Re: Weekly Off Topic Thread #118
02-03-2010 05:54:43 AM
The "Common Sense" this obituary refers to is a the decline of the notion of simple truths and shared values which have been under assault by postmodern moral relativism for quite some time. We used to take some comfort in the belief that our neighbor, whether he be a native or an an immigrant or of a different religion or culture, at least held to some of these truths and values. If there is an "anti-intellectualism" sentiment, it's because some elites have challenged these concepts and shaken the ground they stand on. It's impossible to deal with people if you now have no idea where on the "shades of grey continuum" they may be rooted, of if they have no roots at all.
Can we agree it's not okay to torture puppies? There is probably someone out there who doesn't, as well as someone else who defends this belief. Just don't ask me to be tolerant of either of them.