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The dangers of our
passionless American life

The Week, by Matt K. Lewis

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 8/30/2014 4:34:43 AM

Many of my fellow conservative columnists have lamented in recent weeks that the troubling trend of Western men voyaging to the Middle East to become terrorists has its roots in the stultifying boredom of life in modern capitalistic society. TheWeek.com´s Michael Brendan Dougherty´s explored the topic in a post called "How the West produces jihadi tourists." The New York Times´ Ross Douthat ventured into similar territory in his "Our thoroughly modern enemies." National Review´s Charles C.W. Cooke was on board, too, in a post titled "Sadly, totalitarianism is exciting." "One reason that liberty can be difficult to preserve is that

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Udanja99, 8/30/2014 7:43:42 AM     (No. 9986914)

They aren´t bored. They´re EVIL.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Husker Infidel, 8/30/2014 7:44:11 AM     (No. 9986915)

I just read an article linked to Drudge about the government publishing instructions on how to safely roast marshmallows. If American life is getting boring for some people and they feel they have no purpose, then I blame the government. I believe it´s intentional. Matt K. Lewis said in his article that the American Dream need not be like "Revolutionary Road". He said that American life was built on a sense of destiny and adventure. I believe many still have that sense: Those who join the military and those who start businesses, for example. However, there are government bureaucrats and nanny state politicians who want to destroy any sense of purpose so they can control our lives.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: planetgeo, 8/30/2014 8:15:26 AM     (No. 9986941)

The featuring of an article such as this illuminates the wisdom of our hostess. It gets beyond the individual issues of the day and delves into the basic, root origins of human behavior on a large scale.

In this case, what exactly is it that causes Western cultures to become "passionless"? The author only touches on it briefly with a quote about the loss of Christian values. That certainly is true, but I believe it´s even more basic. Western cultures have essentially become atheistic and replaced the concept of God with "Self" as the center of their universe. Once that happens, the gravitation to comfort, pleasure, and all sorts of unprincipled behavior becomes inevitable. Why? Because the Self pursues what it Wants.

The "blue" states, and the Democrat Party, have really become "selfies" and the Self Party. Abortions of convenience, marriages of non-marriageable partners, extortion of the labor of others, drugs...all of these behaviors become their unprincipled, self pleasure-driven standards. And over time, because Self never gets satisfied, such people and such cultures get "passionless".

And in so doing, they get ripe for conquest.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: M2, 8/30/2014 8:21:26 AM     (No. 9986945)

This article is simply-written but delivers a message that could easily be dismissed if not read carefully; that purpose and a sense of meaning separates the passionless people from those with passion, and it is passion (about something transcendent) that gives life meaning.

...young men have craved honor and glory. But when there´s no communal higher calling, and no Wild West frontier for those afflicted with wanderlust to conquer, they´re left empty. Playing video games isn´t enough.

It was clear by watching our anything-goes culture in America, that young people will need a bigger high than the last one.

When you turn sexuality into something meaningless, and drugs into something that do not really matter, and friendship into expediency, and religion into something only weak unintelligent people engage in, you must have something else to make you feel alive. So you choose that which threatens your own life or the lives of others, something that is dangerous, forbidden.

What we are seeing in America today is a direct result of the loss of several things, not the least of which is shared religion; Christianity and Judaism in this case.

When people elevate their lives by faith in something transcendent, God, they become people who feel their lives are meaningful, dedicated to glorifying God rather than glorifying their own accomplishments.

America is at a cultural crossroads where everything that was sacrosanct has been de-sanctified by secularists, Hollywood, music, education and much of art. Young people are adrift in a secular world that will not give them something to look forward to. So they are turning to the next high, even if it means violence and blood.

You cannot take away the sacred and replace it with the profane, and still have meaning to your life.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: ruready?, 8/30/2014 8:36:49 AM     (No. 9986959)

By definition, evolution is a life with no hope and abortion is just a choice. Two poison pills of liberalism.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: TunnelRat, 8/30/2014 8:39:52 AM     (No. 9986963)

I dunno, maybe it´s just boring to live on welfare...

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Reply 7 - Posted by: uno, 8/30/2014 8:48:26 AM     (No. 9986971)

I think a lot of people today have been lulled into complacency by the everyday level of violence we see on TV. Beheadings are just "TV" and not real to many who are simply jaded or insensitized to real violence until it happens to them or their family.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: WAN2, 8/30/2014 9:02:10 AM     (No. 9986990)

Or, freedom leads to prosperity then softness. ´Twas ever thus. Think frogs in kettles of heating water. When the real danger becomes evident, we´ll not be able to jump.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: jglas, 8/30/2014 9:33:08 AM     (No. 9987036)

Maybe some of those bored youths running off to fight for the jihadis with religious conviction might have run off to join the US military to fight against the jihadis with religious conviction if the US military didn´t discourage religion and if they hadn´t quit fighting the jihadis.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: saucy, 8/30/2014 9:59:26 AM     (No. 9987052)

Maybe our American "boredom" is a golden opportunity for thoughtful meditation.

...oh my.....there might be something higher and more important than just us.....hmmm

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Reply 11 - Posted by: krause, 8/30/2014 10:10:02 AM     (No. 9987064)

Life in the US is pretty good all around, that´s why politicians, especially democrats, have to fraudulently make up issues, tell folks they are victims, and create bogeymen to gin up their base, in order to stay in office.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: RancherJack, 8/30/2014 10:35:56 AM     (No. 9987099)

To the soulless, evil is exciting ..

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Reply 13 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua, 8/30/2014 12:24:42 PM     (No. 9987279)

When you believe in nothing, you will believe in anything. There is a fertile hunting ground for groups like ISIL and others.

When you tell people its ok to be lazy, to lie, cheat, steal, to rob, assault others, to murder and destroy, don´t be surprised when they turn into feral monsters.

The west´s Judaic-Christian background opposed such behavior, but it has been discarded by large parts of society.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Shucky, 8/30/2014 3:59:54 PM     (No. 9987500)

Yes, there is a small percentage of humanity that cannot get enough stimulation unless they are inflicting horror on others, it includes serial killers. They need to be identified, closely monitored, and either permanently subdued or destroyed at the first sign they start moving toward fulfilling their bloodlust, if not securely institutionalized sooner.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Lalo, 8/30/2014 8:08:09 PM     (No. 9987695)

A very thoughtful piece on something that needs to be explored.

A Facebook friend´s status today: A true rose has gravity. The empty sockets of representational roses called advertising, popular entertainment, fashion roses … rarely hit the mark of beauty, and only do so in revolt to their own base principals—to make the rose, this bounty of the earths flirtation, into the greatest banality. They give us plastic roses, virtual roses, roses ripped from the soil, perfumed, mass produced, photoshopped roses, without gravity, without darkness or shadow, without contrast, without the terrible…

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 8/30/2014 9:31:48 PM     (No. 9987755)

Idle hands are the devil´s workshop.

Life is what you make it. Frankly, I think it´s pretty exciting to raise your kids right, see them grow into responsible adults, be able to put dinner on the table, and pay the last bill and still have a dollar left in the checking account.

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