Monday, August 08, 2005

Given Over To Depravity

Fjordman and PapiJoe, from Marlowe's Shade, look at the apparent death wish of the West, and ask some profound questions. First, Fjordman:

Do we need God? I am not a religious person, and I used to be almost hostile of Christianity. My views have slowly softened quite a lot, especially after I started reading about Islam. I notice Christianity is spreading in China at a time the country is booming (the same for South Korea), and is weak in Europe, a continent and a civilization that seems to be on its deathbed. Tiny, Jewish Israel has managed to stave off repeated Islamic attacks for decades.

I remember an article I posted before:

The Spiritual Malaise That Haunts Europe

Europe is depopulating itself in numbers greater than at any time since the Black Death of the 14th century. When an entire continent, healthier, wealthier and more secure than ever before, fails to create the human future in the most elemental sense — by creating the next generation — something serious is afoot.

Demographic vacuums don't stay vacuums; they get filled — in Europe's case, by Islamic immigrants.

Europe's effort to create a tolerant, civil, democratic civilization by cutting itself off from one of that civilization's sources — Jewish and Christian convictions about the dignity of the person — is likely to fail.

Is our lack of religion the reason for our indecisiveness and difficulty in seeing right from wrong?

PapiJoe considers the same problem, and shows us where, if not corrected, this will inevitably lead:

A strong case can be made that Europe is losing its ability to thrive, not only culturally, but even biologically. And the US doesn't seem to be too far behind. What could be causing this existential free-fall?

Spengler has been harping on this theme for a while now, and this time he's put some numbers together to back up his assertion that secular populations inevitably dwindle. He sees the predominance of atheism and relativistic values as a primary cause, and I tend to agree.

But European culture has taken a turn for the macabre that goes beyond sterile secularism.

Eight years ago it was reported that 8% of
infant deaths in Holland were due to lethal injection, long before the Groningen Protocols were suggested. While some in Europe still have the capacity to be shocked by infanticide, the Dutch don't seem to be among them. And there is no rational explanation for this recent horror in a French morgue.

If the reader will recall, there was a different kind of outrage that took place in France's morgues two years ago, when the cadavers of the elderly piled up, victims of a brutal heat wave. The
problem was the younger relatives of the deceased that were unwilling to interrupt their lengthy summer vacations to claim the bodies.

Spengler has pointed out that the failure of Europeans to maintain steady population levels is due to a resistance to the self-sacrifice required to give birth to and raise children.

I think it's fair to say that secular Europe has become a
cult of self in the spiritual vacuum its thought leaders have created.

What's difficult to connect is how this culture of
malignant narcissism morphs into morbid symptoms such as euthanasia, infanticide, anti-Semitism and self-loathing.

I propose that there is a death-urge in operation in Europe and in the leftist elite of the US. It is somewhat similar to Freud's concept of Thanatos, but I don't agree with his Buddhist-like conception of it balancing the sex drive.

Outside of a Judeo-Christian ethical system, it is certainly difficult to explain the connection of the death-urge to narcissism. These traditional values focused the individual not on oneself but directed one's service to others, and devotion to God. Anything else fell under a rubric that more than ever is an object of the world's ridicule, that of sin.

And as outdated as this concept is considered, it does directly address the madness that is gripping the West: "The wages of sin is death..."

Yes, and here's another verse which indicates that such depravity is inevitable in a society which does not acknowledge God:

Since they didn't bother to acknowledge God, God quit bothering them and let them run loose. And then all hell broke loose: rampant evil, grabbing and grasping, vicious backstabbing.

They made life hell on earth with their envy, wanton killing, bickering, and cheating. Look at them: mean-spirited, venomous, fork-tongued God-bashers. Bullies, swaggerers, insufferable windbags! They keep inventing new ways of wrecking lives.

They ditch their parents when they get in the way. Stupid, slimy, cruel, cold-blooded. And it's not as if they don't know better. They know perfectly well they're spitting in God's face. And they don't care--worse, they hand out prizes to those who do the worst things best!