The City of God and the Sack of Rome, Redux

Idealism and naiveté are perilous. They disconnect a person from reality and create expectations that are bound to be disappointed. The idealist is therefore set up for failure, and those who enable his naiveté do him a disservice.

In our day, many in the West perceive our civilization as the final stop on the train ride of history. As Francis Fukuyama argued in his book The End of History and the Last Man, hundreds of millions of naive normies believe that postmodern Western liberalism is the crème de la crème of all that has ever or will exist among mankind.

What, then, will they feel when it disappears?

I think that they will feel like the readers of The City of God, who had lived through the sack of Rome by the Visigoths, heard the tales of the rape and murder of Rome’s inhabitants, and had to wrap their brains around a once-unthinkable thought: that Rome was neither eternal nor invincible. People across the political spectrum share this expectation. Whether committed SJWs or ardent conservatives, few outside the Alt Right or the prepper communities can conceive of a world in which liberal American society does not prevail. Heck, …

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