Why It Feels Like We’re on the Threshold of a New Dark Age
Why the Lights of Civilization and Progress are Going Out — One by One I look at the world these days and I shudder. I wonder why more don’t. The lights are going out, one by one. The lights of democracy, progress, and civilization. “Going out,” though, is a poor choice of phrase. It’s inaccurate. […]

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Hussein Hallak

Why It Feels Like We’re on the Threshold of a New Dark Age

Why the Lights of Civilization and Progress are Going Out — One by One

I look at the world these days and I shudder. I wonder why more don’t. The lights are going out, one by one. The lights of democracy, progress, and civilization.

“Going out,” though, is a poor choice of phrase. It’s inaccurate. It hides more than it reveals. The lights are being extinguished by those who prefer the darkness. Untended, neglected, spent, even by those who should have cherished the light, they are turning dark. The winds, too roar, and the embers die. A dark age falls.

Let me explain what I mean a little bit — but I have a feeling that you already know.

In India, after a recent visit by a certain American President, what are politely called “riots” erupted. They are better called religious pogroms. Hindus turned on Muslims, in great waves of violence. But not just any kind of violence — old religious hatreds. What do I care about them, you ask? So what? Ah, my friend.

Let us examine, using that example, and your probable reaction to it, the forces causing the lights to go out.



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