Skip to comments.A Strange Sort of Blindness
Posted on 03/02/2009 2:27:42 PM PST by AJKauf
One thing that has always astonished me is how leftists can be blind to the wisdom of the very arts they love and sometimes even the arts they create. How can you tell me youre a Lord of the Rings fan and yet not understand that evil exists and must be defeated? How can you give an Oscar to No Country for Old Men and not realize that nihilistic chaos follows the breakdown of cultural norms and good manners? How can you read 1984 and continue to be a leftist at all?
Ive just finished reading the novel Blindness. Its first pages are loaded with rapturous reviews from such stridently left wing mouthpieces as the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Village Voice, the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post. The author, Jose Saramago, is a Portuguese Communist. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, which has itself become an instrument of leftist cultural engineering....
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I watch movies and read books with a conservative eye. Plus I’ve always liked to get an idea of the world the writer lived in. If we know what was happening in the writer’s world, we can usually spot where their reality bleeds over into their fantasy.
How can you give an Oscar to No Country for Old Men and not realize that nihilistic chaos follows the breakdown of cultural norms and good manners?
Simple. You just enjoy nihilistic chaos for its own sake, and never even consider what might have caused it.
The left, in general, think that they are addressing the world ‘intellectually’ and ‘progressively’. When I was barely in my 20’s I had some work acquaintances at a well known university who liked to wax philosophical. I came from a blue collar background, and wasn’t ever exposed to the Sherry-sipping crowd prior to then. That was the first time I heard the argument that Marx was brilliant and that communism was a good idea that just hadn’t been implemented properly. After awhile you come to realize that this is just the persona they’ve chosen for themselves. Sadly, they mostly don’t see that they are no more progressive or unique or intellectually enlightened than a bunch of 35-50 yr. old dead heads going to a concert in a van.
People who choose evil do so because they like evil. They like to think, talk, view, imagine, and do it.
That's cuz they ARE a "bunch of 35-50 yr. old dead heads going to a concert in a van".