This excerpt is reprinted from Roger Scruten, a well regarded and highly respected Western Philosopher.
There is much that he says that reminds me of the Urantia Book’s narrative on the Angels who carry truth from culture to culture. I hope you will read the entire article posted HERE:
This final passage is most distressing and has to do with the cultural direction of humanity, and the potential dangers that lie ahead if we do not push back with spiritual force, and is why I share it:
We used to look in astonishment on Moscow show-trials, in which the victim, convicted of deviationism, left infantilism, bourgeois idealism, “neo-Schellingism”, Zionist imperialism or whatever, is given a brief chance to confess enthusiastically to his fault, before being taken away to the firing squad. Where was the evidence, we asked, and what exactly was the crime?
Now we see respectable thinkers accused of racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia and a host of other thought crimes, on the strength of a word out of context, a long-forgotten friendship, or (as with Jordan Peterson) a photograph proving that you are capable of standing next to someone wearing the wrong kind of T-shirt.
The punishments are mild compared with those of the Moscow trials. But they are severe enough, as I and Peterson have both discovered. And in every case there is no defence. For every attempt at a defence entrenches the accusation. If you point out that the thought crimes are largely chosen to mean whatever the accuser wishes them to mean, then that is sure proof that you are guilty.
We are, it seems to me, entering a realm of cultural darkness, in which rational argument and respect for the opponent are disappearing from public discourse, and in which increasingly, on every issue that matters, there is only one permitted view, and a licence to persecute all the heretics that do not subscribe to it.
This signifies, to my way of thinking, the death of our political culture, and the rise of a kind of godless religion in its stead.