What’s Wrong with the World?

This essay is in many parts


  1. Comment by victor:

    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. Comment by Alexander:

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

  3. Ping from What’s Wrong with ‘What’s Wrong with the World’? | John C. Wright's Journal:

    […] A reader with name of Flaming Phonebook asks a few burning questions, and called forward an imaginary Modern to give witness to the reasoning behind the Modern mind, discussed at (g’normous) length in my manifesto here. […]

  4. Comment by Will le Fey:

    Sweet merciful zombie Jesus tapdancing Christ on a pogo stick…

    • Comment by John C Wright:

      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. Comment by joeclark77:

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

  6. Comment by Nostreculsus:

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

    • Comment by John C Wright:

      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.

      • Comment by Nostreculsus:

        “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

        • Comment by John C Wright:

          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.

        • Comment by John Hutchins:

          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.

    • Comment by Mary:

      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. Comment by John Hutchins:

    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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