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We have been trapped for years by a minority in our society that thinks that we live in a despicable country. Recently they are also making clear that the only solution to this “fact” is the destruction of our country. I believe that the deluded people who profess this worldview experience nothing but hopelessness in their lives. Unfortunately, those of us who don’t agree with them are slowly becoming infused with this sick approach to life. If we don’t wake up, we risk succumbing to this life-threatening disease.
The Federalist, in an article by Nathanael Blake, helped me diagnose the sickness of hopelessness of the Left. Many people have tried to understand the viciousness and destructiveness of Progressives by pointing to the draw of Marxist theory, the corruption of education, and the immaturity of many young people, to name a few. But these reasons only answer the “what” questions—what they are doing; they don’t answer the “why.”
I believe that living in an increasingly secular and prosperous country, people are desperate to find meaning and purpose. When you have no belief in G-d or in man, and you can’t identify what you can contribute to the world, there is only one mindset to embrace: hopelessness.
Hopelessness does provide a path out of confusion and frustration. You give yourself permission to relinquish any semblance of self-worth; if you have nothing to offer to society, you have no obligations to your community or to your fellow man. And if there is no loving G-d to serve, you are completely alone.
You are hopeless.
But as people have given up hope, they have been lured with a “cure”: Progressive thought. The Progressives tell them that they can be “saved” by the ideals of Progressive thought; that the world is a wretched place, but they can start all over again. They can envision wearing the mantle of “Creator” in this revolutionary approach. They will return the earth to the void and darkness and re-create a new world. Paradoxically, the path of hopelessness creates the New Hope.
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For many of us on the Right, this life view is anathema to everything we hold dear: life, liberty, faith, responsibility, creativity, values, morals, family—our list is inspiring and life-affirming. Yes, meeting our goals and obligations can be difficult, but our belief that many people are good, generous, and responsible inspires us to strive to become our best selves.
Living in a bombastic, persistent, and continual time of hopelessness is becoming very challenging. We aren’t lured by the Leftist agenda itself. We are, however, feeling discouraged, frustrated, bewildered and desperate at one time or another, as we watch our values and institutions being torn apart. In other words, in a different manner, we are doomed to watch the country destroyed, if we don’t find ways to fight these life-ending movements. We are subject to the disease of hopelessness. If we give in to hopelessness, they have won, and we are lost. If we aren’t creative enough to stymie them in their efforts, we lose more than our own wellbeing. We stand to lose much that gives life meaning.
We must fight to replace hopelessness with faith: faith in a divine presence, faith in this country and faith in each other.
We must. Or we are lost.Published in