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Pre-moderns did not distinguish between natural and supernatural. Dante's Comedy is the most complete pre-modern picture; Lewis's The Discarded Image explains this model.

The New Atheists are moderns or neo-moderns.

Postmodernism developed through Marx on the left and fascists on the right. Fascism failed hard but is making a comeback. Marxism has been more of a gradual failure.

No one is completely postmodernist because it is anti everything: anti-religion, anti-science, anti-reason.

If you reject postmodernism, what actions should you take?

What Not To Do

Don't change the world

Not all change is for the better.

Hitler and Marx changed the world.

Don't look for a messiah

American politicians now position themselves as messiahs.

You are a mess, so you will probably not change the world for the best. You can create a literal hell for yourself and others.

Upcoming video series: The Gospel According to Dante

Good intentions aren't enough: When Helping Hurts shows that sometimes charity does more harm than good.

Richard Rohr, not recommended except for his book on men Adam's Return, lists five hard truths of masculinity:

  1. Life is hard
  2. You are not important
  3. Your life is not about you
  4. You are not in control
  5. You are going to die

What To Do

Mother Theresa: If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.

39:10 Matt's contribution to the episode: another quote from a spiritual leader

Samwise Gamgee realizes he can't use The Ring, even to transform the world for good. It's arrogant to reach beyond your realm.

Jordan Peterson: sort yourself out. How can you change the world if you can't even clean your room?

Our purpose is to live well. Be a good spouse, good parent, good child.

Tarkovsky's The Sacrifice: find a simple thing to do faithfully

Next in the series: how do we preserve culture?