Posts under ‘Culture’

How I Live Now (2013)

Some of our best stories come from new takes on familiar tales. This story combines the coming-of-age story of a young woman with overlapping themes in the confrontation-with-adulthood vein from war books from the last three centuries. The result is a poignant summoning that urges the West to grow up and face reality. The film…

The big world out there

Most people live in very small worlds. These worlds consist of their social group, people at their jobs, and their families. Beyond that, they know little — and they do not care. Their goal almost universally becomes to have an identity within this small social group. Here they can be either the big cheese, or…

Amid the seas of the unknown

Knowledge is not power, the unknown is power. The unknown does not explain itself, the unknown does not justify itself. The unknown is the primordial fact. Man is aboard a ship surrounded by the seas of the unknown. We have steering, we have shelter, we have navigation systems, and we are thankful for this. Yet…

The leisure imperative

Conservatives in the 1980s struck me as somewhat terrifying. They answered just about any question with “just work hard and get ahead.” Three decades on, I can see that they answered this way because they saw no solutions on the political front. The general idea was that society had gone to hell, so all we…

Why social conservatism?

A recent trend pushes conservatives to abandon their social conservative beliefs. It comes from both inside and beyond the conservative movement and contains a hidden agenda to reduce conservatism to an economic position alone. In this vision of conservatism, the less you support taxation and public services and the more you approve of free market…

Tiger Society may be sub-optimal

Amy Chua, formerly of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, is probably a liberal. However, she espouses a very conservative idea: our choices of action determine the results we get. In Tiger Mother, she outraged parents across the world by showing how if they were willing to work at it, they could make their kids…

Monsters (2010)

Millennials are in a bubble of their own creation. Others watch them, but don’t communicate, because we know the bubble is there and are aware we will be attacking with anger for puncturing it. We can tell that they are the products of decades of leftist indoctrination, broken homes, commercial “culture,” and the legitimization of…

The postmodern abyss of college

In a liberal arts college, the only thing campus progressives seem certain of is nothing. They are certain of God’s absence, race’s social construction, and gender’s ambiguity. No objective truths can be found and everything, particularly culture, is relative. Their certainty in nothing only gets stronger; if you dare challenge them, Godwin’s Law is quickly invoked,…

Parody: Imagine

Imagine there is Heaven Imagine there is Hell God exists above us Below us Satan dwells Imagine all the dead people Rising from the grave Imagine men with a country A place to call your home Something to live and die for A purpose beyond your own Imagine all the dead people Eating human brains…

Chinua Achebe

When an author has had a good long run, it probably does not make sense to mourn their deaths so much as to note what they did of significance. Today we lost Chinua Achebe, the African author whose 1958 account of instability during a revolution, Things Fall Apart, is on the syllabus at many universities….

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