YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
Bill Whittle’s latest gem of essay is up today over at Eject! Eject! Eject!
Folks, you are about to be hit with a BIG IDEA.
ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not entirely my big idea, but IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m willing to hang some tinsel on it and take credit for it.
First, a brief set-up, and then (and I will make an announcement in BOLD CAPS) comes the Big Idea.
Okay, the set-up:
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve written a dozen or so major essays since I hung my shingle over this little corner of cyberspace, and received wonderful e-mails about all of them. But two Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the last two Ã¢â‚¬â€œ have generated a very specific response: more passionate; desperate, even.
The first was Tribes, which basically posited that there were people who relied on themselves and people who relied on the State. The second was Seeing the Unseen, which took a look at conspiracy theories and the mental illness required to believe in Ã¢â‚¬ËœchemtrailsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ and the 9/11 WAS AN INSIDE JOB pathology.
Those both generated reams and reams of heartfelt sentiment, and that sentiment was the much the same time and time again.
I thought I was all alone, people said. And I see this sense of despair and resignation spreading all across the web; from individuals in comment sections, or in lonely posts on obscure blogs.
Now hereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s interesting: this response is the same, again and again, although the stimulus is different. It might be increasing public irrationality and paranoia, or falling educational standards, or unchecked illegal immigration, or activist judges. Maybe itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s tolerance of crime, or endless lawsuits, or general mean-spiritedness. Perhaps itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s rampant defeatism, cynicism, a lack of common decency, and the sense that courage and honor are dying qualities that time is passing by.
And maybe itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the dawning realization that our elites in politics, academia and entertainment (which controls our mythology) are leading the charge not to salvation but to the cliffs that seem so obvious to so many common people.
Something seems to be failing, something essential, as if all the nails and glue that hold a house together were dissolving all at once. And many people Ã¢â‚¬â€œ perhaps you are one of them Ã¢â‚¬â€œ watch all this happening and feel powerless to stop it.
Well, you are not alone.
So many stimuli, and always the same response: has the world gone mad?
What do those stimuli have in common?
HERE COMES THE BIG IDEA.
The Chief cannot urge you too strongly to go check it out – the edification you receive will be your own!