On ‘Moral Idiots’, Amorality, And Charnel Houses
I’ve been spending a lot of time on Twitter lately and the two most depressing revelations that have come to me [and they have just been confirmations of what I have witnessed in every corner of RealWorld(tm)] are that (1) many people over the age of, say, forty are totally bereft of any Moral Imagination, lacking, it seems, a understanding of Right Reason; and (2) so many of our young people [under thirty] are living without Purpose, so deprived are they of knowledge of the Beauty Of Life that one senses that Nihilism has made a comfortable home in their Souls.
Then I stumbled across this paragraph written by Mark Malvasi, back in December of 2012:
We must choose between barbarism and civilization. We must, as W. H. Auden put it, either love each other or die. Today, many of our fellow citizens, and perhaps especially our young people, have lost, or never possessed, the restraint and compassion essential to civilized life. Not surprisingly, they have developed a death wish. They perhaps hope that the end will come soon, and even in some instances they attempt to bring it about, for they have lost the ability to cope with life. They have become what the southern essayist Richard Weaver once called “moral idiots,” those incapable of responding to the challenges of being human. Heartless and indifferent, they live not immorally but amorally, without the capacity to tell good from evil or even to measure the extent of their depravity. They may find their progenitor in another young man wielding a pistol, who, nearly a century ago, initiated the ordeal that in the end turned the twentieth century into a charnel house.
Dead solid perfect…sadly.
God help us.