Saturday, May 21, 2005

Worldviews

Dory at Wittenberg Gate discusses this book in a recent post.

Feminist Mistake: The Radical Impact of Feminism on Church and Culture
Feminist Mistake: The Radical Impact of Feminism on Church and Culture


She also makes reference to this book in the same post.

Universe Next Door: A Basic Worldview Catalog
Universe Next Door: A Basic Worldview Catalog


I'm one of those ladies who swallowed too much feminist drivel before I got out and took a look around for myself. It was amazing, really. All it took to cure me of staying in the sisterhood was taking a long walk off campus every day. Day after day my feminist mentors told me how unfair the world was to women; they said that the world had to be changed so we could have a fighting chance. Day after day on my walks I saw women playing tag with their kids and walking down sidewalks hand in hand with husbands, sharing laughter. It seemed a pretty nice world, actually, what I saw of it anyway. After a while it occurred to me that the women who were offering me advice weren't the least comfortable in their own skins, and the ladies I met on my walks were. Being young and misled but not entirely mindless or lost, I decided I needed to listen to more ladies who liked their own lives and knew how to get along with other people, men included. Thank goodness. It was a smart move on my part, if I do say so myself.

Having said that, it's only been in the last few years I've understood how far off the path we fell - and, worse yet, how much of what we did in those days was not only predicted - but planned - by folks who came along decades ahead of us with a stated purpose of tearing society apart so that they could rebuild it from the ashes. I mean, we couldn't have been better foot soldiers for these people if we had tried. That we were utterly ignorant of our complicity doesn't make me feel any better.

For an interesting look at some of the people who snared so many of my generation, see The Intelligent Student's Guide to Survival, by Phillip Abbott Luce and Douglas Hyde, 1968, Viewpoint Books. It's out of print, but there are still a few used copies floating around. From the introduction, this excerpt:
Both Douglas Hyde and I are ex-communists. That may not mean much except that we did learn something about the operation and rationale of communism during our active membership. We hope that our experiences and insights will spur others not to make our mistakes, but instead to devote themselves to fighting totalitarinism in whatever form it may rear its ugly head.

2 comments:

Mark said...

The Universe Next Door was a college text of mine, and I still reach on occasion when a religion or worldview question surfaces. Funny how you can valuate a book based on how many bookshelf purges it survives. I would also recommend Pilgrim's Regress by C.S. Lewis, which puts into story form a philosophical journey that covers a lot of worldview territory.

Mark said...

Ha! I just noticed my typo. Meant to say "reach for it..." Funny--"reaching" is the temptation with metaphysics, isn't it? :-)