It’s not that I feel like a relic of a bygone age. No–it’s more like I used to live in a nice place until I got kidnapped in my bed one night and marooned on an uncharted island inhabited by cannibals speaking an unintelligible language.
In the world I knew, if you were an atheist, a pervert, or a communist, you had to hide it or you weren’t getting anywhere. But now, if you are any one of those things, or (even better) some combination thereof, you receive honor and deference, wide esteem, and loud applause. If you’re not being invited to dinner at the White House, you’re probably living there and sending out the invitations.
Which brings me to the impending theatrical release of 50 Shades of Grey, a movie based on the great 2012 best-selling “novel” of jejune sadomasochism (see my blog post for June 3, 2012, Fifty Shades of Fooey, http://leeduigon.com/2012/06/03/fifty-shades-of-fooey/ ).
It used to be that books like this came in plain brown wrappers, and you had to order them through a porny magazine. Now the American Library Assn. is pushing to have Shades included in public school libraries, so as to make the kiddies’ minds receptive to S&M. It used to be that movies like this could only be shown in theaters that showed nothing but pornography–not very salubrious places.
Now it’s in the mainstream of our culture.
So why is our country misgoverned by thieves, liars, reprobates, and criminals? Why do we have a news media that gives us fictitious news, schools and colleges that make students dumber, and churches that estrange people from their God? In a very little time, in my own lifetime, this is what we have become.
God help us.