Monday, August 16, 2010

My Inner Darwinist and Nietschean (and Ortega-y-Gassetian)

... approves of this "powerful video on the moral, aesthetic, and intellectual degeneration of Western man" who "appears quite happy living in a democracy" — The Last Man on Film.

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Anonymous Pints in NYC said...

Yes there is much truth to that clip. The site's link to the intro to Idiocracy is hilarious, by the way.

However, as Christians, how are we really to approach this issue?

Also, the clip goes on to suggest that routine destroys the human spirit, and perhaps the species.

But what of agrarian based societies? Is a liberal capitalist technocratic "democracy" really any more mundane than hundreds of years tilling the soil in the Steppes?

The thing about a clip like that is that, while I lament the decay of aristocratic virtues, I also fear the direction such a clip might lead. If the clip is a true diagnosis, than the species is doomed to die by our own foolishness. If the clip inspires the type of people the past century has thrown up in our faces to take action, we might see a neo-pagan national socialist program leading to the gulags. They ultimately were charged by the same "moral imagination," no?

Which is why I once again ask: what is the Christian take / response on this to be? Might Christianity be the way between the horns of the dilemma?

6:31 AM  
Anonymous Pints in NYC said...

So today on the subway C S Lewis pointed towards an answer to my question above. Serendipitously reading the last few pages of the section on Eros in "The Four Loves," Lewis cautions against:

"A theory more likely to be accepted in our own day is what we may call Shavian - Shaw himself might have said "metabiological" - Romanticism. Acording to Shavian Romanticism the voice of Eros is the voice of the elan vital or Life Force, the "evolutionary appetite."

Pick up the book for a few interesting paragraphs on this issue.

6:14 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

C.S. Lewis is a far better guide than the fellows I mentioned, although Ortega y Gasset is worthy.

1:51 AM  

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