My new article on woke culture that is published in The Stream.
In 1948, American scholar Richard M. Weaver published a book entitled Ideas Have Consequences. In it, he argued that the decline of Western Civilization was rooted in the philosophical rejection of the notion of absolute truth. This worldview ultimately had devastating effects on western art, education, and morality.
Five years earlier, the Oxford Christian academic C.S. Lewis wrote a book called The Abolition of Man, in which he discussed the consequences of higher education rejecting objective value and natural law. He likened the self-destruction of society believing such ideas to the removal of the very organs of our humanity. “We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.”
It seems the modern “woke” university is a perfect case study for this universal truth of consequences as students grow up to become the next generation that dominates the culture.