Eyewitness accounts of the dying of the West
Dear reader, I know that many of you could have written accounts very similar to those presented below, which are an exchange between myself and a Canadian friend, who, like myself, was virtually thrown headfirst into the fight for freedom by a surrealistic encounter with the “family” court system.
The main difference is perhaps that some readers are too young to remember the vibrancy of our Western culture until about the 60s and 70s.
I remember it well and I remember when it started to vanish and be replaced with a culture of false “freedom,” false because it was a freedom devoid of responsibility and, yes, I daresay, of happiness.
In the early 80s I discovered at some point that one of my employees was coming in late every Monday morning and was looking like she’d been dragged through a knothole. She was bereft of any spiritual happiness and just mechanically went about her job. I found out from one of her co-workers that she and her husband had been spending every weekend partying. They had been taking drugs and he had been sharing her with his male friends.
My own life was not much happier because I shared their philosophy: life is short, ends with death and anyone who does not squeeze out every last drop of pleasure from this life is a fool. More than a fool, such a person is committing a kind of sin against mankind, failing to take full advantage of life. That is the post-modern philosophy, isn’t it?
It was a classic case of pleasure without joy, almost a dutiful kind of pleasure because you felt you owed it to someone to have this pleasure or you needed to exercise your right to do as you pleased, perhaps because otherwise you feared someone would deprive you and others of the “right” to have such misery that you imagined to be fun.
If it sounds like I am talking nonsense, it is because I am describing the culture of the post-modern West, the ultimate absurdity, which has led to a decimation of our population centers, the hollowing out of our souls, a lonely, childless existence for millions of adults.
In short a life without God.
Don, last year Ruth and I drove to Michigan to meet with my brother and one of his sons and the latter’s family. I was amazed, especially as we drove around the lower edge of Lake Michigan towards Detroit, to what extent the infrastructure had deteriorated. The situation impressed me as being worse than it was in East Germany when I travelled there in 1995. Mind you, while then there was a massive construction boom going on, in West Germany (especially noticeable in my home town of Duesseldorf) the infrastructure was beginning to deteriorate. For
example, it appeared that maintaining the landscaping of public property, such as parks, of whom some portion were being totally neglected due to budget cuts, was the first to go. That really struck me, as when we were there in 1984, things were far more vibrant. However, in 1984 there were not yet more dogs than children.
To come back to the subject of Detroit for the moment, many of the buildings downtown were boarded up. There was little pedestrian traffic and no problem finding parking in the streets. It seemed to me that of the GM Headquarters building only about 20 percent were occupied. We visited Ford and found that apparently its major corporate mission was not to build vehicles but to promote environmentalism (one-third of the toxic trinity of humanicide — the other two being multiculturalism and feminism, but, of course, that was not how that was being presented) [I might add that Ford was also hot in pursuit of “gay” marriage until the AFA applied sufficient pressure – DH]. At any rate, Ford said nothing about the massive and progressive layoffs that were in the process of being undertaken, but Ford said a lot about how the construction of bogs on the roofs of its factory buildings would save the environment at Dearborn. That seems to me like Nero fiddling while Rome burned.
As a last thought on all of that, a couple of years ago I spoke with one of my sisters in Germany about the social developments in Germany and about the welfare of her church community. She said that the only houses of worship that were being build, constantly, were mosques – because mosques were needed so much, with them always being filled to capacity. On the other hand, she said, Christian churches were being sold off for lack of attendance and revenues. The same thing is happening in England, where some churches are now being used as rock-climbing venues. The very same thing is happening all over Europe. In France, for example, whole mid-sized cities are virtually empty of people, except for a few elderly who soon will be dead. In Italy there is a town of about close to a thousand people where after about seven years the first child was born (how will that child learn to play with other children?). Moreover, wolves now roam freely again in Italian rural areas and bears have made a comeback in parts of the Alps and the Caucasus.
Just as at the fall of the Roman Empire, the New Dark Age is coming – pretty much for the same reasons: excessive taxation, government waste and excessive government control, meddling with market forces, and corruption of government officials and by those who deal with them. On top of that there is the invasion by the new Barbarians – as much needed as at the fall of the Roman Empire, because of a deadly and fatal birth dearth.
Let’s face it, neither Canada nor the US are ethnically or nationally united. Both are empires, the US more so than Canada, but both are very much like the USSR before its recent collapse. It could all be helped a bit if national consciousness and awareness were being promoted a little, especially in the schools, but those virtues are no longer part of the curriculum. Instead, multiculturalism and the abolition of
international boundaries are being rammed down our throats. Kofi Anan was right when he said in a speech in 1997 that the program for the abolition of international boundaries would have progressed so far by the year 2000 that it would no longer be possible to reverse it.
However, at the very bottom of all of the successes of those dark social forces is the implementation of the international agenda for the planned destruction of the family. That removes the last bit of protection that individuals have against the capriciousness of the liberal forces controlling and driving our governments. It makes virtually no difference whether the new liberals are Democrats or Republicans,
Liberals or Conservatives. The real power is with the unrestrained, cancerously-growing, socialist bureaucracy. Thereby it will be socialism that ultimately emerges victorious in pushing civilization into chaos.
Those who don’t learn from history are condemned to have to repeat it.
(Walter Schneider is the owner of the popular site Fathers for Life, which is linked under “Friends of Laigle’s Forum” to the left of each article at Laigle’s Forum)
I also noticed this same sort of thing when we were in Atlanta killing time between flights to Latin America. We took a train on a Sunday to the downtown area at least 10 miles away. We could have counted the people we saw out the window on one hand. It appeared that whole neighborhoods were either deserted or no one dared to venture outside.
I remarked to Zoila that in any town this size in her country on a Sunday afternoon, there would be people walking around all over the place, with lots of kids playing.
I had this strange sensation of being at the end of an era or the beginning of another, but something horribly sinister and sad like the plot of a Utopian sci-fi novel.
I suspect it was very much the same kind of scenario you saw in Michigan, and we saw it in other cities too, such as buffalo, NY. My wife and I are determined to return to her home country to settle, where you can see kids everywhere and the streets are teeming with people all day everywhere.
The West is like a graveyard, and indeed, we have buried our culture some time ago, may she rest in peace.
You know, Don, I was often nostalgic, and perhaps sometimes even a bit homesick. Every time that repeated itself over the years, it took less time to jolt myself back to reality and to realize that I was wishing to get back not so much to another place but to another time, a time with circumstances that do not exist anymore.
When we are younger we have more faith in and hope for what the future has to offer. Still, the great hopes for the future that younger people once had (and the wish to have families with children was a big part of that) has been replaced by a real fear of the future by young people of today. That is largely a consequence of a major change in the school curriculum, from the teaching of history (a sequence of actions and consequences) to the teaching of social studies (using disconnected vignettes to deprecate warts and blemishes of varied features of society: the patriarchy, environmental impact, alleged global warming, oppression by men, etc.), a change from teaching absolute moral standards and pro-family values to the teaching of moral relativism and the teaching of hostility to families.
I believe that all of us become a little bit wiser as we get older. Wisdom is largely an expression of the sum of our experiences. We can’t help but add to that as we get older. However, the sum of our experiences is being edited constantly by what we remember, and memory is not a very reliable thing. It is selective, increasingly biased — more or less — through constant and repeated filtering-out of some of the pains we went through as we lived life. That is good. Wounds heal, turn to scars, and often even those vanish with time. Still, disappointments influence a good portion of the wisdom we accumulate. Not only that, but our receptiveness to experiences is tainted by how we became indoctrinated through school and continue to be indoctrinated through the media.
There is one thing, though, that I find cannot be denied. When I was young, there were not only far more children but those children had more respect for and appreciation of the elderly. Today there is far less communication between the elderly and those that are two generations younger. That, too, is largely a consequence of the systematic destruction of our families. It is a part of feminism’s legacy and part of the deliberate and successful efforts to depopulate the world. But all of the blame cannot be assigned to feminism, liberalism, socialism, population control and other such harmful ideologies. Some of it must be assigned to consumerism — most of that being driven by the constant and intense desire to improve the quality of life.
Today, far from being venerated by loving family members, many fathers that were expunged from their families die alone, without having much or any contact with their children and grandchildren.
Fathers are an integral and vital part of views such as these:
A country stands or falls with its families.
– Rosalie Henke, my sister,
a wife and mother of four, grandmother of four
Any nation, the German too, that doesn’t have women and men who are willing to become parents and to raise their children cooperatively in permanent family relationships will dissolve into nothing.
– Karin Jäckel, Ph.D.,
wife, mother and author of many books on family issues,
in The Wife at his Side: ‘Mere’ Housewives in the Looking-glass of Feminism
The “family” in all ages and in all corners of the globe can be defined as a man and a woman bonded together through a socially approved covenant of marriage to regulate sexuality, to bear, raise, and protect children, to provide mutual care and protection, to create a small home economy, and to maintain continuity between the generations, those going before and those coming after.
It is out of the reciprocal, naturally recreated relations of the family that the broader communities-such as tribes, villages, peoples, and nations-grow.
– quoted by Dale O’Leary, in The Gender Agenda, p. 24,
original source: Allan Carlson, in
What’s Wrong With the United Nations Definition of ‘Family’?
The Family in America (August 1994), p. 3
The nostalgia I mentioned is largely the yearning for families. More and more people will experience that yearning as time goes by. Still, that yearning will increasingly often go unanswered. Without families we have nothing and are left empty.
You stated, in connection with the absence of people in the streets of Atlanta: “I had this strange sensation of being at the end of an era or the beginning of another, but something horribly sinister and sad like the plot of a Utopian sci-fi novel.”
Exactly! I remember a noise that once was very common but now has not once been experienced by many: the noise made by masses of children playing in school yards during breaks. Now, instead, breaks have been eliminated in many schools. Many neighbourhoods have no schools — fewer children, fewer schools.
I remember the conversations (had by millions) of people walking and commuting in street cars to and from work. Now the listening to conversations has been replaced by many through listening to ear buds of their I-pods.
I forgot who observed it, but it was someone in the US who stated another difference between then and now: Once it was that porches were features of every-day life and the stages for many conversations between neighbours. Today, the sound of those conversations has been replaced by the all-pervasive humming of air conditioners and the absence of people.
Children in families were once a major unifying force in communities and neighbourhoods. Today we don’t know most of our nearest neighbours by name. Now we fear having children.
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