Saturday, October 10, 2009

Once you begin to doubt . . .

"Reality is that which doesn't go away when you stop believing in it. There are faint glimmers of this in academia. Even the most cement-headed of academics have begun to notice that, for example, the moral codpiece of 'diversity' doesn't make anyone happy."
-- Scott Locklin, Taki's Magazine


  1. Excellent post. This really hit home:

    "Culture and morality are machines for transmitting basic survival truths across generations. ... In 21st-century America, life is soft enough that our over-educated upper-middle classes are able to do away with moral codes that serve a purpose, and adopt more byzantine ones which demonstrate their freedom from concern. I see this as a form of conspicuous consumption, a status marker for viewing themselves above the lower orders."

    Nicely put. Which is precisely why the pampered sons and daughters of millionaires are the ones most likely to demand everyone else share their fascination with alien cultures and other-worldly value systems that dismiss tradition and extol novelty and weirdness for weirdness' sake. And why we benighted middle-class types still go to church and take the time to know who our great-grandparents were.