What’s Wrong with the World?

This essay is in many parts

About John C Wright

John C. Wright is a practicing philosopher, a retired attorney, newspaperman, and newspaper editor, and a published author of science fiction. Once a Houyhnhnm, he was expelled from the august ranks of purely rational beings when he fell in love; but retains an honorary title.
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17 Responses to What’s Wrong with the World?

  1. victor says:

    Whoa! Posting a 22-part manifesto all at once? o_O You’re not planning on flying or driving anything into anything else are you?

  2. Alexander says:

    Yeah, I would’ve suggested making one post a day or something. Lets see if I finish it…

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  4. Will le Fey says:

    Sweet merciful zombie Jesus tapdancing Christ on a pogo stick…

    • Zombie? And here I thought Jesus was an anti-vampire. (Attracted rather than repelled by crosses, being pierced does not kill him, but rather restores him to life, and instead of drinking blood, he give his own for others to drink.)

      Although I do like the idea of the Twelve Apostles shambling across the Roman Empire, arms held out stiffly, muttering, “Souls! Souls! Save souls!”

      Okay, maybe not. But there must be something scary about Christians, otherwise my leftleaning friends would not turn into feral ferrets every time they see one.

  5. joeclark77 says:

    Links are still dead – 404s pointing at the (now offline) 2010 version.

  6. Nostreculsus says:

    What’s right with the world? Despair is still a sin. Haven’t other periods also been troubled?

    • I am assuming no one reading this series of posts is tempted to despair, or will think that is what I am counseling. This is a diagnosis: it is outlining what is wrong with the world.

      • Nostreculsus says:

        “As a rule however it duzn’t profit me to read Jeremiads against evil—the example of a little good has more effect.” – William James

        • Which is why it is a good idea to avoid dead-end philosophies like that of Mr William James. He can neither tolerate the diagnosis of the problem nor stomach the cure.

        • John Hutchins says:

          A little good does indeed have more effect, however clearly stating that somethings are evil or illogical which are not commonly seen as such by much of the current culture is also important. That is, for instance, what Jesus did: He both fed the thousands and gave the higher law, He both cured the sick and called the self righteous to repentance, He both prevented the stoning of the adulterous and called her to repentance.

    • Mary says:

      Not putting your hopes in this world is a much better escape from despair than hunting around in it for reasons to hope.

      (Though this may depend on what you mean, exactly, by “world.” C. S. Lewis’s Studies In Words has an interesting chapter on it.)

  7. John Hutchins says:

    Under the assumption that you are calling for people to drive the ideas of modernism back to the pit from whence they came and not the people that believe in said ideas, then this was pretty good even if I disagree with a few things.

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