The Age Of The Stupid Philosopher

There was a time when Western people had a solid outlook on life. They knew why they were born, how they were supposed to live, and what possible outcomes their death would have. They were inserted in a social context that made perfect sense, and understood their place in it. They had instruments allowing them to cope with war, disease, and bereavement. This was, of course, the product of the Christian culture pervading the West.

This is now largely gone. A majority of people at least in the UK, and very many elsewhere, have lost the Chrstian outlook on life. The results are sad and hilarious at the same time.

People who think themselves otherwise intelligent – another phenomenon of the times: never hve so many dumb people felt so intelligent – fill their Facebook pages with the most astonishingly banal, cheesy statements (you know the sort: “today is the first day of the rest of your life”, “dreams your dreams and make them come true”, “today you can change the world” and all that sort of sugary nothingness for low intellects), hoping it will make them look good among their IQ peers.

Yes, they are trying to look smart or sensitive, bless their heart. But in the end, what they are looking for is a system of values, a solid spiritual guidance that would give them the kind of security about who they are, why they were born, and the general meaning of life, that their grandparents actually had; though the modern wannabe Facebook philosophers probably do not even realise it.

The answer is, very obviously, Christ and His Church. However, the wannabe Facebook philosophers are both too arrogant and too dumb to understand it. Too arrogant, because any potential attempt at approaching Chistianity fails with the immediate recognition that Christianity goes head-on against their own, extremely comfortable, man made system of values – a system they keep defending notwithstanding its obvious failure to guide them through life, and to which they are extremely attached because it’s their own, and does not require much of them – ; and too dumb, because they really think that they can improve on Christianity.

And there you have it, XXI Century’s UK. Full of people who think nothing of getting drunk, smoking marijuana, fornicating, or getting tattooed; so distant from any concept of innocence that not even sodomy disgusts them; so childisly unable to control their impulses that many of them resemble a ballfish in their Twenties; but so persuaded of their great depth and astonishingly good heart that they struggle to understand why they feel so miserable.

The medicine is there, just in front of their eyes. But it’s clearly not going to be.

It’s going to be another dumb slogan on Facebook before getting – today being Friday – drunk again.


Posted on June 8, 2018, in Traditional Catholicism. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I was having after-dinner cocktails with my pagan in-laws on their sumptuous deck in a fabulously wealthy Southern California community last summer. One brother-in-law, an attorney, comments “well, at least we all share the same family values”. I say, “I’m not sure we do”. This pricks up their ears. I say, “I believe you all endorse same sex marriage”. (They do). I went on to express my dismay that young children are taken from their mothers and are allowed into homes where two men are regularly sodomizing each other and I think that is abominable. The men squirmed. A sister-in-law (an educator) chimes in, “I know a lot of gay couples and they are lovely people!”

    I wish I had the wherewithal at the time to propose a scenario in which their own children were deprived of their motherly or fatherly influences —and why would they legislate such depravity for other children.

    So many clue-less champagne liberals out there.

  2. Hopefully some philosophers still try to speak the truth. You might like my recent speech at the Rome Life Forum a few weeks ago, especially the last part of it:

    “We do need to stand strong and firm; and for this purpose we feeble men and commoners from the pew like me need leaders, we need shepherds. Not the kind of effeminate romantic shepherd gently relaxing on the sunny slopes of an Edenic landscape; rather, we need a David ready to deal with wolves and lions with his slingshot—and also very capable of turning that very weapon against the giant Goliath.” Etc.

    I had your kind of prose in mind while I wrote this and what follows in my paper. Keep writing and fighting! I’m just another “warrior ant,” as you’d say, and your vigorous words are heartening. Please pray for me.

  3. Countries hosting the olympics generally showcase their culture and immemorial customs during the opening ceremony. But what was the UK to showcase (back in 2012)? Piracy? Opium? Slave trading? Church robbing? Hooliganism? Elton John? They exported protestantism to the world, that’s their real legacy, and much of the world is their offspring.

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