While the papers and the social media are full of last night’s Party leaders’ TV debate, I want to write about something else – something different, which made me think on this day, Good Friday.
I am thinking of two separate events happening in the last ten days, involving the murder of innocents. The number of deaths is nearly identical: 149 died in the mass murder-and suicide at the crash of the German airplane in the French Alps, see here , and there were 147 casualties yesterday in the terrorist attack on a university campus in Kenya, as reported here .
There is a connection beyond those bare, horrible numbers. The connection is indicative of these modern times, where the mass killing of innocents is regarded as the only method to attract attention to one’s ‘cause’, to make people take notice, to ‘change the system’.
How has it come to this?
Perhaps it is because we have not taken notice of the creeping, decades-long redefinition in our society of what can and cannot be condoned. Murder and terrorism in the name of so-called ‘freedom’ – a ‘freedom’ nearly always leading to more oppression and tyranny – has become accepted in the metropolitan circles of so-called opinion leaders who are also responsible for what is taught in our schools and universities, and what is a ‘proper’ subject for debate in our society at large, promoted through the MSM.
These people, these so-called “progressives”, have indoctrinated our young for such a long time that they don’t even notice any more the fallacy of blaming ‘racism’ for everything bad in the world while condoning mass murder, provided it is perpetrated by those belonging to now institutionalised groups of ‘victims’ – victims because of their skin colour or other factor – who are therefore permitted to kill.
The other strand to this phenomenon comes from that same attitude of “progressivism”. It has been taught in our schools and in academe for a very long time now. That is the doctrine best described as “all must have prizes”: every child is so special that they are never taught that they cannot have what they see as their right in real life. Thus we get someone like that German pilot who saw nothing wrong in taking the lives of innocent people because “the system” was taking his ‘dream’ away, because of his alleged mental instability, something he knew full well would disqualify him from being a pilot.
In the case of the Kenyan students – Christians all – who were killed and maimed, there won’t be much notice taken. After all, our opinion leaders in the MSM really can have nothing to say about this, since the perpetrators belong to one of their favourite victim groups and the victims belong to the one group which has been vilified for a very long time now, vilified to such an extent that it doesn’t even register on the attention scale of our Islington socialists that Christians have now become the most persecuted group worldwide. Anyway, it is a black-on-black terror act, “no white people to blame, so why should we care…”
In contrast, the mass murder by the German pilot has got everybody and their aunt pile in on the terrible thing that is the stigmatisation of the mentally ill. Yes, we all know that those suffering from depression are not going to turn into mass murders, and yes, life is very difficult for them – but no-one dares to observe that there are indeed some professions where, for the sake and safety of others, certain illnesses and treatments mean that one cannot have that dream job, even though one is so very special and surely deserves that prize. Have we really taught our children and young adults that their own gratification comes first, even to the detriment and death of a huge number of others?
It sadly looks that way.
Today is Good Friday, a day which has sunk below the horizon in our society – a society whose foundation is the Judaeo-Christian Faith, much as the metro-elite have tried to suppress it and wipe it from our society’s consciousness.
Perhaps we might reflect on this day of all, on Good Friday, how it is that in our present society there are so many who make excuses for actual mass murderers while ridiculing the one, true innocent who died the terrible death on the cross.
It is facile to blame all ills of the last two thousand years on the death of that one Man. So let me leave you with this quote from G.K. Chesterton, an Englishman who had a word or two to say about the people of England who haven’t spoken yet:
“Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.”
It’s never too late to try again …