2019: The fall of Western civilisation?

Caption: The barbarians aren’t just at the gates, they’re in the ivory towers

Pinpointing the exact moment of civilisational collapse is a fraught challenge. Like most such collapses, the end of the Roman empire was a process played out over centuries, but a commonly accepted date of its final Fall is 476 AD when the Germanic general Odoacer forced out the teenaged emperor Romulus Augustus and proclaimed himself king of Italy.

When historians one day come to write the history of the Fall of Western Civilisation, will they choose 2019 as the definitive year? Jordan Peterson seems to think so. Quote:

Jordan Peterson warned of the end of Christianity and Western civilization on Wednesday after Cambridge University canceled his visiting fellowship at the Faculty of Divinity. End of quote.

For 800 years, Cambridge has been one of the epicentres of Western civilisation. No more, it seems. Quote:

Cambridge had offered Peterson the fellowship and he announced he was accepting it Monday on his YouTube channel. But earlier Wednesday, the venerable university publicly rescinded its offer, saying that after further review, it had determined that Peterson did not share its ?inclusive? values.

?[Cambridge] is an inclusive environment and we expect all our staff and visitors to uphold our principles. There is no place here for anyone who cannot,? a spokesperson for the university told The Guardian.

Students and faculty had protested the fellowship, apparently objecting to Peterson?s proudly ?politically incorrect? views about gender, race, climate change. End of quote.

Western civilisation once promulgated such admirable principles as rationalism, humanism and liberal democracy. Not any more. Today, ignorant, authoritarian mush like ?diversity? and ?inclusion? rule the civilisational roost. Quote:

?I think that it is deeply unfortunate that the authorities at the Divinity school in Cambridge decided that kowtowing to an ill-informed, ignorant and ideologically-addled mob trumped participating in an extensive online experiment in mass Christian and psychological education,? he said.

By missing the chance to spread the gospel via him, Peterson suggested, Cambridge may have doomed Christianity and Western civilization.

?Given the continued decline of church attendance, the rise in atheistic or agnostic sentiment, the increasing irrelevance of theological education and the collapse in interest in such matters among young people, wiser and more profound decisions might have been made,? he said.

?You see, it matters whether people around the world understand these ancient stories. It deeply matters. We are becoming unmoored, because we no longer share the structure these stories undergird. This is psychologically destabilizing. It?s producing a pathological and desperate nihilism that is increasingly common and, at the same time, a pronounced proclivity for the ideological certainty that mimics but cannot replace true religious belief. Both consequences are bound to be, as the evidence certainly indicates, divisive and truly dangerous.?

Peterson concluded: ?I think that it is no bloody wonder that the faith is declining (and with it, the values of the West, as it fragments) with cowards and mountebanks of the sort who manifested themselves today at the helm. I wish them the continued decline in relevance over the next few decades that they deeply and profoundly and diligently work toward and deserve.? End of quote.

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Here?s hoping that Peterson is being merely hyperbolic in reaction to losing a plum job. But Rome ultimately fell because its elite succumbed to intellectual and moral paralysis, while waves of barbarians overran the empire. The elite of Western civilisation today kowtow to the intellectual and moral vacuity of ?progressivism?, while they throw open the gates of the West.

The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.

W. B. Yeats
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