Thursday, August 29, 2013

What Hath Relativism Wrought? or Why Miley is Not Really the Problem

The Dictatorship of Obama is achieving its goals without opposition from his party, the media or Congress, leading us into yet another theater in the never-ending war.

The Dictatorship of Relativism is achieving its primary goal, which is and always has been the Abolition of Nature, recently displaying itself on the theater of television as Miley Cyrus managed to destroy everything sexy about sex with music that had nothing musical about it.

The other day I talked about Miley, pornography, Disney, "gay marriage" and Capitalism.

Matt Walsh has hit upon the other side of this debacle by, quite rightly, pointing the finger at Miley's partner in crime for this spectacle.

I’m no feminist. Miley Cyrus is an adult and should be held responsible for her actions. But where are the men in all of this? Have we so completely given up on chivalry that we don’t even see what’s troubling about a GROWN ASS MARRIED DUDE singing a song about sexual domination while dry humping a young woman on national TV? Men in this culture need to stand up and be leaders. I don’t want to talk about the Miley Cyruses of the world. Enough is said about them. I want to talk about the legions of cowardly, amoral adult men who graduate college and still carry on like frat boys well into their 60′s. The girls that behave like Miley Cyrus do so because they want to attract men. And it works.
It shouldn’t.

Well, speaking as a grown-ass married dude who, if left to his own devices, would carry on like a frat boy well into his sixties, and who is as vulnerable to "feminine wiles" as the next grown ass married dude - even when those wiles are utterly transparent to anyone with a brain and really not that appealing beyond flattering our vanities - speaking as such, I totally concur with Walsh.  Women behave like this because men fall for it, and corporations get behind this because it sells.

But that's not my point.

My point is we can no longer even point to the sky and say, "It's blue".  That's my point.

We can no longer point to the fact that the music was idiotic and the performance vulgar and offensive.  The Dictatorship of Relativism rejects reality.  Facts do not exist, only opinions.

And so, one of the first of hundreds of comments on Walsh's article says ...

So let me get this straight. You rant for a few paragraphs, judging and condemning the actions of others, who you know are not practicing believers of any religion, against your beliefs.

This commenter then goes on to slam the Bible and religion in general.

I wanted to post a picture of Miley and her grown-ass married dude dance partner, but I really can't find any suitable for this blog.


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Now I used to be an atheist.  From age 9 to age 18, I was a full-fledged card carrying atheist - an evangelizing atheist, the kind who would get in your face and tell you how stupid you were for buying into an illusion.  And this was back in the day when atheism was not a fad - in a small town in the country, where God was as much a part of our lives as guns and football and to question one was to question the others.  But I was ahead of the curve.  I was a trend setter before the trend set in.  And it took a bit of courage - a fair amount of stupidity and a dose of courage.

So I have a kind of sympathy with atheists.  I get it.  In fact, I get it so much that I know what a cop out this new atheism is and how far it's fallen from the old mark we used to hit.

In the old days, atheists were searching for truth.  We were adamant that the Christian Faith had nohing to do with truth, and that's why we were so upset.  Yes, we had issues - a kind of anger and psychological rebellion against authority that fueled much of what we did - but we also had a certain integrity: devotion to truth at all costs, even if it meant giving up the 2,000 year old lie.

Today's Fad Atheists will insist that there is no truth.  Even though this is a contradiction in itself (you can't claim the statement "there is no truth" is true if there is no truth), still why worry?  Hilaire Belloc addresses this foolhardy disdain for self-contradiction.

That great Modern Attack (which is more than a heresy) is indifferent to self-contradiction. It merely affirms. It advances like an animal, counting on strength alone. There you have the Modern Attack in its main character, materialist, and atheist; and, being atheist, it is necessarily indifferent to truth. For God is Truth.

And if you are willing to pay the price of giving up Truth in order to jettison God (for God is Truth), then you are left with this: there is no Beauty or Goodness either, for all three form a kind of trinity.  And so you can claim and claim with a fair amount of self-righteous indignation that ...


  • Miley's performance was not ugly.  Nothing is ugly, because nothing is beautiful - not a sunset, not a tree, not the moon at night, not a baby sleeping in a crib.  Our sense of beauty is just our hormones and neurons firing randomly for the sake of evolution.
  • Miley's performance was not morally wrong.  Dry humping a married man and pretending to have sex with a styrofoam finger on national TV (with children in the audience) is not morally bad because nothing is morally good.  It's just your illusion vs. my illusion - pick a morality and stick with it.  Or don't.  It's all subjective, there is no truth and everything is relative.

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St. Paul wrote a blog post about this years ago ... 

The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.  Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.  (1 Tim. 4:1-2)

Indeed, our consciences have been "seared" - seared with the hot iron of Relativism that kills all compunction, seals off all regret, buries any sense of shame - and with it any ability to see and recognize that which is true, that which is beautiful, and that which is good - killing as well our capacity to be grateful for any of those things.

Paul goes on to talk about the priorities of those devoted to the lie whose consciences are seared.  The first priority he lists is an attack upon marriage.

So the more things change the more they stay the same.

And at least they didn't have comment boxes in the days St. Paul was blogging.




1 comment:

Marcy said...

Al Kresta gives a great explanation of relativism in his book "Dangers to the Faith." http://j.mp/OSVKrestaDTF He has a whole chapter on it. I love the description of relativism there, "Feet firmly planted in mid-air."

People have been so shocked by Miley's "performance" but really it is the logical conclusion to everything this young woman has been exposed to for years. And what all the kids watching Disney for years have been exposed to. When interviewed, Miley said that she did not think is was anything unusual, that is just the way she is. Her "truth" isn't really truth at all. The only hope we have for the future is that each person does normally have a sense of when a wrong is committed. We can only hope this Natural Law will prevail.