I’ve frequently observed that in this modern anti-west the future is seen as fixed; it’s the past that’s always changing. What this means to our minds, but noticeably not our bodies, is that the principles and perceptions of today project into an endless unchanging future. But since every day is eventually today, the Pristine Terminus begins anew with every sunrise.
However, the past isn’t nearly so placid, as it shuffles awkwardly trying to maintain pace with the present. The zeitgeist and mores of one week ago were different than one year ago; and being dead is no excuse for our forebears not to keep up. So good people in the past can become bad people in the past because their behavior hasn’t changed to meet the evolving standards we set for them each day. Fortunately for us, we will not be judged by customs we can’t even conceive, since the future is fixed and no one will ever think differently. Thank God!
Although very little time has been spent searching, I’ve never seen this concept articulated elsewhere. This may mean it’s a topic too obvious to merit discussion or, more likely, the only fascinated party is a goldfish. Well at last Neil deGrasse Tyson has some company. I didn’t bother to note whether the tweeter below was right, left, or in the move-a-billion-Africans-into-Minnesota mainstream. Yet he received some well-deserved accolades for independently quipsterizing my concept.
That cultural relativism across space means there are no universal principles or even implied reciprocity in that shrinking physical space between you and the superior cultures desperate to live under your roof. That’s why they can all engage in overt tribal troughing and advocacy, while you are only permitted to turn your pockets out while groveling. Thus vast cultural (i.e., racial) elasticity exists across space at precisely the same time.
In contrast, the tweeter recognizes that our morality on the temporal plane is completely rigid. The past is fully accountable to pieties today. Thus the extremely devout Stonewall Jackson is an anti-Christ then because Russell Moore says Christians can’t be pro-white now.
Obviously we can’t hold Tyrone, Ahmed, or Ari to such exquisite moral mandates, as that wouldn’t be at all reasonable. So, like General Jackson, only our own buried grandparents warrant disdain. Something tells me the not-at-all-fixed-in-reality future is going to render a far harsher judgement than what most liberals imagine.
I personally don’t spend a moment wondering whether my outlook will align with the social conventions of someone whose parents haven’t yet been born. That will be his concern, if he’s stupid. Because everyone lives in someone else’s past. I just don’t want my children living in someone else’s future.