This excerpt is from chapter 2 of The KinderGarden of Eden: How the Modern Liberal Thinks:
Like Adam and Eve just prior to eating from the apple, the Modern Liberal has never had a mature thought in his life. That is, he has never once attempted to gather the facts, study the evidence and weigh these things in a rational formulation in order to seek out the rightful answers. This is because, like Adam and Eve in Eden, he’s never once had to.
The Modern Liberal was born into a life as close to paradise as any human being since God first created man. Having come of age in or after the 1960s, virtually everything that virtually every other human being, in literally every other time and in literally every other place, had had to think about – at its most basic, how to avoid things like disease, hunger, poverty and physical pain – had all but been eradicated just prior to the Modern Liberal’s entry into the sentient world.
It’s easy to forget – or just to have never thought about it at all – but America after the Second World War was not only unlike anything man had ever known, it was, in fact, the culmination of a “five- thousand year leap” forward in time. It was eons ahead of the technologies and medicines from not just earlier millennia or earlier centuries but, in many important ways, from just years and even months before. And every new dawn brought the promise – if not yet the achievement – of still another miraculous stride.
Thanks to the recent advances of Western Civilization in general and the Great Generations of Americans in particular (where the near-perfect balance between God and science had been struck), things like polio, chicken pox, smallpox, the flu as a death sentence and virtually any and every other monstrous disease that had plagued humanity – including the plague – were simply never part of the Modern Liberal’s life and therefore played no part in the Modern Liberal’s “thinking.”
From the time of his birth, poverty was so near to extinction that just to be able to call any American save for the utter fringe (most notably the drug- addled and the mentally ill) “impoverished” required that an entirely new definition be invented – a definition of such fabulous riches that it is easily conceivable that even kings and tsars and popes of yore might well have happily traded for it. Such, in fact, was the plot of the Eddie Murphy/Arsenio Hall movie Coming to America. And that was a modern-day kingdom.
During this time hunger became so easily avoidable that anyone who found a dollar in the street could enjoy a three-course gourmet meal prepared by a world-class chef, available for effortless microwaving at any of tens of thousands of 99 Cents Only and Dollar Stores. In fact, those born into this time and this place need never have even long suffered a headache or a charley horse as a drug recognized as nothing less than a miracle by those who had lived without it – aspirin – was never not in their lives and never not just a few steps away.
From the dawn of time until the dawn of the Modern Liberal era people had had to think – they had had to use their intellect in order to discover and then practice the better ways – because being wrong came with the potential for dire consequences. For millions and millions born in America after the Second World War, with these potential consequences all but eliminated, thinking became a relic, their mind nearly as unneeded and unused as their appendix.
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