Reader John

St Anthony the GreatI am a retired lawyer and an Orthodox Christian, living in a collapsing civilization, the modern West. That it is collapsing is partly due to calculated subversion, summarized by the moniker “deathworks.”

There are things I’ll miss when they’re gone, such as the true, the good and the beautiful. They just aren’t “bankable,” and thus count for nothing among the ascendant barbarians.

There are others I won’t miss. (Well, maybe I’ll miss them in the sense of “I didn’t think it could get any worse, but I was wrong.”) Like SuperBowl, a violent spectacle with a pornographic center and a sentimental militaristic wrapper. In 2020, they unironically sur-added a “girl empowerment” theme to the the halftime striptease.

I still believe all that, and I still love my Avatar, but man!, has 2020 ever been life-changing for me! Politics, pandemic, economic pandemonium, opportunists taking advantage of progressive demonstrations to riot and loot, progressive demonstrators who don’t care enough to stop giving the thugs their cover, alt-right cosplayers deputizing themselves to protect the Murican Way of Life, and more.

I’m writing 10/1/20, too close to events to sort it all out. But I stopped wallowing in the news, stopped flattering myself that I could make any major difference if I just found the right words, dropped Facebook (yesterday), jacked up my book reading. I’m just not in a mood to rage against the dying of the light any more. Truth, goodness and beauty are trump.

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