Does it seem like the world has gone mad?
One symptom of madness is being disconnected to reality. That can describe the whole mindset of postmodernism, which teaches that truth is a construction, not a discovery; a function of the will, not the intellect; a matter of political power, not rational inquiry.
Bari Weiss is a former writer and editor for the New York Times who was hounded from her job for refusing to conform to the canons of political correctness and the leftwing culture of the newsroom.
In a hostile interview on CNN, Weiss summarized her sense that the world has gone mad:
“When you have the chief reporter on the beat of COVID for The New York Times talking about how questioning or pursuing the question of the lab leak is racist, the world has gone mad. When you’re not able to say out loud and in public that there are differences between men and women, the world has gone mad. When we’re not allowed to acknowledge that rioting is rioting and it is bad and that silence is not violence, but violence is violence, the world has gone mad. When we’re not able to say that Hunter Biden’s laptop is a story worth pursuing, the world has gone mad. When, in the name of progress, young school children as young as kindergarten, are being separated in public schools because of their race and that is called progress rather than segregation, the world has gone mad.
What else makes you think that the world has gone mad? (I realize that opinions will differ, that one’s political or philosophical persuasion will lead to diagnoses about the sanity of the other side. But restrain yourself. After all, unfiltered effusions of emotion are also symptoms of madness.)