Since my husband is facing a few days of enforced rest, I bought a couple of “two thumbs up” funny movies to keep him entertained and to distract us, two intense policy wonks, from the current political campaigns. Both films came highly recommended as hilarious, heartwarming comedies and we looked forward to some restorative laughter while we rested instead of engaging in the usual pre-Christmas shopping, cooking and decorating.
We also watched a couple of episodes of Comedy Central on Television. Any true wit or humor is buried under far too many layers of crude language, potty humor and infantile behavior. The characters are too overdrawn and the slapstick too pervasive. The ultimate incongruity is having a clean-cut, beautiful girl engage in the coarseness and become part of the vulgarity. To put it bluntly, both the movies and the comedy routines reveal the bankruptcy of the amoral modern liberal ideology –– the chaotic, absurd, impotent, libertine worldview of the Hollywood left. Some authors describe that worldview as “moral indeterminacy” and lament the “apolitical utopianism.”
Sadly, that worldview permeates American culture.
When presidential candidates try to explain the connection between morality and politics, that culture is the audience. The people who laugh at today’s comedies probably are not capable of understanding the importance of faith and morals in shaping history and enabling civil society to function effectively.
Liberalism is impotent in the face of the challenges of reality. For instance, one challenge is when an adolescent — previously preoccupied with sex and the excitement of the chase — starts to look for genuine love and runs smack into the demands for fidelity and love’s inherent territoriality. Amoral modern liberals have no clue how to meet the demands of love. How can a person with a deep-rooted history of self-indulgence, who lives without restraint or accountability, possibly know what is the right thing to do, much less have the courage and character to do the right thing?
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