When our time is looked at in history, future historians — if there are any — will be torn between laughing their heads off and disgust.
Recently fell across someone on FB who thought the West had started the crusades against “peaceful” Islam, just out of how evil and imperialistic we were, just because.
This person has a university degree.
When told how wrong she was, she fell back on how the past is unknowable.
You know these are things she was taught, at great expense and effort. Further, her teachers inculcated in her the idea she was so smart and special, the culmination of all intelligence and knowledge in the history of man, which prevents this person and her cohorts from ever examining what they were taught in the light of reason. I mean, they don’t want to come to different conclusions, and thereby become “stupid”.
It’s not official censorship, the “church” of SJW can’t formally excommunicate you, but everyone on twitter knows they do, anyway, and worse, destroy your life, for having just one slightly unapproved thought.
Neither government nor church, they managed to make knowledge and belief into a virtue signal, which keeps their devotees and at this point many who just want to have a job and a life cowed and quiet and unable to read or research the real past.
Thus we have:
-People who attack capitalism with tu quoque fallacies, while never facing the HUNDRED MILLION graves of socialism. Yes, I know “capitalism is just as bad indirectly.” (Even though that can never be proven, it’s what they say, as deflection.) Which is why refugees go only in one direction. Also, socialism is JUST AS BAD INDIRECTLY. But they never think that, or that the world is nowhere a utopia. But capitalism has fed and clothed more people than any other system, ever.
-Attack and destroy the statues of people who made an uneasy peace with slavery, never considering that maybe the future will consider something they cherish — say elective abortion, for instance — just as great an evil, and thereby topple all the “sacred” cows of our time. Ability to look in a mirror? None.
They believe so intensely in the “arrow of history” of Marxist faith, and the idea that they’re so advanced that it never occurs to them it is not for the future to judge the past. You weren’t there. Yes, you can say slavery is an evil. (Arguably one of the greatest evils humanity can do.) BUT you can’t say that whatever people did in the past to cope with it/compound with it, invalidated all the good they did.
Slavery appears as evil to us now, starkly so, because it’s uneeded. We have machines for most of the unpleasant/awful labor. In the past, most people knew it was an evil, but couldn’t let go of it. Oh, and they had their rationalizations, too. Just as we have them for things we know are evil but tolerate or compound with, because how is one single person to stop it?
Being human means you live in the time you live in. And people are not the same across time, nor are their circumstances.
-Make idols of foreigners they don’t understand, or despicable characters — Che Guevara! — whose history they don’t even know.
-Read only the approved tracts, because history is unknowable and knowing the “wrong things” mean you’re “uneducated.”
-Believe there was a perfect, utopia-like matriarchy, which the evil men destroyed (apparently unhappy in paradise, who knew) and men have since then conspired across cultures, languages and possibly time to keep women subjugated. Instead of looking at biology and the reproductive processes of mankind as to why women have by and large not been as influential in public life.
-Ignore the fact that women are probably more influential than men in early childhood education and training. Always were. Will always be. And that this shapes civilizations.
-Only believe in female power when it involves taking male power.
And many, many more outrages you guys can probably conjure up.
It occurs to me that though no cage or bars are visible, they’re as much prisoners as anyone kept in a too small cage and taught to hate freedom. This applies:
When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know, the end result is tyranny and oppression no matter how holy the motives.