I listened to an interesting theological / philosophical discussion today regarding pre-modernism, modernism, and post-modernism this morning. Post-modern thinking explains much of the downright irrational insanity rampant in society today. I can’t find myself signing on to the post-modern paradigm even though most of the rest of the world already has. This must be where the media gets the insanity that there are seventy-nine different genders, and that some men get periods. (I might argue the PMS theory, but if I did, I would have to posit that men have PMS all month long. Men are actually more emotional and less adaptive to change than women, at least in my experience, although I really don’t want to get into that debate.)
There is such a thing as absolute truth. As my illustrious offspring (who is even more of a rational, practical type than I) will tell you, nobody gets away with breaking the law of gravity, and if you think you’re the exception, you’re going to have a bad time.
I do understand the value of asking questions and of questioning authority- especially today. I have a lot of doubts regarding the “voices of authority,” especially in the media and in science, and I think my trepidation is warranted. Being the cynic that I normally am, it’s logical for me to question things that fail to make sense. It probably doesn’t help that I am very much a literal thinker. I tend to see things in black and white. I know the gray areas are there, but I’m not much for living in them.
When I see hoof prints on a farm, I’m going to act on the supposition that the resident equines are horses rather than zebras.
This being said, I am not against change simply because it’s something new to learn. I am against change that is enacted simply for the novelty of it, or change to avoid offending “special snowflake” sensitivities.
I say again, there is absolute truth. Three does not equal five no matter what kind of argument is put forth. Absolutes don’t change no matter how badly we wish they would. There are boundaries that cannot be crossed, and laws (like the law of gravity) that cannot be broken. There are near infinite kinds of idolatry conceived in mankind’s denial of truth and rebellion against it. In the wake of the Fall it seems all we can do is set up substitute systems that are destined to fail because they are built on lies and human hubris.
Of the three philosophic worldviews (pre-modernism, modernism and post-modernism) I would have to categorize myself as subscribing to modernity (the post-modern deconstruction of truth and complete dearth of certainty is an utterly distasteful concept to me) for most of my life. I wanted to believe in the god of Science. I wanted to latch on to the Brave New World. For seven years of my life I tried to say to myself, There Is No God. By the grace of God, He smacked me down and made me realize that it’s not my world, it’s His. I am not the creator, I am not the captain of my soul, and I am not in control. Here are more corollaries of absolute truth, courtesy of the pre-modern world- or more accurately, courtesy of the Creator, who does not have to honor man-made constructs.
The pendulum of popular opinion will reach its shift point eventually. As was demonstrated in the farce that was the Obama administration (no matter how rosy a picture the media tried to paint) the reality was the Emperor wasn’t wearing any clothes. There was no substance to that regime and no purpose to it except maybe as a warning against eliminating standards and ignoring national borders. The post-modern theory that there is no reality and there are no absolutes is just as nonsensical and illogical as a grown man thinking he is adorned in finery when he’s naked as a jay bird.
I wonder what’s going to happen when boys who think they’re girls (and vice versa) realize that the reality of biology is an absolute.
I wonder if the Western world will realize (in time) that toxic ideologies do exist, and that Islam is not a “religion of peace,” but in reality it is a form of fascism more extreme than Nazism hiding behind a false religion.
I wonder if future generations might discover the reality of Absolute Truth and forgo the social experiments.