is an Illusion
should not deceive ourselves with the misleading illusion of
permanence. History recounts the fall of one civilization after
another. Some were destroyed by wars. Others ruined by blind, internal
conflicts caused by greed, a lust for power, and a general apathy
that failed to preserve what really matters.
For each virtue
there is a corresponding vice. Sometimes several. And while virtue
inspires noble advancements and the benefits that come with them,
its shadow-side works insidiously to tear those advancements
Perhaps it is
a weakness of human nature, a weakness nourished by such disparate
traits as hubris and ignorance, envy and denial, all empowered by
We are witnessing
this fall today-so busily engaged in our private concerns or our
addiction ro entertainment that we scarcely notice its looming threat.
Look around. Wars no longer end, but lead to further outrage. Politics
has become so extreme that the central value of truth is no longer
considered. Greed continues to spawn a kind of madness that distorts
our values with a disdain for other people. Conscience no longer
provides us with an effective guide to determine right from wrong.
If Western culture
is to reclaim its purpose, it is up to us to make it happen.
It doesn't matter what your age is, or your gender or religious
faith, or where you were born. Education or wealth never assured
a person's virtue. Ideology is a false prophet that inhibits free
thought, and therefore freedom itself.
is a call for rebirth and liberated action. It does not seek
converts or followers. It hopes to inspire our innate principles
of conscience instead, rejecting the chains of subservience forged
by politics and greed and spiritual lethargy. It calls for the kind
of autonomy that heroically separate us from the misdirected herd,
and the strength to speak out for truth and justice. It presents
us with the depth of our own ideals, and the certain knowledge that
no enemy of truth can long resist their flourishing, be they local
enemies or terrorists halfway around the world.
The only catch
is that we must make them flourish first. That is our responsibility.
Let us accept that duty with the enthusiasm that it deserves.