One of strangest aspects of this strange epoch is its inversion of past and future. In prior times the future was fluid: a rolling river with a thousand distributaries. In contrast the past was still, a story written in stone. The old was found in yesterday, the new in tomorrow.
But social progress doesn’t flow chronologically. Today the future is considered so obvious as to hardly bear mentioning: an endless genderless borderless mustard-brown morass chittering on iPhones. Fukuyama should have pursued his thesis further, as that is the end of history. For those examining the unknown, only the past is always changing.
Just how much the past has changed in their brief lives is something I think few young people well comprehend. When taught about WW2 as a boy, we learned of the Maginot Line, D-Day, the gruesome Eastern Front, the Battle of the Bulge, and some 60 million dead. Now I am advised local high schools devote the entirety of this topic’s curriculum to a very special fraction of that figure. The past is truly alive with change.
So I was heartened by recent correspondence from a reader who has also noticed history’s remarkable agility. He mentioned a couple of unearthed examples, and I encouraged him to reduce those thoughts to writing for sake of WordPress advertising revenue. What follows is his response.
To avoid teaching my children about miscegenation, two mommies is normal, and how evil white people are, I am relegated to browsing the musty shelves of second-hand book stores for knowledge as it was instead of what it has become. This is what I call the battle between old knowledge vs. modern knowledge.
Old knowledge is adherence to empirical data and historical accounts that today’s enlightened classes would rather not exist. Modern knowledge is a rapidly changing version of truth that floats on political currents like a turd swirling around in a toilet bowl. Facts today are more fluid than genders at an antifa march.
Let’s travel back to the ancient age of the early 1980s. There is not much written about this time being so long ago, but reminisce with me in the mythology of this backwards era.
I recently went out and bought an old set of encyclopedias from the early 1980s for my kids. I did it so they could avoid The Poz and read the old knowledge I had as a child. As a father you quickly discover that even books for infants today are packed with messages of diversity, perversion, and cultural destruction. Gotta poz em’ when they’re young. The old knowledge of books from 30+ years ago tend to avoid the worst of this rot so that is where I tend to look first for reading material.
I crack open my 1983 set of Funk and Wagnalls and I immediately discover two amazing things. One, there is no mention of the word “racism” anywhere in the “R” section. Secondly, and more frightening, there is no mention of the Holocaust either. These neanderthals in 1983 didn’t know about racism and, even worse, they actually thought that during WWII a lot more people were killed than just Jews. That makes my encyclopedias both racist and anti-semitic. The only thing the set didn’t come with was a white hood to don when reading.
Next we come to my atlas from the neo-Nazi publisher Reader’s Digest. It was made in 1968 (reprinted long ago in 1970) so this makes it old knowledge. This atlas has some very disturbing old knowledge diagrams. One diagram shows how man evolved differently.
This was a dark time when we were taught about evolution. Since then, we have learned that evolution is false. Today we all know that creationism is the modern knowledge. More specifically, we have leftist creationism. This is the idea that we are all different from the neck down, but from the neck up we are created exactly the same.
The fact that gene expression could produce such a wide variety of colors, strength, reflexes, and agility while completely ignoring IQ and group personality attributes in the human brain is amazing. Modern knowledge of genetics can even produce more than two genders as we are now told. In sum, we can have different physical attributes, and dozens of different genders, but intellectual capacity and behavioral traits are absolutely identical. Modern knowledge.
The second part I discovered in this almanac is a true mystery. It has a diagram showing conflict between Israel and Syria back in 842 BC. We all know the date should have been 2017. The fact that they got this wrong in 1968 when the almanac was first published must have been a typo.
How can it be that Jews were antagonizing Syria in 842 BC anyway? This Atlas makes it seem almost as if they’ve been at war in that region for thousands of years. That can’t be true because we are on the verge of peace in that region any day now. Old knowledge has lots of these kinds of typos I’m finding. I am going to write to Reader’s Digest to suggest a correction be issued.
Thankfully, Israel no longer has to do the fighting and instead has the U.S. to do it for them. It brings me great joy to know we can sacrifice our children for the sake of Israel today. Shalom, my friend.
The reading of old knowledge can actually be quite surprising even for a cynic like me. I am often amazed at what used to be taught as factual vs. what we see in our progressive era. When old knowledge intersects with modern sensibilities, our masters would prefer we stay out of the second hand book stores.