumptuous”luminaries as Alexis de Tocqueville, John Stuart Mill, Charles Darwin Adam Smith and Mary Wollstonecraft, “moderate reformists” who introduced an “empirical, scientific bent” that paralled Rousseau’s abandonment of conventional manners and morals and his crusade to “make the hatred of one’s own culture the stance of the cultivated person”. The reformists eventually turned against progress or decided that it wasn’t enough and should be replaced by a heedless rush to utopia. But Rousseau remained the original of “the estranged, visionary, badly dressed intellectuals who came after him and concluded that their newly-minted ideal of “rational progress” deformed and diminished humanity rather than improving it.
It is worth reflecting upon that these European “intellectuals” produced no goods, grew no crops, created no industrial inventions, nor otherwise contributed to the common welfare, yet insisted on attempting to form a religion out of such concepts as the inner self, progress, nationalism, culture, or even science. The fruits of their labors instead laid the ground work for such smoldering time bombs as Marxism and militant nationalism as well as the more subtle “progressive” movements that have infested so many Western cultures including our own.
The success of establishing a “new religion” must out of necessity depend upon the abandonment of the tenets of the old. History unfortunately provides far too many instances of religion and politics eagerly merging which resulted in war, privation and misery for the masses while establishing luxury and power for the prevailing ruling class, whether that be monarchies, dictatorships or other variations of oppressive regimes. The denigration and subversion of “ancient and accepted truths” is the mandatory first step in creating the fertile ground to nourish the rise of the new order.
Friedrich Nietzsche, during his descent into eventual madness, exerted tremendous influence upon the European intellectual elites through his challenges directed toward the foundations of Christianity and traditional morality. His preferred philosophy of “life-affirmation,” which involves an honest questioning of all doctrines that drain life’s expansive energies, however socially prevalent those views might be. Unfortunately his philosophic prescription to the enhancement of individual and cultural health, and belief in life, creativity, power, and the realities of the world we live in, rather than those situated in a world beyond also resulted in the “Superman theory” being attributed to his musings and adapted by dictatorial regimes with catastrophic results.
Which brings us to the overturning of the morals and ethics of culture or civilization through persistent, gradual introduction of “facts” invented and designed to weaken the current common societal foundations which can then be replaced through government intervention. “Divide and conquer” becomes the operative tactic and we find no better example of that than what has been implanted here in America.
How otherwise could the murderous, obscene procedure of forcibly removing a being in its formative stages from a mother’s womb (in many cases at or beyond the 20-week gestation period where a premature birth could well result a healthy and growing baby) and then marketing its carefully preserved organs and other parts to the highest bidder and presented as a “service to humanity” and/or a necessary aid to science? Particularly when some of the ranking executives of the ironically named “Planned Parenthood” organization are recorded on tape blithely informing prospective buyers that a deal could be made because, “I would like a Lamborghini”.
An arguable case may be made over other “benefits” that Planned Parenthood provides to unwilling mothers and prospective mothers, but the abortion mill that the organization immensely profits from should be excluded from the mix. China’s trafficking in human parts (harvested in part from political prisoners and other regime targets) has been rightly condemned yet here in our own country such atrocities are not only countenanced but advocated by a major political party and many of its adherents.
The destruction of our moral and ethical unity continues apace. Unless we, “The People”, can reject the new religion of “relativism” that has been insinuated into our culture and return to the moral and ethical underpinning that made our nation one of laws and not of men none of us will escape the depredation and domination that is planned for us.