You’ve seen my first attempt to promote this fantastic book. This is my second attempt. You simply cannot be a critically thinking adult in Western Culture and not be engaged in this critical analysis.
We are already tragically mute, misled, and frustrated in virtually all areas of epistemology–science, religion, politics, history, sociology, psychology, psychiatry, etc. There is no reason not to be looking carefully at the dilemma of being human. We simultaneously boast to be divine while we relegate ourselves to such frailty and impotence. Let’s admit that we are quite small, limited, and unable to pull off half of what we boast. The other half is merely the result of manipulating the people around us–it all reeks of Nietzsche’s “Will to Power.” And yet, everyone that I know is boasting. Here. I will share with you my synopsis of Chapter 4 of Veith’s Postmodern Times:
Chapter 4: The Critique of the Human
Chapter 4 is amazing. In concise manner, it lays out what I feel is the strongest statements of import in the entire book. The opening lines are succinct and powerful enough to be dictated word for word:
For the last two centuries, modern thought has assaulted Christianity in the name of reason and in the name of humanism. Christian theology was dismissed as superstition, unworthy of rational, educated human beings. Christian morality was also dismissed as repressive, built around fear and guilt. Just as religious dogmas would be replaced by the dogmas of human reason, religious values would be replaced with human values. According to these humanistic assumptions, the human being, not God, is the measure of all things. The good is not what some abstract god dictates, but what contributes to the liberation, growth, and progress of human beings. Instead of being God-centered, we should be human-centered. This impulse to humanism—which can be traced from the Greeks through the Renaissance and into its apotheosis by modern secular humanists—has been a formidable rival to Biblical Christianity.
Man is suffering from a lack of identity brought on by an illusion of corporate or group identity—style and being part of fascism (which is arbitrary, random, subjective, relative, and quickly changes). Individuality and personality is lost. All living beings are equal. The pig is a boy is a dog is a rat. A loss of individuality has as a result a discrediting effect on history, intellectual wisdom, and traditions of the past. The victory of postmodernism is the disappearing ego. The fragmentation of language breeds schizophrenia—leaving us with only pragmatism as a guiding principle.