Elastic Values

person-768787_1920A glance across our cultural landscape reveals vast deconstruction in nearly every facet of our world. Many in the current generation relish the razing of societal values and the demolition of time-honored tradition.

Many do not realize that this way of looking at things did not appear on the horizon of history by chance. It was in fact engineered. It began in the literary and philosophical exploration of postmodernism. Postmodernism promotes the destruction of absolutes and accepted cultural norms. It challenges everything and holds no view weightier than another – or so they say.

In reality, the same cultural cops who demand that each of their whims and fancies be celebrated by everyone around them, are very quick to squash the individuality and thoughts of others with whom they disagree. Often their cries for equality quickly turn into lynch mobs for all those with opposing viewpoints.

This is the kind of thinking that popularizes deviancy and calls the righteous evil. The book of Isaiah warns against such philosophical distortion,

“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” (Isaiah 5:20 NIV)

The biggest problem with postmodern deconstructionism is that its formula is lacking a very important and immutable element. Our value system was not created by man and can therefore not be changed without horrible effect.

The great author G. K. Chesterton said, “Whenever you remove any fence, always pause long enough to ask yourself, ‘Why was it put there in the first place?’”



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