The death of reason is exaggerated. Reason is not dead; rather it is circling the drain of totalitarian despotism.
Reason itself does not exist apart from a moral foundation. It is reasonable to stop at a red, octangal with the word “Stop” posted on it when driving in your car. Why is it reasonable? Because there is a tradition of authority represented on that sign that we understand: our individual best interest is served by stopping. Therefore, as a corallary, it is in our collective best interest to obey the sign. Apart from the historical development of the Stop Sign, there is no reason to stop.
Reason has to be supported by an understanding of truth. The Western Culture of Judeo-Christian belief (hence forth referred to simply as Western Culture) holds that truth is revealed, objective and universal: Revealed by both nature and nature’s God, understood without the judgement of ideology and the same for humanity regardless of time and space.
Contrary to this understanding of truth (revealed, objective and universal) is the dogma of discovery, subjectivism and relavitism. A dogma that does not have a singular home, but rather is wide spread amongs various idealogies that have only one common tenant: The death of Western Culture.
Western Culture believes 1+1=2. The dogma of contraism believes 1+1= anything but 2.
There is no one singular entity that represents a threat to Western Culture, rather there is the singular idea that truth must be discovered, is subjective to the individual and therefore relative. From Muhommad to Khomeni, Rousseau to Ropspierre to Pol Pot, Marx to Stalin to Castro…..it doesn’t matter, the end goal was the same. Death to Western Culture.
Example: Is it reasonable to abort children? If your epistemological foundation is Judeo-Christianity tradition then the answer is “No”. Human life belongs to God, and except for the agency of human government to punish the guilty, the end of a life is His.
If your world view is that an unborn child is the property of the woman, then your answer would be “Yes”. Property can be acquired and disposed of at will of the possessor.
More to follow.
Used up my word count.