Culture of Insanity
Ramon Arias | September 26, 2016
I don’t have to convince you, or anybody, that you may have used the expression “I’m not insane [crazy] enough to __________.” We all know by experience that we would not commit certain actions or say something that is insane because it has devastating consequences.
So, what do we call a nation that has chosen a culture where everything is redefined to avoid emotional distress on anyone? I’m sure by now you have heard the latest where in some states teachers must not mispronounce first or last names of people because it is considered a micro-aggression, and that could traumatize students and obstruct their well-being for success in life. Just in case you have forgotten, this is still the United States of America and the national language is English, this means anything that is not from the English language may not be easily pronounced.
What about what is taking place in colleges and university campuses where students can run immediately to safe spaces whenever they feel intellectually and emotionally challenged? Not to mention all of this gender confusion that now demands the use of the gender-neutral singular pronoun, ”they” so no one will be offended. Are we now supposed to address a person by saying ”hey you” or what?
Nowadays, most institutions of higher learning are dominated by leftist ideology. They do everything within their power to discourage or eradicate critical thinking; they don’t want students to expose them by presenting opposite views. Some of the things they find challenging are the free-market vs. Socialist/Communism; the positive side of income inequality; government-run economy vs. private economy, or private sector vs. public sector; the dangers of ever-growing taxation; the risk of overloading debt budget vs. precise solutions to government overspending; and the proven true benefits of lower taxes that produce higher revenue.
The leftist academia has also done an excellent job of destroying the student’s ability to ask the hard questions and learn the difference between the left worldview vs. the right worldview. How big should the government be? What is the real meaning of being an American? What does history teach us about making a better society? How do we get to the truth in spite of all the pain it will inflict? The fact is that critical thinking and common sense could do wonders to open up the mind to the real challenges of life in the present to impact the future in a powerful and positive way.
For decades, and for several generations, the left has monopolized the race issue of black vs. white, not to make things better but worse as we are constantly witnessing. Things are so out of control that even if a black police officer shoots another black person, he is declared a racist. A black man has been elected and reelected to the highest office in the nation, which has made him the most influential figure in the world. Even though he was born of a black father and a white mother he is mostly considered a black person, doesn’t it merit the question: are we really to believe that America is racist? What has happened to the father figure in the black community families? Isn’t this an ethical issue for the well-being of the black community and shouldn’t it be debated with facts, not with emotions? What do you think would happen if blacks and Hispanics and other minorities would research historical facts to find out who the real racists are? Who would be more racist the conservatives or liberal/progressive/socialists? Critical thinking always makes the inquisitive mind want to avert error.
Can we imagine the dominant left allowing the public schools and institutions of higher learning to put on mature debates where critical thinking is challenged to define the origin of evil and good, and the value of the Ten Commandments? How about this one: does science indeed discredit the existence of God or disproves Him? Where did the leftist ideology get the idea that murder is wrong, or that stealing is wrong, or that a false witness should be punished, and other moral concepts should be applied to stabilize society? Why not allow students of all levels to hear and ask questions in a debate about atheism vs. theism? Can you imagine what would happen if they could use their common sense to rationalize the answers?
There are other areas of learning that those on the left control. In education, they do not allow opposing views to challenge them in science, history, political science, life studies and others. Of course, I would be totally naïve to think that all they influence is education when in reality you can see their success. They have implemented the Marxist-Leninist ideology of political correctness; by promoting that mentality, they have been fundamentally transforming this nation for over 100 years, and even more so, at a neck-breaking pace, in the last 60 years. Even though their ideology has proven to be insane, they think that one day they will get it right, so they continue to do the same things over and over again with the same failing results.
If Americans think that through their shift from the belief and dependence on the Triune God to an intellectual world they can make a better future—that, my friend, is pure lunacy and the definition of cultural insanity. The mind is not autonomous; either it submits to God’s revealed ideas or the ideas of insane humans. That is history. Those are the facts, and no past generation was able to tamper with it successfully, and neither will the present generation ever succeed at playing God.
Millions in America see the church as irrelevant and trampled by the modern philosophy that has ridiculed Biblical morality and faith. The other side of the coin reveals a resurgence of brave and committed Biblical Christians. They are willing to put all on the line to make the difference, and this should be a good reason for excitement to be part of the coming Reformation that will impact all areas of culture, not only in America but the world. And by the way, this is not wishful thinking it is called the reality of history that moves in a linear pattern and not circular.
Paul wrote to Timothy the following: “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control” (2 Timothy 1:7 ESV), he had the Holy Spirit in mind, which by the way is the same Holy Spirit that guided Jesus in His public life and His resurrection, and Who is in every born-again person in Christ:
“For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” Romans 8:15 (ESV)
“Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God.” 1 Corinthians 2:12 (ESV)
When a culture reaches the highest level of insanity, it becomes desperate for answers and willing to follow the piper to its destruction. Let us commit to do whatever it takes to show our generation, and future generations, the way, the truth, and life that Jesus brought to us. No task is too small or too great, and the most important fact is that we are not alone; we have His promise always to be with us. With this in mind, we can be greatly confident and resolute to face the future.