Svar, via email, shared an interesting interview with an author I had not heard of. Tito Purdue, the author, discusses his view of modernity and its poisons.
Some people believe our decadence has been caused by loss of faith, but I’ve come to believe that loss of faith is itself caused by prolonged prosperity, which dissolves discipline and offers temptations that cannot be resisted by most people. America could have stood up to anything except this.
Rather than work too hard myself, heh heh, below is a copy/paste of an email I sent a few on the Council with regard to the article.
I don’t necessarily agree that prosperity is itself the problem. It’s the idleness that initially accompanies it and comes to be the source of prosperity. We make money not by toiling, but by shifting pieces around the board. No sweat, no exposure to the elements, no real hardship. When the flesh is insufficiently challenged, the mind has too much room to roam and dream up justifications. Having said that, I don’t romanticize agrarian dusk to dawn workdays. There needs to be a blend. The paper pushers need to make sure the bottom line doesn’t exclude the less mentally agile. That is, prosperity that includes the laborers and doesn’t destroy their jobs and seek to buy their loyalty with baubles, and doesn’t give them an abundance of free time to think of justifications for any whim they have, can prosper. The trick is avoiding the jealousy and avarice that propelled ’50s man to turn into ’80s man. Of course, successfully performing that trick is to overcome very base desires.
In other words, the turning continues and our generation finds itself in the unenviable position of either sacrificing our way to general salvation or picking up the pieces after the next great flood.
As it is said, idle hands. . .