Well, the Greeks rejected austerity measures in a referendum yesterday 61% to 39%. This should mean that Greece leaves the Eurozone but I doubt it. My guess is that the powers that be in the EU, afraid that the whole Euro edifice will crash, along with their phony baloney jobs, will craft together some sort of last minute mini-bailout to keep the Greeks in the Eurozone for a bit longer, making the ultimate collapse of the Eurozone that much more devastating. What all of this portends of course is the end of an era that is much larger than what happens to a minor Mediterranean economy, or even of the European economy. We are saying farewell to the era of Let’s Pretend.
Let’s Pretend began back in the ’60’s of the last century when it became a common belief among the intelligentsia of the West that the usual rules, what Kipling called the Gods of the Copybook Headings, that had governed human affairs since the dawn of Man no longer applied. We are clearly in the end game of this rubbish on stilts as reality keeps intruding. Summoning money out of thin air eventually comes to a crashing end, welfare states eventually collapse under their own weight, free sex burdens society with kids growing up fatherless and with adults that never grow up at all, imposing a common currency on nations with separate economies, banking systems and disparate cultures is delusional, and the list of collective flights from reality could go at great length.
In this end game we have the proponents of our Let’s Pretend Culture assuring us that sex is merely a made up distinction and that marriage includes joining men to men and women to women. Rather than ushering in a brave new world, this is a dying gasp of an exhausted project of reality denial. Of course we are not the first generation to engage in such a project. The lamentable chronicle of human folly and crime is replete with examples of societies collectively taking leave of their senses for a time. However, reality always wins in the end, and the return of reality is usually attended with the shedding of many human tears and the shedding of much human blood.
Then the Gods of the Market tumbled, and their smooth-tongued wizards withdrew
And the hearts of the meanest were humbled and began to believe it was true
That All is not Gold that Glitters, and Two and Two make Four
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings limped up to explain it once more.
As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man
There are only four things certain since Social Progress began.
That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
And the burnt Fool’s bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire;
And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!