This article is from Bari Weiss’ substack My thoughts on the article below.
It is an important snap shot of our current cultural moment. It is sad to me and feels a little hopeless. This article is NOT really about children. It is about a belief system. This is what happens when you trust secularism to describe and fix your problems. It doesn’t work. The result is an existential hopelessness that leads us to throw up our hands and bury ourselves in meaningless pleasures. This conversation is not actually about children. It is about an attempt to redefine what it means to be human.
A couple of things come to mind:
The world is really good at evangelism and discipleship. We have a generation that has completely adopted the dogma that has been given to them. And they can repeat the words and phrases handed to them like good disciples. There is deep irony in all of this. We have a generation sincerely convinced they are victims even though we live in one of the most prosperous and egalitarian moments in history. There is a cultural and political machine that feeds our victim complex. And we love it. It makes us feel important.
Historically we mock and despise members of religious cults. How can they continue to trust the leaders that make so many false predictions? That gullibility is alive in a generation that gives unfailing trust to the prophets of the climate apocalypse. And that in spite of decades of false predictions. It is truly impressive. The space ship has not arrived, yet has not weakened their credibility. “Ideas have consequences, and some ideas have victims.” Clearly, this apocalyptic vision has consequences.
For me, I believe the situation is far worse and yet far more hopeful. Why? Because I don’t believe that humans can be the problem and the solution at the same time. Humans are certainly at the heart of the problem, but the answer is outside of our resources or wisdom. My hope is in a king that loves and redeems difficult and demanding humans, even miserable children and self-absorbed adults. He died and rose from the dead and is bringing an everlasting kingdom.