And despair is a sin. It is a sin even atheists should be able to understand, if you understand sin as betraying essential parts of what you believe in, what you aim to do.
Jerry Pournelle reminded me of this many times, when my depressive bend took hold of me.
I’m sick and tired of people wanting to abandon ship and/or act like loons because they think all is lost. I have no idea who’s selling you that bill of goods (or rather, I have a good idea of where it’s coming from, but not why you’re buying it.)
Despair is easy. It absolves you of responsibility. It means what you do today doesn’t matter. And it might lead you to do something profoundly evil. Not just bad, evil. So evil that you taint the rest of us by association. Or can be painted as doing so.
Let me put it this way: while we might not be able to get rid of taxes, I hate taxes as they exist right now, and I think Lois Lerner’s IRS is a corrupt institution deserving being disbanded. I do not think, however, it is legitimate to bomb buildings that also contain day cares. And I think — know — that this did more discredit to the cause of reducing taxes than just about anything. FOR DECADES. There is also good reason to believe the person who committed that act was linked to agents provocateurs. [Oh, and judging from the flaming *sshole on my facebook page: pretending I mean it’s okay to bomb buildings without daycares in it is cute. It’s like you don’t understand allusion or the depth of the English language. It is in fact as though your mind is doing what it can to stop thinking, because thinking might puncture your Marxist illusions.]
I keep hearing that our Republican party is now to the left of the Dems in the sixties, and I want to line up the people who say it and hit them on the head with actual history of the time till they quit it. This despite the fact I like some of them. It is one of those instances of rewriting history in your own head to save the left the trouble.
Until Reagan, wage and price controls were acceptable for REPUBLICANS. So was gun control. Gun control was pretty much accepted throughout much of the land. This has changed. Also, I will repeat that most Republicans in politics at least through the seventies were more Mitt Romney than Ted Cruz.
And I’m tired of “We have too many immigrants. We’ve lost the demographic battle.” Anyone believing that people who can tan are natural constituencies of the Marxists: stop embarrassing us, and join the Democratic party. They LIKE racists over there.
Sure, most newly immigrated groups go left. Partly because it’s natural in their homelands. But they change. And heck, these days a lot of countries are changing, too.
Yes, there is work to be done, mostly in encouraging if not REQUIRING (which I’d prefer) acculturation and integration. But my guess? that is a self-solving problem. Because people are losing patience with the multi-culti hose beasts.
Sure, because of ILLEGAL immigration (and yeah, something is going to happen on that front soon. people are losing patience) and allowing them to vote, the dems seem like they own that demographic. They don’t. And the times they are achanging.
There are gains in other fronts. Universities are panicking because people are on to their game. And the pronouns thing has already become a punch line.
An witness please, what happens when institutions like trad pub go woke. Yep, they go broke. Or if you prefer, they roll left and die.
No. We didn’t turn a page and everything is suddenly wonderful. DUH. DO YOU THINK I DON’T KNOW THAT?
But I remember the seventies. Apparently most people don’t. And the sixties. For that matter, I’ve read enough of the times before. The only people who think those were “conservative” in the American sense have rosy memories of childhood, or are toking hard. Or, of course, both. Conformity, collectivism, and the presumption that central government is the means and agent of prosperity is NOT on the right in the US.
The twentieth century — all of it — was to the left of where we are now.
We are winning the culture war. It’s just slow. Throwing it all away because you’re impatient doesn’t make you a hero. It makes you a child, who will have his lollipop or start destroying things.
That is not the way you win a culture war. It is however an effective way to lose it.
I’ll only add that I’m probably angrier than you are, that fighting my berserker instinct makes me physically ill. And that there’s a special place in hell for those who force a BERSERKER to talk them down.
Now on what I said: you are not alone.
I don’t talk of religious matters here, because as far as I’m concerned they are intensely private to me. Also because they convince no one.
HOWEVER, when I read this Richard Fernandez article, now a few years old, it resonated with me and without explaining I’ll just say it’s correct.
Have faith. In America, in Americans, or in something higher. But have faith. For the times, they are achanging. And you are not alone.
Yet what should have been unstoppable wasn’t. The big mystery continues to be why an all-conquering meme suddenly found itself thrown back by ideas of almost equal force with no obvious origin. An opinion article in the NYT by Paul Krugman acknowledges the existence and power but not the provenance of this sudden counterforce. Worse, Krugman warns the left might actually lose to this mysterious power.
Be not afraid.