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Undercover Hippie

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

An original thought!

I so rarely get them... I just had to put it out there.

I was reading an article about controversy in the Ukraine over their election results. Some guy I never heard of (with too many consonants in his name) ran against some other guy I never heard of (with too few vowels in his name) and the loser is disputing the results. Sound familiar? Its Florida-East.

I was reflecting on how we got into this mess where no matter what the outcome, nobody believes in the process anymore. Everything is suspect. Everyone is a skeptic. Any charge, no matter how outrageous is treated as possible. Things didn't used to be this way. At least not in the U.S. And Eastern Europe has made remarkable strides in Westernizing their culture (at least with respect to living under the "rule of law"). Nevertheless, I believe this is a worldwide phenomenon.

This brings me to my thought. A few years back, one of my favorite authors (and speakers), Dr. Ravi Zacharias, put out a book called "Deliver Us From Evil." (Sorry Sean Hannity, but Ravi was first.) In it, he categorized three steps our culture has gone through which has brought us to our current state: secularization, privatization, and pluralization. His theme is secularization has led to a loss of shame, pluralization has led to a loss of reason, and privatization has led to a loss of meaning.

If all big cultural ideas a secular then anything goes (MTV anyone?). If any culture is morally equivalent to any other culture, then we have no basis for any comparisons. If any claim on truth must be private, then nothing can be true.

Put all of these together and we have problems. But, I think the political divide in our country (the U.S.) and others (Spain, UK, Ukraine, etc.) can be traced back to groups seeing reality from vastly different viewpoints with no hope of bridging the gap. There's no hope of bridging this gap precisely because truth must be private, all cultures are equivalent, and all ideas must be secular.

The Spirit of the Age screams at us that Michael Moore is as right as Bill O'Reilly, and you are dismissed as a crackpot if you hold any other position. Unfortunately, this also gives easy cover to those of us who would rather not expend the mental energy to wade through the arguments and come to a conclusion. "They each have a valid point," someone will say.

Phooey! There is objective truth in the world, and it is true for everyone, all the time. There was a winner in Florida '00, Ohio '04, and Ukraine '04. Unfortunately, the popular culture breeds skepticism by forcing us to believe that truth is relative. And we're starting to believe it.

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