The libertarian idea that the common good is the sum of all individual goods is morally deficient. Until and unless we get that, nothing will change. We knew even back then that most of our black classmates did not have fathers in the home — that this was a norm in their community.
So, when Brooks says that elites are wrong to self-segregate, I question that position. The American Dream in Crisis. They all look ominously similar. For Rieff, the essence of any and every culture can be identified by what it forbids. Think about how many social science studies over the years have shown a definitive link between growing up in a single-parent household and diminished life prospects.
Their view of the world around [poor children] is a deeply lonely one. That is what they do; it is not what we do.
They have adults who tailor for them a set of options that excludes all of the bad ones. The public schools are being asked to raise kids, and to provide them with the sense of structure, purpose, and values that they are not getting at home.
The idea was that there was a moral order independent of ourselves, and we had to conform our lives to that moral order. Their prejudice, if it was prejudice at all, was perfectly impersonal. And in fact it cannot provide such reasons, since it implicitly denies that the universe has any objective meaning, and it explicitly affirms that human being are JUST highly evolved animals.
A problem of sacred order. I remember when I was a kid, growing up in a small Southern town, there was a strong sense, widely held among people here, that there was a Right and there was a Wrong, and that Right and Wrong could be known.
Christianity, as articulated by Paul, worked a cultural revolution, restraining and channeling male eros, elevating the status of both women and of the human body, and infusing marriage—and marital sexuality—with love.
As I observed in this essay: Roughly 10 percent of the children born to college grads grow up in single-parent households. It left them free to feel compassion and sometimes even deep affection for those inferiors who cleaned their houses, or served them at table, or suckled their babies.
Civilization has gone before through variations in public morality. The replacement is the scientistic-positivistic narrative of liberation from superstition, from repression etcwhich has proven completely unable to provide common people with reasons to live, to have a family etc.
Reintroducing norms will require, first, a moral vocabulary.
We may be — I think we are — at a crucial turning point in the history of our country in which men and women of good will are compelled to turn aside from the task of shoring up the American status quo, and ceased to identify the continuation of civility and moral community with the maintenance of that status quo.
The Benedict Option is not a head-for-the-hills utopian scheme, but a general disposition towards creating communities in which the moral life can be lived and upheld, and passed on to our kids, in a post-Christian culture that celebrates the chaos of expressive individualism.
Many people who think they are part of the former group are in fact part of the latter — and the fact that they cannot see this has a lot to do with their dilemma. We now have multiple generations of people caught in recurring feedback loops of economic stress and family breakdown, often leading to something approaching an anarchy of the intimate life.
About that self-segregation, this column speaks to the heart of what I mean by the Benedict Option, which calls for, yes, a degree of self-segregation.
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