It has never been easier to recognize that virtually all governments in the West have been structurally corrupted, that major corporations have been critically converged, that media have become inherently censurable, that education is fundamentally culpable, that organized Christianity has been hopelessly contaminated, that healthcare has been intrinsically degraded, that the arts have been intentionally debased, and that all the other things that comprise Western societies have, as a whole, become quagmires of immense material and spiritual decay (with the material being a part of the spiritual).
All of this is, or at least should be, easy to discern, implying that what remains of the good should also be easy to discern. Unfortunately, this is not the case. While the bulk of easily discernible evil is on full display in virtually everything exterior, the realm of detectable good has withered considerably in the external world, making it increasingly difficult to perceive, let alone identify.
The dominance of evil in the external does not imply that good does not exist “out there,” only that finding genuine, authentic, sincere good in the external world has become increasingly difficult.
Unlike previous generations, we cannot enjoy the luxury of autopilot mode when it comes to our societies and civilization.
We cannot go with the flow and remain comfortable in the assurance that all of the components of our societies and civilization, though flawed, are net good.
We must face the uncomfortable truth that our societies and civilization are net evil, make that our starting point, and travel forward from there.
Things coming to a point has made us freer, and for most, that’s precisely what makes it hard.