if society is left to develop naturally, traditional values will be difficult to preserve, and the trend of social development will always be to constantly eliminate the past, the new generation will inevitably have no concept of the past, and without education there will be no continuity. …. Who, then, will perform this social function? Everyone who thinks about social stability and development, I am afraid, must first think about this issue.-Wang Huning
This is one of the more difficult truths to swallow, because it reveals how much more work has to be done by, essentially, unpaid volunteers. Removing organized crime from power may be the first step, but it’s far from over after that, and what unites the warring dissident factions if not a common enemy? The future is not bright.
The way forward seems to be the construction of a new founding myth which contextualizes the survivors’ continuity from the previous decadent civilization, the current-day West. It’s not enough to say “Sodom was a bad place full of bad people” because then your kids will think “Hang on though, doesn’t that make us bad too?” The original founding myth of America was “England was a bad place, we escaped here because we’re the rare few good ones and the proof is that we overcame the struggles of the Atlantic Ocean, the frontier, and the war for independence.”
How would you describe the filter that selected you, oh reader, since we conceive of ourselves as the rare few good Westerners? Or maybe I should say the filter we expect will predict will select us, since nothing’s for sure yet. I’m thinking of Dutton’s theory as I write this, that de facto insanity is the new crucible of purifying selection, replacing child mortality. Could you describe this process in a way that a six-year-old child could understand? What’s the analogue to a tricorn hat? To those of you who can be bothered to think about these questions seriously: please resist the urge to refer to internet meme culture. It’s not real. A single solar flare would erase your Sonic OC community’s culture in its entirety.
I could tell a three year old “We fought the king of England with muskets because he was a bad guy” and we could play dress-up as bluecoats and redcoats for five minutes and the three year old would understand what it means to be an American forever. We gotta get it down to something that simple and concrete for the various refugias.
Just in case you didn’t notice, the title of this post is funny.