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A willingness to deny reality pervades our culture. We don't have a monarch with the power of life and death over us, but we do have an elite that expects us to ignore obvious truths and swallow all sorts of immoral whoppers.
One of my hopes for the New Year is that more people will find the courage to ignore or even speak up against cultural and moral insanity instead of going along with it.
It's difficult in many circumstances, such as working in a large corporation with "diversity" brainwashing sessions. Not everyone can afford to ask a question and earn an instant pink slip, especially those with dependents. But we don't have to become cheerleaders for things that violate our beliefs.
In "The Emperor's New Clothes," a young boy is the only person brave enough to point out the lack of attire on the prancing royal who was sold invisible duds by two con artists. The rest of the boy's countrymen fear offending the idiot emperor, and so they abet the illusion.
A similar willingness to deny reality pervades our culture. We don't have a monarch with the power of life and death over us, but we do have a decadent ruling elite. They are tightening the screws on what we can say in public, at work, or even over the internet if we know what's good for us.
Take syndicated advice columnist Amy Dickinson, who has appeared on "The Today Show," "Good Morning America" and National Public Radio and who replaced longtime advice columnist Ann Landers at the Chicago Tribune.
In 150 papers including The Washington Post, Ms. Dickinson, like many of today's advice columnists, condemns those who resist the latest breakdown in sexual morality.
This past week, she chastised a letter writer for expressing discomfort with a 40-year-old man "seeing" his or her (it's not clear from the letter) 20-year-old brother.
The writer, who signed the letter as "Dreading," wrote that "the fact that [my younger brother] is gay isn't exactly shocking, but it's something we are all still adjusting to." The younger brother wants to bring the man to a family gathering (because another brother, after all, is bringing his girlfriend). The parents are afraid to say anything, and "the whole situation makes me dread going home. I don't want to be forced into an awkward situation."
What a delicious dish to serve up to Amy. Why, it's so perfect for her purposes that it reads almost as if she made it up herself.
"My first reaction is to wonder why you need so much time to process this simple (and "not shocking") news, and why this makes you so uncomfortable," she writes. "I don't want to label you as a homophobe, and yet: You are filled with dread and anxiety about the 'awkwardness' of your brother's sexuality. You have an aversion to it. This seems pretty phobic to me."
A phobia is an "irrational, excessive or persistent fear," according to Webster's. It smacks of mental illness.
After hammering "Dreading" a bit more, she concludes with this: "Grow up!"
Leaving aside her refined argumentation, Amy shows little concern over a guy just out of his teens being pursued by a man 20 years older. If it were a 20-year-old younger sister who was being hit on by a 40-year-old man, would it be immature to ask a few questions and express some worry? Or would that be "sexist?"
As moral relativism sweeps through the culture, we're asked more and more to deny obvious truths and instead swallow whoppers like these:
I could go on. But so many naked emperors are on the loose that it might make even that little boy in the story think twice before bucking the New Order.
Robert Knight is an author and Washington Times contributor. This column first appeared on The Washington Times' website.
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