Aristotle Was Right

Saturday, November 18, 2017
by Patrick Dorinson

There is a severe crisis in America that threatens to crumble the already weakened foundations of our Republic bringing it crashing it down on our heads.

It is not an economic crisis nor is it a foreign policy crisis.

It is the moral and ethical crisis that has been building for many decades.

Like our national debts the bill for disregarding and even mocking the moral and ethical pillars of American society has come due.

And like our fiscal and financial debts we can no longer avoid the reckoning that has begun.

As a society we are now being forced to look at what we have allowed to happen.

And make no mistake we have allowed it to happen

The seven deadly sins of vanity, envy, gluttony, lust, anger, greed and sloth are now celebrated in our culture by Hollywood and then dumped in the sewer of the internet, television and movie theaters to pollute the minds of our children who now believe this is the norm.

At the same time the entertainment industrial complex laughs at those who profess a belief in the seven contrary virtues of humility, kindness, abstinence, chastity, patience, generosity and diligence.

And while they produce this swill they also preach their own brand of political correctness about what they think our society should look and act like.

Late night TV hosts and the so-called comedians who appear with them are smutty smug elitists whose every joke is either political or has some crude sexual overtone.

If you need to use four letter words to get a laugh you ain’t very funny.

And it’s not just what is produced for our voracious media appetites, it is who is producing it.

With the revelations about Harvey Weinstein and others too numerous to name we are finding out that for all these years while they preached to us a phony narrative about a ‘war on women’ they were privately debauching and debasing women with no fear of reprisal because they held the power of life and death  over their careers.

Unfortunately Hollywood on the West Coast is not the only place of power where moral decay is eating away at what is left of decent society.

Our nation’s capital on the East Coast has now been exposed as another place where some but not all powerful men treat powerless women as playthings as they roam the halls of Congress bloviating and pontificating false promises to us all the while looking for prey.

Don’t think so?

Then why over the last 10 to 15 years has Congress paid out $15 million of your money to settle sexual harassment claims?

Under what appropriation did this fall under?

And what will they do now that they have been exposed?

Why the leaders of Congress have decided to mandate sexual harassment training!

So we need to teach grown men what is wrong about sexual harassment?

Isn’t this something they should have learned at the knee of the most important woman in their life like their mother?

If taxpayers need to fund this kind of training it is already too late. I’m sure if they put it up for a vote it wouldn’t be unanimous and there would be amendments and exceptions.

 And it is not just the powerful preying on the powerless.

There is also the problem with young women who have grown up in this sex-obsessed culture and by that I mean the almost daily story in the media about a female school teacher having sex with her male students.

And what about young men drugging women and then raping them and taking pictures to ‘share’ on social media?

Or what about bullying to the point where young people feel the only way out is to commit the ultimate act of suicide to make it stop?

Where are the adults who are going to put their foot down and once again take charge and put an end to letting the children think they are running things?

Don’t get me wrong there are plenty of parents doing the right thing but they are fighting an uphill battle when those who have built this empire of cultural sleaze are calling the shots.

They need help but when even our putative leaders are part of the problem where can they turn?

We are told by the wizards of Silicon Valley that technology will solve many of the great challenges we face.

But computers no matter how sophisticated can’t solve moral and ethical issues.

There will never be an ‘app’ on your phone that will tell you the difference between right and wrong.

Either you know it deep inside you or you don’t.

So here is your Cowboy Wisdom for the Week and it comes from one the greatest men in human history, the Greek philosopher Aristotle

“We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but rather have those because we act rightly”.

The words of Aristotle are some of the basic philosophical underpinnings that make up the foundation of Western Civilization and this Republic.

As I said in the beginning this foundation is crumbling.

If we want to return to a world where virtue and excellence are the things we strive to achieve both as individuals and as a society, we just need to ‘act rightly’ as Aristotle said.

If we don’t we should understand that the consequences for not doing so are grave.