Another sign of the death of Britain
I don’t keep saying that Britain is dead because I want to make British readers and others despair of themselves and the future; I say it because (a) it is something I’m seeing; and (b) if the British are dead, the only hope for them is that they realize that they are dead and turn again toward life. In the below post, Howard Sutherland goes beyond my point and suggests there may be no hope for the British at all.
Mr. Sutherland writes:
You argue that once-Great Britain is dead. While I would love to disagree with you, I don’t think I can. I do, however, cling to the belief that people can change, that Britons can see what they face and what they are losing and revive themselves and make Britain great and British again. It’s a long shot, but I still share your belief that Britain can be restored.LA replies:
The coldness within many British of which Mr. Sutherland speaks is something I began to become conscious of at some point in the 1990s. I do not mean personal coldness, because it could co-exist with personal friendliness, but rather a quality, almost a metaphysical quality, that informed a person. I became aware of it at the same moment that I intuited their atheism—I say intuited because it wasn’t based, at least primarily, on anything explicit they said about God or anything else, but on an inner quality they projected. I saw the two things simultaneously: the metaphysical coldness, and the atheism. The two appear together and indeed are the same thing.Gintas J. writes:
You discuss the metaphysical coldness, and the atheism, of Britons. I suggest that such a state in a pre-Christian society is qualitatively different—more hopeful—than such a state in a post-Christian society. The post-Christian society has been exposed to Christianity, and has abandoned it. It has burned through its Christian chance, so to speak. Certainly that is not true of any given individual, but notice the coldness of much of Europe in general to Christianity. They seem to think it’s about trying to extract money from people. That post-Christian attitude seems to me to have a deadening effect, which we see in Great Britain.
I am reminded of a scene in “A Man for All Seasons.” Sir Thomas More is on trial at the end, and Richard Rich perjures himself to have More convicted. More sees a badge on Rich. On finding out it’s for a position in Wales (which he gained as the reward for the perjury), More says, “What good does it profit a man to gain the whole world but forfeit his soul. But for Wales?” The West is forfeiting its soul, but is not even gaining anything.
Since we’re talking about coldness, what Gintas has said is I suppose the most chilling observation that could ever be made.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at April 16, 2007 11:03 PM | Send