In CS Lewis’s The Last Battle, the good-hearted but naive inhabitants of Narnia throw away their cherished civilization by falling for a shabby ruse perpetrated by a few cunning and unprincipled characters… You just want to shake them and say, “Don’t you see what you’re falling for?” Nevertheless, as the con men ruthlessly play on the doubts and fears of the Narnia folk, their lies take hold, and the light of civilization goes out.
Haven’t we in America done exactly the same thing? Look at the shabby ruse we’ve fallen for. We’ve traded Western civilization for vain delusions, cheap thrills, and laughably illogical doctrines. Like the townsfolk in The Emperor’s New Clothes, we all know the king is wearing no clothes, but we play along out of fear and intimidation. We’re afraid of confrontation, of losing the love and approval of others, of being labeled “judgmental,” “racist,” “bigoted,” or “homophobic.” So we quietly allow our minds to be twisted as we surrender our former beliefs and bequeath an unknown country to our children and grandchildren.
How strange. Out of the thousands of years of suffering and oppression that comprise human history, a light burns brightly for just a couple of hundred years. The American experiment: a revolutionary idea that the common man can be free, master of his own government, so long as he himself is ruled by God. For a short time, this brilliant young country dazzles all the world and all of history, not just with its power and productivity and progress, but with its goodness.
And then, out of pure hatred–the same rage and rebellion institutionalized in communism, Nazism, and all the other “isms” that have paved the world’s roads with corpses throughout the last century–haters of truth scheme to extinguish this shining light. So they concoct an absurd, fantastic ruse–that animals should have the same rights as human beings, that white people are inherently racist and oppressive, that self-destructive sexual compulsions are perfectly normal and noble. Each passing year brings new and more bizarre delusions being held up as truth.
How much stranger that we’ve bought it.
Can we get the real America back? Only time will tell. But if we do, it very likely will be due to the efforts of the current generation, which still has some memory of the real America.
~David Kupelian in The Marketing of Evil