As it relates to this video, we must consider the nature of our secular societies whether you believe in God or not: loss of religious faith creates a vacuum. In the absence of God, man must, perforce, fall back on himself. True, man has always thought it would be well to be free of the Decalogue, but as numerous philosophers have noted, he soon finds his new found freedom from God, his essential loneliness, even more intolerable.
Largely unchallenged, politically-correct bureaucracies have appointed themselves as the moral and intellectual tribunals in our own secular societies. The gradual loss of any religious conviction begins erosion that is accompanied by the inevitable growth of moral and intellectual relativism has undermined our confidence in our ability as individuals to make moral and intellectual judgments. In fact, to make such judgments is the new sin. Note what has happened here: the politically correct commissariat condemns us for being “judgmental,” yet reserves the right to pass judgment on us. This becomes the crux of the argument: what distinguishes political correctness from traditional Marxism is that rather than focusing on the public possession of the means of production, it is focusing on public possession of the means of expression.
Collective pressures magnified many times by the ubiquity and reach of the print and broadcast media and especially our educational institutions can very quickly create a climate of fear which most of us, not surprisingly, find intolerable. So we apologize. We withdraw our remarks. We may even resign or be threatened with expulsion from the organization or group to which we have devoted the best part of our lives. Suddenly we discover that we are very much alone and material possessions, those superficial manifestations of individualism, are not enough. In an earlier age we might have turned to God. Now all we know is the world of Caesar. Chastised and bullied in this manner, abandoned by colleagues who we thought had some moral fiber, we fall silent. And this silence in the face of intimidation, which masquerades as the defender of tolerance, is deeply threatening to democratic society. I fear for us.
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