~ YOU CAN’T BE too careful.
All around us, in our carefully fenced in politically correct culture and media, are ticking time-bombs of goodness, beauty, truth, and ordinary humanity. Books, art, thought, faith, architecture– terribly risky stuff. Ought to be banned. After all, at any time one might go off, and all of a sudden someone’s safe little SJW world is blown to smithereens.
The modern Left/ progressive movement is a religious cult without a God, except The One Message. Only this– things & people and reality are not as the crazy Left describes or wants them to be, and reality can and will break in from any direction, except in the most extreme and die-hard cases.
I mean, there you are, smugly minding your own politically correct business, and then something like this sneaks up on you….
… and there’s the crepuscular God-beams, and all the unearthly glowing golds and reds and endless shades of rich orange and dusky blue and royal purple, and suddenly you zone out and find yourself awe-struck and silent in wonder, pondering idly about life, God, or heaven, or beauty, or What It All Means; or, worse, you have one of those mysterious heart-piercing timeless for a thousand years moments, which leaves you flooded with a kind of wrenching homesickness and teary joy, and all your angry politics and petty little orthodoxies seem “weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable” (Hamlet: Act 1, Scene 2) …. and there’s another mind and soul awakened.
Call The GooglyTwitBook Police!
Recently on YouTube, the discussion section on this excellent Milo video (also featuring “Based Mom” Christina Hoff Sommers) broke out into verboten thinking & free speech about how disappointing Progressivism is in reality, and how cruelly it treats people. Several folks there described such political awakenings out of kinderSJWland safe-spaces to reality.. then actual more open discussion (not yet restricted by Google) broke out!
It’s a reminder that just openly chatting, telling the truth as we know it, and that laughing at and speaking back to supremacists with logic, facts and humour can make a huge difference, since the change of one heart & mind may be the beginning of changing the entire world. The rads & progs may own most of the megaphones, but we have an endlessly appealing reality and freedom we’re trying to win & keep for ourselves and everybody.
Binks Brings Teh Blathers
Being a tireless babble-box, I had to weigh in. I too am a former Canadian soft-lefty relativist with past criminal and anarchic leanings (see below for copies of some of the comments). Here’s what I said to ‘Townsend’, a German guy who is sick of the Left, in full.
I’m happy for 3rd Wave Feminizzum! It has brought me, a left leaning liberal, together with conservatives, who I now consider my brother(s). Certainly not economically but in very many points regarding our culture.
+Townsend — Welcome aboard! You will a find only a very tiny minority of Conservatives/ libertarians/ SoCons to be nuts– and that mostly frustrated anger. Most of us are happy, funny, facty, friendly, smart, ordinary people just trying to get along in a chaotic world. If we’re awake at all, we find ourselves roused off the couch by screaming SJW loonies who are after our kids, schools, mass-media, universities, books, government policies and video games. Yikes!
These desperate and unhappy progressive people believe that not only is Utopia good and possible, but that it is within human power to make it so, the sooner the better. Thus, it’s fair play to bulldoze and dehumanize and scream at the opposition (such as Stupid Milo and Evil Christina) as evil and subhuman. It’s power, not reason, because They’ve Already Got It All Figured Out. Airhorns and no-platforming ensues. This is me (my YT channel is just a parking place): http://www.therebel.media/binks_webelf and over here: https://steynian.wordpress.com
+Binks Webelf: Hey Webelf, thanks for the welcome. I’m not afraid of conservatives as in some respect I have always considered myself tending towards conservative positions (family and more general values). It is only that now I speak it out loudly because I want to make my voice be heard against all the hysterical screams from the left. Economically, like I said before, I will still maintain a more left-leaning position, as I do believe in the power of politics over economy (not in the socialist sense though!) But I am German and you’re Canadian (?) so there will not be much to fight about, I guess. But where we both agree if I understand you correctly (I quickly scanned through the links), is that we need to stop this SJW nonsense, mostly because it is a thread to freedom of speech, which we share as much in Europe as you do in North America. Cheers!
Then me again:
Precisely, and yes, you won’t find such a lock-step outside the SJW world.. we’ve got an *actual* diversity of ideas, economic thoughts, moral positions, and backgrounds. That’s the world outside the toxic hive of the hard Left, which has reduced all of Western civilization to a series of slogans, screams, sloppy thinking, and seriously lazy & narrow minds.
If all history and literature and philosophy and politics boils down to “Patriarchy!”, it’s not unlike the scary things which happened in Italy and Germany and the United States in the 1930s. A song with one note only.
Me, I’m a Canadian– default lefty, but fair-minded. Then Islam and the War On Terror and Campus SJW, and the war on free speech, and the attacks on Christians got rolling in the last 15 years.. WTF? My political awakening started there, alongside my existing philosophical and cultural and religious principles.
I’ve found the allegedly evil hateful patriarchal mean-spirited untermensch of the non-Left to be mostly just… decent and interesting people. Such folks seem interested in ideas, care about real people, have manners and courtesy and a great sense of humour, and a capacity to discuss, argue, and agree to disagree. We have even warts, flaws, and make mistakes, and don’t know the answer to all the things!!
Milo? Interesting & funny. Hoff Sommers? Interesting & funny. Paglia? Interesting & funny. Shapiro? Interesting & funny. Steyn? Levant? Southern, and other Canadian non-progressives? Interesting & funny.
And now, the ginormous entirety of Western Civilization is yours to explore and ponder and enjoy– Greco-Roman Judaeo-Christian, the ancient, middle and modern. The whole schnitzel.
It’s no longer verboten, dead white male, sexist, or not affirming of this or that nutty political principle. Cicero, Sophocles, Moses, Jesus, Aquinas, Dante, all the great books and pyramids and castles and cathedrals and history and philosophy, and the full real story (good and bad)– minus the politically correct blinders & filters.
One book I found a good intro: Anthony Esolen– http://www.amazon.com/Politically-Incorrect-Western-Civilization-Guides/dp/1596980591/ref=sr_1_4
And billions of blogs and forums, and good people actually thinking and talking and joking together about serious things, regular things, fun things.
Wish to chat more: binks.webelf-at-gmail.com
And that’s how ordinary people actually chat without speech-police, no-platforming, Twitter Spies, FaceBook bans, screaming crazy people in red paint or with airhorns, and other lockstep supremacists minding all your thoughts, words, and deeds.
It’s a very dangerous world out there– let’s live dangerously!
And plus, furthermore….