It's not your imagination: civilized human society is collapsing. Communities no longer work toward a common good; children are no longer our first priority; businesses no longer value hard work; arts and skills have been lost; and gender is decided by the individual, not biology.
We cannot reverse national and global trends, says professor Anthony Esolen, but we can build communities that live up to humanity's promise and responsibility. In Out of the Ashes, Esolen identifies the gaping problems in our society and lays out a blueprint for reconstruction that puts our future in the hands of individuals focused on the good of the local community.
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Excellence is Esolen's standard and he met his standard again. Would that his vision could be accomplished. Everything conspires against it, the media, the Hollywood elite, the tech industry (cf. Snapchat), the banks: "a home equity line is perfect to consolidate credit card debt-finance last Saturday's steak dinner over 15 years." Each of us who share his vision must implement it within our own circle of influence and maybe, some day...
"Ought to bring you to your knees"
Some books inspire you. Others make you tremble and fall to your knees in repentance, horrified at the terrible things that you have helped create in the name of progress. If you are easily offended or prefer your spirituality to make you feel giggly inside, this isn't for you. If, on the other hand, you are willing to see that we have lived in error, and that The Spirit of the Age is leading us into a black hole, then you may proceed.
But be warned: even those who pledged allegiance to the Creator failed to heed the words of the Prophet Jeremiah. Don't expect this not to hurt, at least at times.
"A must read!"
Loved the book! The book is written in such a way as to put into your mind vivid images of what is wrong with our culture today and while it seems hopeless he is able to offer real solutions to the problems we face. Again, in the solutions, you are able to see the images of what our world could be if we can find the courage.
"Required reading for Christian fathers."
A man who sees the degradation of society and wants better for his children would do well to heed the advice in this book. Useful also for the classical educator.
A lot of "good ol' days" reminiscing and moralizing. I was hoping for a more forward looking book. This was a wordy, poetic over idealistic view of how everything used to be perfect. Not much inspiration for "Rebuilding American Culture" as the title suggests.
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