An all too common response to this line of discussion is what in another context has been called “willful blindness.” That is, we so desire for our lives to be comfortable and safe that we purposely avoid engagement with information that threatens our sense of security. Were the descent of environmentalism into genocidal madness the only event of this kind perhaps it could possibly be written off.
But, it is not. In fact, the entire project of seeking an unearned position of moral superiority has led to similar evil outcomes. I’ve previously discussed this aspect of the “animal rights” movement among many others. Were we to create a generalized statement for how to rise to the very top of faux-moral superiority in Western Civilization it might be something like this.
Ultimate moral superiority can only be obtained by taking the position that your civilization, nation, religion, economy, culture and self are so irredeemably evil that they should all cease to exist.
This is the place that we have been willingly, even enthusiastically led by those who hate everything that we hold dear. And, one of the primary reasons that they have been so successful is that we who know better have chosen to remain silent. After all, why bother to speak up when those seeking our destruction wield so much social, economic and emotional power?
It has been observed that “civilizations die by suicide, not by murder.” If we seek the ideological thread that ties together environmentalism, pacifism, animal rights, open borders, abortion, multiculturalism, intersectionality and many other radical movements it is a carefully cultivated civilizational, national and personal self-hatred and consequent suicidal impulse.
Thus, we have been effectively cut off from the Judeo-Christian understanding of humanity (Genesis 1:26-31) …
Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.
God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.
… as well as the Christian assessment of human worth (Romans 5:8):
but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
There are many people in our nation to whom these Biblical passages are falsified by the human ideologies into which they have placed their allegiance. They work incessantly to convince Christians to abandon their faith so as to align themselves with the misanthropic human ideologies at large in our culture.
So, regardless of the cost, those of us who know better must find the courage to speak up against this rising tide of destruction. Otherwise our cowardice will testify against us when the time of accounting arrives.