What we are seeing in Western society is a systematic attempt to break down all of the traditions and conventions and cultural mores that used to provide social cohesion and a unity of purpose. In short, the rules that have governed human interactions for thousands of years are being destroyed by ‘progressives’.
What will remain will be a quivering, pulsating wreck of an organism that has been torn apart by its contradictions and loss of direction.
A similar situation has already happened in the Art world. We have only have to look at modern art to realise what happens when the rules are thrown out. Subjectivity replaces objectivity.
There used to be a gradual progression to art. New forms and styles came in rarely. Part of the reason for this is that those elites that controlled the dissemination of art pushed back against changes to what was considered ‘art’. A famous example of this relates to the introduction of impressionism:
Impressionism coalesced in the 1860s when a group of painters including Claude Monet, and Renoir and others started pursuing a new form of painting. However, the art produced by these painters was not accepted by the organisation that had overseen the art world standards since 1667, the Academie des Beaux-Arts. This conflict between what these painters wanted to create and what was deemed permissible by the governing body of art led to a famous insurrection. The group held their own exhibition in 1874 that was an alternative to the ‘Salon de Paris’ exhibition held by the Academie. The exhibition they staged comprised works that had been submitted to the Salon but rejected by the Academie. Soon enough the group organised themselves as ‘Impressionists’. They adopted this label from an insult hurled by the press at one of Monet’s paintings, Impression, Sunrise.
And so a new art movement came of age.
There have been many art movements throughout human history: Prehistoric art; Ancient art; Medieval art; Renaissance art; Baroque art; Neoclassicism; Romanticism; Realism; Impressionism; Art Nouveau; Post Impressionism; Fauvism; Expressionism; Cubism; Surrealism; Abstract Expressionism; Pop Art; Contemporary Art.
Each movement had its own style and its own superstars that founded the movements for which they were the leading ambassadors. (Think Picasso for Cubism; Magritte for Surrealism; Warhol for Pop Art etc). Art started to become all about the artist. Each movement lasted less time than the movements that had preceded it. Art was speeding up. Art was shifting and splintering into new forms of expression all the time. The rules that dictated what was or wasn’t art were worn away. At some point art as something that could be appreciated objectively became something that could only be appreciated subjectively. Art became of matter of lived experience rather than universally recognised themes or symbolism or talent. And so we are now in the latest and, possibly, final art movement: Contemporary Art. Contemporary Art is the catch-all label that we use to describe any art that is produced these days. It is called ‘art’ yet we, the non-artworld punters don’t know why it’s art. We don’t get to decide what is or isn’t art. The liberal elites that curate Contemporary Art galleries decide it is art. We the punters must accept what we are told by our cultural overlords. We no longer know the rules. The rules are secret.
As it was with Art, so it will be with Society.
Society is experiencing the same fracturing of the rules of engagement that happened in the art world. For the last two thousand years, we were all bound by the same rules of biblical morality: The 10 Commandments; personal responsibility; care for your fellow man; modesty; putting the needs of others before your own etc. People who transgressed these rules could expect to be ostracised in some way. The rules were objective: they applied to everyone and everyone understood what they were. The Catholic Church was the gatekeeper for morality. As such, the Catholic Church was the equivalent of the Academie des Beaux Arts: the ultimate arbiter of the conventions we should all abide by. However, Catholicism’s grip on Western society was weakened by the arrival of Protestantism. Eventually, even Protestantism fractured as the Non Conformist religions sprung up. People were beginning to have a choice as to what rules they chose to follow. Biblical morality started to lose its power. Human morality started changing. New moralities emerged. Divorce became an empowering lifestyle choice. Homosexuality was accepted, then celebrated. The Pill freed women to have consequence-free sex. Therefore, a new morality was required to accommodate casual sex. Old morality was about putting others first. New morality became all about putting yourself first. Thus, the family unit reduced in importance. The rules that dictated morality were worn away.
Since 2014, things have sped up. Now we are in a place where there is no stigma to any way of life. No one is ostracised. We are told that all lifestyle choices are equally valid. People create bespoke versions of morality based on their own lived experience. Morality, like art, is now subjective. Objective morality, applicable to all, has been superceded. There is no shame in illegitimacy; there is no shame in single mothers; there is no shame in transient sex with any number of partners; there is no shame in any form of sexuality (Paedophilia is the one last bastion but even that is under assault). There is no shame in not knowing who is the father of your child.
To defend the traditional morality of society marks you out as a bigot.
We have torn down the rules to such an extent that even science no longer holds dominion over us. Science itself is now subject to lived experience. People have been given the power to decide what gender they are. We can also decide what race we are. We can choose to believe in anything that feels correct to us. Thus, academics can advocate that spelling is racist.
And that time is racist.
And liberal politicians decide that theft is no longer a crime.
The new gatekeepers of our behavioural mores are the liberal elites in the media and universities and liberal politicians. They decide which rules are no longer valid and which new rules we should follow. However, the same rules no longer apply to everyone. Different identity groups have different rules depending on where they exist on the Intersectional hierarchy. The rules are not intuitive. We no longer know the rules. The rules are secret.