#usa #christianity #history #bible #politics American Cohesion Cannot Co-Exist With Secularism

If we can't define what unites us, is it any wonder that we're in chaos?

Sarah Corriher
10 hr ago

America stands apart from Western nations of the past because it is not united based on shared ethnicity as one would see in the German, English, or French cultures of old. So its identity must be predicated on something else. Historically, Americans were raised to feel united on the basis of shared values, a shared central faith, a noble history, and the ideal that anyone could prosper and have his variant of the “American dream”. Now, we live in a time when none of this seems certain.

Those who enter American colleges and some high schools are educated about the woes of American history, in which America is compared with a utopia, and found wanting. While most Americans still identify with some variant of Christianity, the idea of it being a uniting force seems laughable. Most reject the idea of basing public policy on Christian ideals, for example. It seems implausible that we could even generate a list of shared values that the majority of people could agree to. After all, we live in a time when there is no unity on such constants as whether man and women are interchangeable and gender itself is malleable. The existence of tremendous wealth mobility in American life created a culture that was perceivably fair — that a person’s financial situation was the product of his effort. In the wake of COVID-excused shutdowns, small and medium-sized businesses were forcibly closed, which resulted in a massive transfer of wealth from the middle class to the ultra-rich. The long-term effects of this bureaucratic disaster will last for decades, impacting not just the financial disparities, but also having ramifications for those who wish to seek gainful employment at businesses that value the humanity of the employees, such as by not coercing them into unwanted vaccination.

If one accepts that modern Americans have no sense of shared direction, then the chaos that we see around us was long inevitable. Instead of seeking remedy for this state of being, the dominant class parrots the narrative that we must succeed through the embrace of diversity. However, diversity makes for an almost polar opposite of unity. We do not become more united through difference. Even in small circles, our friends become such through shared interests and values, not through the absence of such connection.

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