Madness overtakes nations as well as men. The 20th century is scarcely more than tales of the ravages of states that descended into lunacy. Our own time has not escaped this. We are as the Bourbons of old—we have forgotten nothing and we have learned nothing.
The history of state sponsored insanity began with Babel.
Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.
Their descendants are with us still and carry the same desires: To be as gods, to acquire worldly power and glory—‘to make a name’. There is much folly in such dreams.
A state goes mad when it believes that man is as clay, to be molded as the ruling class demands. This is nothing more than the desire to shatter and remake Creation—of men improving upon the very work of God, of men thus becoming gods themselves.
And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
As God fashioned man, so the State would refashion him and do away with any idea of a human nature shared by all men. Men were to be remade not with the face of Christ but with the imprint of something—or someone—else. This is the thread that is common to every State that has fallen into madness.
Such ideas go beyond even the iron rule of a Sparta or Rome. There man was not to be remade but simply governed by brute force. There was no attempt to refashion him. In modern times so ruled Saddam. That killer ground to paste hundreds of thousands of pieces of humanity but never had any intention to change man himself. Mugabe is likewise, as is Castro. These creatures are rather limited in their desire to imitate God. Simple murder suffices.
The French Revolution was the first modern example of a nation descending into psychosis. We learn about this cataclysm as if it were just another item in the long parade of European wars, rebellions, usurpations and general mischief making. It was nothing of the sort. Every grotesque national madness that has infected and incarnadined the modern world appeared then. Gender confusion, sexual immorality, perversion, mass murder, totalitarianism, tyranny, State sponsored terror, a war against Christianity, paganism, wars civil and foreign—all were present.
The war against God was obvious—and necessary. He had to be dethroned to allow the State to change the very nature of His Creation. Everywhere Churches were vandalized, Bibles and icons destroyed, nuns forced to marry, priests murdered, the Genesis derived seven day week replaced with one of ten days, Christ substituted with a ‘goddess of Reason’. The result of all of this bizarre paganism was an orgy of bloodletting and war that spread over the entire globe, subsuming nations and continents and providing history with one of its examples of anti-Christ, that proto-Hitler and ‘disturber of the world’ Napoleon Bonaparte.
In spite of this quarter century of madness, human nature remained unchanged. The French Revolution, like all attempts to refashion man, was a grotesque and bloody failure. One would have thought that there would be no further attempts to alter human nature. One would be wrong.
We saw just that sort of thing in Lenin’s ‘New Soviet Man’, in Nazi totalitarianism, in China’s ‘Great Leap Forward’, in the Khmer Rouge, in Japanese militarism—and all these experiments ended in great orgies of blood, ruined nations and idiocy.
Even the seemingly mild socialist experiments to alter human nature have all failed. Those of Robert Owen (1771 – 1858) are typical. His views on religion were right in line with all those who would treat man as clay. Owen claimed that all religions were “based on the same absurd imagination.” A belief in religion made man “a weak, imbecile animal; a furious bigot and fanatic; or a miserable hypocrite.” Such words more accurately describe Hébert, Robespierre, Lenin, Hitler, Pol Pot and Mao.
Naturally this imbecile dreamer turned to pagan Spiritualism late in life. He believed that he could communicate with the dead by means of electricity. Odd, that mass murderer and failed remaker of human nature Lenin died while babbling about the marvels of electricity.
One reads of Owen and is thankful that he had no State sponsored apparatus behind him.
We must not imagine that we are free of dreamers who believe against all evidence that the nature of man is as malleable as clay. Any society that has so muddled gender roles as ours has is smack dab in the middle of a tremendous experiment with human nature.
It will fail just as all such have failed. And like them it will leave in its wake ruined men, a deranged culture and stacks of corpses.