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The Virginia Shooting: Nihilism and the Culture of Anarchy

virginia_shooting__3419685b“What has happened to us as a society that we now devalue life to such a level? What has happened in our society that people have become so violent? That’s the fundamental question we need to confront… We have a societal problem in our country.  It reminds us of the most important job any of us will ever have … the job of a mother, a father or a parent.”

Senator Marco Rubio summed it up nicely… or tragically.  But the deeper question is this:  How do we stop the cultural inertia that is driving our society ever further into nihilism and moral anarchy?

Senator Rubio gets the answer perfect:  If it doesn’t start in the home, then there really is no hope for the future.  Without respect for traditional values, without recovering the lost ideals of civility, selflessness, modesty, and integrity, then the tide of history will sweep us away as it did the Roman Empire and leave behind a new Age of Darkness.

Bill O’Reilly makes the same point with his usual brass-knuckled pithiness here.