In a famous quote, G.K. Chesterton defined foolishness: “When people stop believing in God, they don’t believe in nothing, they believe in anything.”
That is, “anything” as in “any thing, without discrimination.” The ability to discriminate is an acquired skill. An infant cannot distinguish himself from his mother. By age 2, the child has that figured out, but cannot discern between virtue and vice. Now, it looks like a whole segment of society cannot seem to recognize real differences between the sexes.
Just a few months ago, almost everyone understood that males use the men’s room, females the women’s. Now, confusion about this matter is all the rage. The media is pushing an agenda, individuals and companies are lobbying, and governments are creating laws permitting biological males to enter bathrooms, dressing rooms, and showers with women and little girls. Some legislatures are writing laws preventing businesses, schools, and other public venues from restricting opposite-sex use of their bathroom facilities.
And yet … as foolish as this is, it’s not the root problem. The deeper issue is the nature of reality. What is real? Is there an objective world, or only the world of our imagination?
Today, facts are no longer important; narrative is all the rage. Subjective narrative replaces the hard truth of reality. At one time, the society was able to recognize truth. Today, we are blind to truth. God continues to reveal it, but we are insensible to that revelation. As Paul has argued, people suppress the truth.
We are no longer defined by our Creator, by the facts of our birth and biology. In this postmodern world we no longer identify ourselves in terms of sexuality – a biological term that defines reality, but in terms of gender – a word that is sociologically defined. We determine our own gender and we inscribe and sculpt our bodies to manifest that gender preference. (For more on this see my book Nurturing the Nations.)
A postmodern mantra is, “I do me and you do you!” In this hypertolerant society, you do not judge me and I will not judge you. I will be whoever I want to be and the same for you.
We have created a new world, a world free of facts and morals. And a curse be on anyone who is intolerant of this new world of ours.
As people suppress the truth of God’s existence, they also reject the hard facts of the reality He has created.
The foolishness is on full display thanks to a recent project produced by the Family Policy Institute of Washington. Click the video to see street interviews of postmodern students at the University of Washington straining to respond to a 5’9” Anglo male claiming to be a 6’5” Chinese female.
Maricopa County banker Richard Hernandez has taken things even further. Hernandez, AKA Eva Baphomet Medusa the Dragon Lady, first changed into a transgendered “woman” and is now mutating into a “female dragon.”
I am the Dragon Lady, a pre-op M2F transgender in the process of morphing into a human dragon, becoming a reptoid as I shed my human skin and my physical appearance and my life as a whole leaving my humanness behind and embracing my most natural self awareness as a mythical beast. As for pronouns I prefer to be called “it” and not be referred to as a she or a her.
WELCOME TO OBLIVION!
Maybe the transgender movement will become passé. Maybe the new trend will be transspecies.
This is the staggering utopian world of our illusions. Beware, reader, of the temptation to laugh. Or snort. The matter is not trivial. Weep for Hernandez and his family. Tremble for the culture.
What will happen as the world loses its moorings and descends into chaos? What will be the cost in human suffering?
As we continue to unpack Romans 1, we come to verse 22, “Claiming to be wise, they became fools.”
Thinking themselves wise (the Greek sophos meaning wisdom, cultivated), they have become fools (the Greek mōrainō: become foolish, turn into inert substance, cause to become nonsense). In our post-Christian world, the words wisdom and foolishness are virtually gone from our vocabulary. When did you last hear anyone speak of wisdom? How often do you hear someone spoken of as foolish?
Wisdom is the moral application of truth. Folly is the suppression of truth for wicked purposes. These are discreet, real categories in a moral universe.
In recent history, intelligence has been valued over character. “He’s the smartest person in the room” is high praise indeed. It takes intellect to get into a modern elite university; character isn’t required.
We’ve all met smart people who are foolish. And those with little schooling who are, nevertheless, very wise.
In today’s postmodern and neo-pagan world, imagination is no longer moored to reality. Witness the tragic example of Richard Hernandez becoming Eva Baphomet Medusa the Dragon Lady.
Ours is a world without reason or morals, a world of nonsense and irrationality.
The prophet Isaiah warns of this unleashing of folly on the world.
Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight!” (Isaiah 5: 20-21)
Postmoderns are too clever by half. They are turning the world upside down, actively promoting evil as if it were good and condemning those who would call it evil. They are creating an illusionary world, one without boundaries, that will lead only to suffering and despair.
If you were to destroy in mankind the belief in immortality, not only love but every living force maintaining the life of the world would at once be dried up. Moreover, nothing then would be immoral, everything would be lawful, even cannibalism.
“Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools.”
Woe to the neo-pagan ideologues in our universities and the media who promulgate this vision and thus condemn the lives of a generation. They are drawing the youth of the West from the moral and metaphysical order of the universe into postmodern foolishness and slavery.
As Ambassador Alan Keyes has reminded us:
We are going to have to find the courage one of these days to tell people that freedom is not an easy discipline. Freedom is not a choice for those who are lazy in their hearts and in their respect for their own moral capacity. Freedom requires that at the end of the day you accept the constraint that it requires – the respect for the laws of nature and nature’s God.
In short, suppression of the truth does not lead to a glorious, humane new world. It leads to foolishness and ultimately the dehumanization of people.
There’s no further excuse for ambiguity in the public square. This is a day for courteous but forthright challenge. We need to lovingly resist this fatal “tolerance” if we would arrest the flood of foolishness.
- Darrow Miller