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  May 14, 2017

Pockets of Civilization

It's not that educated people no longer prefer the greatest works of philosophy, literature, and art ever created. They aren't remotely familiar with them. They don't refute, disagree, or denounce Spengler, Schopenhauer, or Beethoven -- they're totally unfamiliar.

Without book burnings or censorship, just a removal of the intellectual class from public life and allowing cultural standards to be established by the entertainment industry instead of natural culture.

Our elites aren't noble, cultured, wise, exemplars, or responsible. They aren't intellectuals, artists, organizers, or spiritual greats. They are scheming talkers stealing at public expense.

Culture made into a product is deliberately unenduring and quickly cycling its promotions to maximize product churn. When culture was natural, great works endured for centuries and were foundational, serving not only to make the best into common knowledge, raising civilization's consciousness, but allowing easy reference to Shakespearean plot lines or lessons in Aesop's fables.

Today's references are made to television shows or movies for no purpose and with nothing to learn from the mention except that someone was lonely, has poor taste, and lacks curiosity to find anything good.

Why explore Beethoven's piano sonatas when the new Beyonce album just dropped?

They replaced the naturally valuable with contrived garbage and taught everyone to prefer the vastly inferior, ushering in an age of cultural poverty from which they could profit.

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