11th August – Mercator Net.
The world’s most dangerous idea would have to bear upon its biggest problems; these are not political or economic in nature, but ultimately cultural in origin – which is to say that they are in some way related to religion. It would be difficult not to include among them the breakdown of the family – the scale and speed of which is hard to imagine without the birth control pill. Though it promises “control” – an illusion – it has instead delivered discord, demographic disaster, and ultimately deflationary pressures in the economy. A similar frame of mind – “if it works, it is ok” – also justified the unscrupulous financial practices which contributed mightily to our present economic woes.
More precisely, then, our biggest problems can be traced back to moral and intellectual shortcomings which, in our present cultural climate, are no longer recognized as such. To point them out is to risk giving offense; contemporary life is thus governed by deceptive if fashionable convention rather than by truth.