Emboldened by a demonically-possessed elite, our civilization has rejected all meaning, religion, and tradition in the blind belief that materialism and the pursuit of pleasure alone would provide for and fulfill all of humanity's needs.
The problem is they don't.
And they never will.
Possessions and pleasure serve a purpose in life, but are not and cannot ever be the sole purpose of life. The irony of possessions is this: you start off possessing them, but they end up possessing you. And no matter how much you love them, they do not and cannot love you.
Pleasures, though quixotically addictive and fun, tend to fade rather quickly if they are not supported by the primacy of the spiritual. The void left behind immediately demands newer and newer pleasures until the idea of pleasure recoils back upon itself, becomes utterly perverted, and becomes saturated with sadism.
What remains after possessions turn cold and pleasures run black? More to the point, what remains after these possessions vanish and pleasures are withdrawn? What is left when the material is snatched from the materialists?
Not much. Nothing, in fact - as many of us are about to discover.
This point marks the border of nihilism, the vast poisonous belief desert of nothingness which inevitably leads to despair.
What is despair?
The complete loss of hope; the anguish of believing all has been lost; the torture of believing nothing can be done to save the present or the future. Poisonous whispers of crossing vast, hostile deserts without water; of being trapped in limitless oceans with no land in sight.
Despair is ultimate surrender; bitter capitulation; agonizing renunciation. The abandonment of hope. The rejection of faith. The refusal of love.
Against Good, a grievous sin. For evil, a most-coveted prize.
Past societies had built-in safety mechanisms to combat such torment, but our modern society has contemptuously cast these aside thinking, rather foolishly, that the fight against despair is one it would never have to fight. And in the unforeseen event that it would, it was assured that materialism and pleasure alone would provide it with all the weapons needed to win the battle.
Our modern society has been misled - and it has been misled in the most reprehensible and sinful manner it could possibly be misled.
People will be encouraged to despair as the wave of material catastrophe crashes over them - and many will find no other response than to despair. As their material worlds recede, they will allow the darkness of despair to corrode them until they crater like imploding stars and meekly surrender to evil the prize it seeks.
This why the rediscovery of faith, hope, and love are crucial - here; now. Faith, hope, and love are purpose and meaning and give us lives worth living and dying for.
Faith, hope, and love confirm that we can never be defeated even when it appears that we have been. All three are crucial and all three are needed; perhaps now more than ever.
Note added: This is a slightly modified re-post of an earlier post from this blog.