“[M]an has been accustomed, ever since he was a boy, to having a dozen incompatible philosophies dancing about together inside his head. He doesn’t think of doctrines as primarily “true” or “false,” but as “academic” or “practical,” “outworn” or “contemporary,” “conventional” or “ruthless.” Jargon, not argument, is your best ally in keeping him from the Church. Don’t waste time trying to make him think that materialism is true! Make him think it is strong or stark or courageous—that it is the philosophy of the future. That’s the sort of thing he cares about.”
― C.S. Lewis,
If you haven’t read this book, read it. It is devilishly insightful. (Ha ha.)
I thought I’d follow up on my Your God will be My God post with a post delving a bit more into the why behind the matter.
It’s true that many of the youth of today have no real idea of what it means to believe in something.
But it might be less obvious why that is.
Everyone has their own theory. But the funny thing is, even one person has so many different causes for it that you’ll here the same man blame the government, the school systems, the church, the parents, and the youths themselves, all in the course of one or two conversations on the subject.
So ladies and gents, I am here today to simplify this mess as best as I can. I believe you can narrow every single problem down to three basic causes.
But first let me define what problems I mean a bit more:
I am referring to the moral ambiguity or just plain confusion of the younger generations.
I am referring to the spinelessness of the older generations in general to stand against this tide.
I am referring to the blind adherence to the principals of society that many people exhibit.
I am referring to the unbelievable corruption of the authorities of said society.
There now, I hop that’s enough to intrigue everyone.
First of all, as Lewis points out in the above, youth now (and then when he wrote it) hear scores of different worldviews presented to them. Often the worldviews are blended into each other so that they are barely distinguishable. Every one declares their personal worldview to be true. The youth is often not given any measuring stick to go by, and so remains confused and unable to stick to any one thing.
But what has changed in the past sixty years is that now, many people will not even try to compel the youth to believe in what they themselves believe in. Instead they will say “whatever works for you.”
This philosophy is fed to the youth from every imaginable source, including their parents and all too often the church, so if they meet someone who thinks that’s a load of crap, they think that person is the odd one out, never realizing that in terms of history, they are the oddballs. (Every homeschooler’s experience.)
But that’s where the second problem comes in. The older generations may not even totally believe that philosophy, but they are afraid to go against it because a lot of major power sources in the world are busy promoting this idea. Unfortunately, often the courageous men or women who dare to oppose are shut down by said sources, sometimes they are shut down by their own friends or fellow workers.
This explains why people blindly go along with this stuff. And why the most corrupt individuals are the ones who rise to power in this sick system.
But I can break it down more than that.
This is nothing new. The root cause of all this is the same thing: Sin.
Sin comes in three parts. There’s the sin of the individual, the sin of the world at large, and the sin of the devil. And I mean what he causes specifically.
It might sound nuts to blame the devil, but if you can’t accept that, then think of it as the reason why sin keeps getting worse. Something is constantly causing new ways for people to be corrupt, call it what you will, you can’t deny that things get worse over time.
The sin of the individual in this case is that every human being is selfish, and every human being tends to think more of themselves then they should. IT is all too easy for people to be lazy about what they believe. Pluralism is not popular because it is wise, peaceful, or inducing to happiness; it’s popular because it’s convenient and easy. A get out of jail-free card.
The sin of the world is that as a whole, people tend to act in the worst ways. Peer pressure, mob mentality, you know the drill. Sometimes that’s not the case, but whenever a lot of people get upset, sooner or later some of them will let their emotions get the better of reason.
And that stems back to individual sin.
And then all you need is some misguided or misguiding leader to step up and you get a whole movement going which could be pure idiocy. Often it turns to pure evil. (Holocausts, the reign of terror, the after effects of the Civil War and Civil Rights movement.)
Messed up people create messed up societies which choose messed up leaders, and so the cycle goes till a righteous generation chooses to end it.
But this generation is being robbed of the ability to even figure out what righteousness is.
The thing is, Pluralism is spoken of like its a fact. But it’s a belief. By its own philosophy, it has no more credit than any other morality.
But it keeps its followers blind to its own contradictions. They stay that way because of sin.
But there is hope.
One thing pluralism cannot change is that some people do instinctively know that right and wrong are real. And these people may yet see through the deception.
But it would help if more of us could help them see that the deception exists.
Not wanting our beliefs challenged is an old human flaw, if it even is a flaw. (I think it’s really just a twisted version of a very healthy wish for stability.) But we need them to be.
And by the way, there is a cure for the sin problem. It’s Jesus.
Those are my thoughts on this for now, until next time–Natasha.