We are headed into the abyss as a nation and unless we get our culture back we will lose our nation and, ultimately, ourselves. Let's define culture before we move on. According to Google, culture is defined as being the arts and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively. This would include: literature, religion, social tradition, language, values, etc. Each of these would have different subcategories that branch from them.
When reading the definition of culture and when applying it to, not just the United States, but to all of Western Civilization the cultural decay we are facing becomes palpable. We have abandoned our Christian roots, which was the foundation of our society. Subsequently, we now challenge traditional marriage, our language, our borders, our biological gender, our arts, and even our lives. I want to touch briefly on each of these.
Before we get to the root cause of the problem, I want to discuss the symptoms of our societal rot. Traditional marriage has been destroyed in the West in recent years and definitely needs discussed when analyzing our hastening decline. Now, this may be the most serious of the symptoms (recent developments in our country have challenged my opinion concerning this and that will also be discussed.) I say that it might be one of the most serious because it's not just some concept cooked up by the Christian West in the last millennium, but it's a universally accepted norm. Societies past and present, East and West have always operated on this concept. It is this reproductive friendly unit that keeps our economies running.
It is the means for providing protection for our children. It's the best method for teaching our children how to grow up to be functioning adults. Men and women together are two pieces to the same puzzle. We complement and complete each other. One brimming with testosterone and the other with estrogen. One is more logical and the other is more compassionate. One seeks to protect while the other watches out for danger. One seeks to support the family while the other seeks to govern the household. One leads the family while the other supports.
This is more than some subjective social/religious construct. This is biology. We are created in a way that renders us dependent upon each other. It is with regrettable foolishness we have abandoned this truism. Without a respect for the institution of marriage between a man and a woman we have lost the support beams of our society. It will eventually collapse. And it will collapse necessarily. Without the complementary parts working together our future generations will degrade into chaos. We are starting to see this in our current young generation. Unless this trend is reversed it will only worsen.
We need to teach our children that they matter, but they aren't the only individuals that matter. Our boys need to learn to be men and our girls need to learn to be women. They need to be taught by the people who love them and, hopefully, have a vested interest in their upbringing. This is the job of the mother and father. To gently, but firmly, guide and provide them with the discipline to be well balanced members of society.
Another function served by the traditional family structure is reproduction. If this wasn't made obvious with the preceding paragraphs, then it is made so now. Along with the wanton desertion of family we have witnessed over 50,000,000 infant deaths at the alter of self. Men and women sacrificing the offspring they are meant to protect and provide for, so that they can remain free to do as they will. It is only logical that we have lost our respect for life as a result or, perhaps, it is that we treat life so haphazardly because we lost respect for life. The second option is more likely. In our abandonment of God we lost the foundation for any objective value for life, but that discussion is being saved for the end to this mini-series.
A people that can so callously destroy that amount of life has lost its conscience. It is this kind of culture that gives rise to a moral nihilism witnessed here.
The children that weren't selfishly snuffed out has had to be raised in a world where parental roles are fluid and, therefore, meaningless. Through our example they have been taught to believe that life has no purpose. A generation literally screaming in the streets seeking to establishment its own significance is what we are left with. They lack the ability to tolerate any offense and would destroy our freedom of speech to legitimize their own opinions because society has lost its moral compass. Here is an example of what I am talking about.
No one bothered to teach them the importance of liberty. They were never given an opportunity to build the confidence that children raised by a mother and father are filled with. Instead they are taught that their biological impulse is a false construct forced upon them by an oppressive ideology. These children are then exposed to a society that embraces abortion as a means of ridding itself of inconvenience.
No wonder we see them rioting and protesting at the drop of a hat. They want to have their lives to have more meaning than just the subjective junk they are filled with from birth. They're angry, confused, lost, and depressed.
We have also started to embrace the idea of euthanasia. Old? Sick? Disabled? Depressed? Disappointed with life? Or are you just plain bored? Well, society has provided the means to kill yourself. This goes well beyond condoning suicide. This is encouraging suicide with enthusiasm.
A culture that abandons it's basic support unit and denies the value of its own life has zero chance of survival. It's primed to even be apathetic towards its demise. In fact, in a desperate search for meaning it might even hasten to its inevitable end. Next time we will see how we are committing cultural suicide by inviting our invaders in.
A real quick post script. I want to acknowledge that parental and spousal abuse does occur and I am not oblivious to that. I just don't consider that to be in any way traditional. I refer to where I specifically stated, "gently, but firmly, guide and provide them with the discipline to be well balanced". Cruelty and other forms of abuse are not gentle. They are also not solely found in the traditional family.
I also want to direct you here for more on this topic. This article goes into what I plan on talking about later, along with discussing what I just wrote about.