Most young Americans do not believe that moral truths exist. Many are incapable of asserting that anything, including killing for fun, is wrong beyond personal opinion.
This astounding assertion is made by Justin P. Mcbrayer, a philosophy professor at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. In an “Opinionator” (Op-Ed) piece he wrote for the New York Times, he states that fellow philosophy professors he has spoken with suggest that “the overwhelming majority of college freshmen in their classrooms view moral claims as mere opinions that are not true or are true only relative to culture.” He also avers that, as a philosophy professor himself, he already knew that “many” college-aged students don’t believe in moral facts.
To quote SNL’s Church Lady: “Well, isn’t that special?”
This really shouldn’t surprise anyone, though. Our kids are taught that Western Civilization is not only nothing special, but shot-through with racism, classism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, etc., etc., ad infinitum. Their schools and the mainstream media rarely miss a chance to hammer this (obvious falsehood) home. This despite the fact that the West has been responsible for otherwise impossible advances in medicine, health care, energy, transportation, communication, and computing, among many other disciplines. Oh, and human dignity and freedom. All while increasingly getting attacked because it uses resources to generate these advances.
Someone had to.
Or the world would still be stuck in the dark ages…which is where we will be returning to if we listen to the leftist, “progressive” elites that so despise us- and our history.
Mcbrayer recounts how he recently went to his son’s grade school and discovered that students there are taught that claims are either facts or opinions, but not both. They are given quizzes that command them to sort claims into one camp or the other. They are told that facts are things that are true, whereas an opinion is something that is believed. At one point he says to his son: “I believe that George Washington was the first president. Is that a fact or an opinion?” His son responded: “It’s a fact.” He replied: “But I believe it, and you said that what someone believes is an opinion.” His son responded by saying, “Yeah, but it’s true,” prompting him to ask, “So it’s both a fact and an opinion?”
His son, adrift in the Sea of Relativity, was unable to reply.
Professor Mcbrayer relates that his son’s class, for one homework assignment, was tasked with sorting facts from opinions. They were asked to categorize statements such as these:
*Copying homework assignments is wrong
*Cursing in school is inappropriate behavior
*All men are created equal
*Vegetarians are healthier than people who eat meat
*Drug dealers belong in prison
In every case, these claims were simply shunted into the “opinion” category, with the explanation being that these are all value claims and value claims are not facts. Every single value claim was labeled an opinion. You see, to the public school system, any claim purporting to be good, right or wrong is automatically ineligible to be considered a fact. And, if there are no moral facts, then there are no moral truths. Yet, that self-same school proclaims that students have a responsibility to respect the rights of others, which, by their own “logic,” is demonstrably untrue. That archaic statement is simply a value claim, or, as we now know, nothing more than somebody’s opinion. Remember, value claims are not now, nor have they ever been, “truths!”
Talk about the death of outrage! If there are no absolutes, no moral truths, then the entire criminal justice system- and the rule of law- are rendered anachronistic and obsolete. If all humans aren’t created equal, why vote for any political system that doesn’t benefit you over others? (We are seeing this mode of “thinking” come to the fore now).
When we ban the Ten Commandments from schools and public places, when we quit believing in God and our Judeo-Christian values, and mock the Bible instead of embracing it as our society’s primary moral reference work, moral poverty becomes a fait-accompli.
Societal collapse follows shortly thereafter, as the West is so clearly illustrating now.
And that’s a fact.