The West has gone through many eras – the so-called Dark Ages, the Renaissance, the Age of Reason, the Enlightenment, the Industrial Age and post-modernity. The current era is the age of the absurd.
In terms of the absurdities that cultural elites believe in, and have convinced masses of people to believe, there has never been a time like today.
Here is a list of the most ridiculous ones that immediately come to mind.
No. 1: Men give birth.
Top of the list must be the radical redefinition – in fact, the denial – of sex and gender, leading to reality-defying statements such as “men give birth”, “men menstruate”, “the person who gives birth instead of “mother,” and Disney theme parks no longer greet guests as “ladies and gentlemen” or “boys and girls.”
#2: It is right to allow biological men to compete in women’s sports.
We are supposed to believe that biological men have no innate physical advantage to compete with women. This is claimed to be the truth by every Ivy League college, virtually every other college, most high schools, and virtually every elite media outlet.
No. 3: Defund the police and crime will decrease.
We are supposed to believe that with fewer police, we will have less violent crime. Any 10-year-old recognizes the sentiment as absurd.
#4: Racial segregation is anti-racist. Opposition to racial segregation is racist.
Columbia University and many other universities have all-black dorms and all-black degrees. They argue that segregation based on race is not racist. The opposition is.
No. 5: “Latinx”.
Because human sexuality is “non-binary”, languages with gendered nouns must be sterilized, leading to labeling Latinos “Latinx”. That hardly anyone from Latin America or living in Latin America uses this nonsense word doesn’t bother The New York Times or your local university.
No. 6: Your race matters.
One of the least important aspects of being human is the color of their skin. It’s not more important than the color of their shoes.
Its insignificance is easy to demonstrate. If you know the color of a person’s skin, do you know anything about that person? The answer, of course, is no. If I know your race, I don’t know anything else about you. And if I think I can determine anything about you based on your race, I’m a racist.
#7: There is strength in diversity — and the happiest countries in the world are Finland, Norway, Denmark and Iceland.
It is an axiom of the awakened, the house of the absurd, that “diversity is our greatest strength”. Yet the New York Times, the leading media voice of the age of the absurd, published an opinion piece about the happiest countries in the world. The second paragraph began: “Finland, Norway, Denmark and Iceland topped the 2018 World Happiness Report rankings.”
Not once has the Times or the writer noted that the four “happiest” countries in the world are not at all diverse. In fact, they are among the least diverse countries in the western world. They are almost entirely white, almost entirely Protestant Christians (or of Protestant Christian descent), and all of their citizens speak the same language. America, on the other hand, is by far the most radical experiment in racial, religious and ethnic diversity.
No. 8: Freedom of expression does not allow hate speech.
“I am for free speech, but not for hate speech” is the view of nearly half of young Americans and virtually all of its elites. The belief in the absurd is so widespread that these people do not understand that the assertion is contradictory. This renders the words “freedom of expression” meaningless. By definition, freedom of expression allows hate speech. If not, “free speech” means nothing more than the word you agree with.
No. 9: You are not a human being until you are born.
You don’t have to believe in God or any religion to understand the absurdity of this statement. If we are not human beings until birth, what are we five minutes – or five months – before birth, when we have a heartbeat and brainwaves? Not human?
No. 10: Capitalism is bad.
Abject poverty has been the norm for almost all people throughout history. Yet in the last century alone, billions of people have been lifted out of poverty. And there is only one reason: capitalism.
#11: America is Systematically Racist.
The obvious absurdity of this assertion is easy to demonstrate. In recent decades, more than three million blacks have immigrated to America from Africa and the Caribbean. And probably tens of millions more would like to. Are all these people fools – choosing to move to a systematically racist country? Are they ignorant – ignorant that America is systematically racist?
Non-absurds know the answers: all these blacks are neither dupes nor ignorant. They know how lucky they are to move to America – because this country is so tolerant and so overwhelmingly non-racist. People don’t move to countries that hate them. No Jews settled in Germany in the 1930s.
We live in the age of the absurd. The only question is, why? I think I know the answer and will talk about it in a future column. In the meantime, share these 11 nonsense with your friends and family, especially those who actually think they make sense.
Dennis Prager is a nationally broadcast radio host and columnist. His latest books, published by Regnery, are “The Rational Passover Haggadah” (March 2022) and “The Rational Bible”, a commentary on the book of Genesis (May 2019). His film, “No Safe Spaces”, was released on home entertainment nationwide on September 15, 2020. He is the founder of Prager University and can be contacted at dennisprager.com.
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