Protestant Cultural Legacies

Some of the legacies the West has abandoned as it has turned its back on God:

Stupidity and Genius

The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.

– Unknown

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Just What I Choose It To Mean

“When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’

’The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.’

’The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be master — that’s all.”

Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass


No Locks

Prager added, “If the world lived by the Ten Commandments, you wouldn’t need locks on your doors. There would be no police force. The recipe for a good world is in the Bible. … The Ten Commandments is the central piece of the central part of the Bible. That’s the reason I began with Exodus.”

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I can attest to this. I grew up during a time my country was considered to be a Christian country. Most people where I lived went to church on Sundays. People rarely locked the doors to their houses when they were home. They could even leave their cars unlocked with their keys in the ignition and neither their cars nor their belongings would be stolen. The thought of stealing someone’s car or possessions didn’t even enter most people’s minds. How far we have fallen in one generation!

A Culture-Death is a Clear Possibility

“When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk; a culture-death is a clear possibility.”

— Professor Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death: Discourse in the Age of Show Business


That Breaks Something Inside People

A recent comment left on a news article:

There’s an interesting essay by Frank Ellis about the nature and purspose of Left’s totalitarian control of language: “The Macpherson Report: “Anti-Racist” Hysteria and the Sovietization of the United Kingdom”


Ellis quotes a survivor of Soviet totalitarianism, Jules Margoline, on the catastrophic nature of Marxist speech control: “It’s the need to tell an endless series of lies to save your life, to lie every day, to wear a mask for years and never say what you really think. In Soviet Russia, citizens have to do the same thing. Dissembling and lies become the only means of defense. Public meetings, business meetings, encounters on the street, conversations, even posters on the wall all get wrapped up in an official language that doesn’t contain a single word of truth. People in the West can’t possibly understand what it is really like to lose the right to say what you think for years on end, and the way you have to repress the tiniest “illegal” thought you might have and stay silent as the tomb. That sort of pressure breaks something inside people.”

This is what’s developing in the West. We have to resist it.

Roger Scruton: An apology for thinking

I recently gave an interview to the New Statesman, on the assumption that, as the magazine’s former wine critic I would be treated with respect, and that the journalist, George Eaton, was sincere in wanting to talk to me about my intellectual life. Not for the first time I am forced to acknowledge what a mistake it is to address young leftists as though they were responsible human beings. Here is my brief response to an unscrupulous collection of out of context remarks, some of them merely words designed to accuse me of thought-crimes, and to persuade the government that I am not fit to be chairman of the commission recently entrusted to me.

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