What is the point of trying to remain sane when the world has gone mad?
The madness of post-9/11 America was bad enough before the 2016 election. However, ever since the American electorate decided not to coronate Hillary Clinton as its first queen, the left has spun itself into levels of delusion the likes of which the most imaginative cynic could not have contemplated.
To stay sane in times like these not only feel like a neverending battle, but a losing one as well. To provide some context on where I’m coming from, I would like to highlight a couple of examples.
Seeing peace where there is none
To begin, let’s look at one aspect of the shocked reaction among so many on the left to Trump’s comments about violence occurring in Sweden.
This is what Trump said at a recent rally:
”We’ve got to keep our country safe. You look at what’s happening in Germany. You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this? Sweden. They took in large numbers. They’re having problems like they never thought possible,”
In response, CNN created a video in which it claims that “there were no reported terror attacks in Sweden on Friday”. But Trump didn’t say anything about terror attacks. Trump then tweeted where he received the information:
My statement as to what's happening in Sweden was in reference to a story that was broadcast on @FoxNews concerning immigrants & Sweden.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 19, 2017
In response to Trump’s remarks, the left went nuts, but none more than former Swedish prime minister Carl Bildt:
Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking? Questions abound. https://t.co/XWgw8Fz7tj
— Carl Bildt (@carlbildt) February 19, 2017
A New York Times article provided Bildt an opportunity to expand on his reaction to Trump’s remarks:
“We are used to seeing the president of the U.S. as one of the most well-informed persons in the world, also well aware of the importance of what he says,” Carl Bildt, a former prime minister of Sweden, said by email on Monday. “And then, suddenly, we see him engaging in misinformation and slander against a truly friendly country, obviously relying on sources of a quality that at best could be described as dubious.”
I honestly don’t know what makes Bildt look more clueless: calling Trump’s remarks misinformed while riots continued to occur in Sweden, or his characterizing previous American presidents as well-informed. After all, it was in his country where Barack Obama, who became the first president in American history to have been at war during his entire time in office, and whose foreign policies contributed to the very refugee problem Sweden is currently struggling with, received the Nobel Peace Prize.
According to statistics analyzed by the Sydsvenskan newspaper, Malmo has a “murder index” of 3.4 when homicides for one hundred thousand inhabitants are taken into account, a “a very high figure” according to the report.
This compares to bigger but less dangerous cities in western Europe like Paris (1.8), London (1.3), Copenhagen (1.1) and Berlin (1.0).
Having recorded 11 murders in 2016, Malmo is easily the most dangerous city in the entire Nordic region.
Mass riots, torching of vehicles and sexual assaults have become routine in Malmo and other cities since Sweden opened its doors to mass immigration. The influx of new migrants as a result of the refugee crisis has only made the situation worse.
The situation in Sweden is so dire that even some Somali immigrants are considering returning home, saying that areas of some Swedish cities are more dangerous than their notorious homeland.
Malmo is the perfect example of what happens when mass immigration is allowed to swamp a city. Malmo is now known as “Sweden’s Chicago”.
43% of the population are from a foreign background, with the largest contingent of immigrants coming from Iraq.
When political leaders speak as if none of these horrible things have happened, is it any wonder that the nightmares continue?
I’m still with her
Meanwhile, the Daily Caller found a website that posts articles as if Hillary Clinton actually won the election:
Liberals seeking refuge from reality now have a fake news website where they can pretend to live in a world where Hillary Clinton is president.
“Approval ratings for President Clinton hit 89 percent,” “Confused by fake news, Redditers think Trump is president” and “DOJ considers charging Trump with treason” are just a few headlines featured on HillaryBeatTrump.org, a satirical news site devoted to covering stories from an alternate universe where Hillary won last November’s election.
The site describes its purpose thusly:
In the midst of a Constitutional crisis, this is our response.
Long live the true president,
Hillary Rodham Clinton
While this site can be rightfully mocked, there are some others who have responded far differently:
A hero made a website where Hillary won. https://t.co/AeOZNF2CZ1
— Notgoingtobequiet (@dblgoodtrouble) February 23, 2017
— malmö bosh (@boshj) January 31, 2017
This website is stroking my hair while I cry https://t.co/g0WEEVpg11
— Disobedient Elf (@DisobedientPike) January 31, 2017
The future we deserved: President Hillary Rodham Clinton https://t.co/f1h4HWoCvm
— (((KarenSD))) (@karensd) January 31, 2017
— Shelby Koenig (@ShelbyK7) January 25, 2017
How does one interact with people who would rather live in their fantasy world, rather than deal with the world as it is?
What do we do?
When the world feels like it has gone this mad for this long, it would be easy, and frankly understandable, to give up hope that some form of sanity can ever be recovered. I confess that over the past few years, there have been several times where I found it extremely difficult to be optimistic about the future. As Professor CJ of the Dangerous History podcast puts it, we seem to be entering into a new Dark Age.
However, I’ve come to the realization that it is dangerous to your soul to live without hope. Without hope, why is there any reason for living? But that thought leads to a natural question: how do we live with hope while dealing with the madness surrounding us?
Simply put, we need to make sure that Truth is the most important thing in our lives. If we interact with others the same way we ourselves want to be treated, honestly and respectfully, that will reinforce those virtues in the little worlds in which we live.
A critical element of the Truth is to recognize that what we see is not everything that exists. To paraphrase Hamlet, there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in anyone’s philosophy. Everything, both natural and supernatural, came from something, or rather, someone, and that someone is God.
Furthermore, to know that not only God exists, but His Son came so that we may be with Him throughout eternity, can only lead his followers to act with strength and courage. After all, Jesus was cruelly beaten and killed on a cross, the most gruesome torture instrument the Romans could conceive of. And yet he rose from the dead. If death can not keep him down, what can? And if people follow his lead, what is there for them to be afraid of?
Regardless of whatever happens in this nutty world, Truth shall always exist. It will not change. It will not be conquered by some mere creature. It will always be there.
If we always remember this, we might, just might, get out of this world alive.