Throughout the history of mankind, people have committed acts that we today
deem unthinkable. Most modern Westerners might think of modern society as good
and just because it is presumably built on reason and expertise that safeguard all of
us from savagery. Yet it is very likely that our descendants will read about the 20th
and 21st centuries in history books and shake their heads in disbelief: “What were
they thinking?” That is, if there are any descendants, and if they are able to read.
The editor and principal author of Making Sense of Nonsense: Navigating Through
the West’s Current Quagmire, Dr. Scott Ventureyra, is joined by more than 20 other
authors who explore perennial themes of philosophy and theology in the quest for
the truth and the good that may help avert the ultimate decay of Western
Nearly two-thirds of the book’s 55 chapters read like a blood-chilling encyclopedia
of everything that is wrong with the West. That includes, but is not limited to, cancel
culture, racial tensions, “social justice,” gender ideology and bodily mutilations,
abortion, assisted euthanasia, the sexualization of children, the socialist economy,
and tyrannical Covid policies.
All the root causes of the numerous ills that so many of us perceive but can’t really
put a finger on when and how they originated are correctly identified as the
ideological subversion of the West and the moral relativism that has poisoned minds
as a result of that subversion.
Quoting the interviews of Yuri Bezmenov, a former KGB informant and propagandist
who defected to Canada in the 1970s, Ventureyra explains the brainwashing tactics
employed by the communists to turn American children into enemies of Western
tradition. This process appears to be especially dangerous for a couple of reasons:
First of all, because it is taking place gradually, it is hard to perceive due to the
short span of each individual’s historic memory. Second, it is almost impossible to
undo indoctrination using reasoning, since the toxic ideas taught to the younger
generations become an organic part of their worldview. That revelation should be a
wake-up call to parents who may not be aware of what is truly happening in the
public schools that play a major role in this process.
On top of that, people are constantly distracted by the everyday worries over issues
created by the globalist elites. Therefore, everyday Americans simply don’t have
enough time to reflect on why these issues are even happening in the first place.
For those who try to find answers, the “enemy” is often — and deliberately —
identified incorrectly. That happens because educational institutions, a large part of
academia, the media, and politicians are intentionally dividing people. Indeed,
listening to narratives promoted by the media, one may pick “the villains” to his or
her liking. People may choose to blame “toxic masculinity” or “toxic femininity,”
“racists” or “sexists,” “patriarchy,” “capitalist greed,” “climate change deniers,”
“vaxxed” or “unvaxxed” for any injustices that occur to them. According to the
authors, creating divisions among people is one of the most common tactics used
by totalitarian subverters.
The authors wonder how people have become so gullible and hateful toward each
other. They argue that it started with the “death of God” — a phenomenon first
described by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. He linked the “death of God”
to the Age of Enlightenment and reason’s triumph over Christianity’s religious
“superstitions,” which, however, did not elevate people but literally opened the
gates of hell. Because, to paraphrase Nietzsche’s opponent, the brilliant Russian
author Fyodor Dostoevsky, “If God is dead, then everything is permitted.”
The death of God, whether in philosophical musings or in practice, did indeed
make all things permissible, especially in the eyes of twentieth-century despots.
One only needs to look toward the abhorrent actions of Nazi Germany, the Soviet
Union, Meo Zedong’s China, Pol Pot’s Cambodia, and the United States’ Japanese
internment camps to find that this is an undeniable truth.
The well-documented book would be depressing to read had the authors not left lots
of room for hope. The seventh and last part of Making Sense of Nonsense is
dedicated to practical solutions to the looming catastrophe.
The authors insist that hope is real. Because every single one of us is created in the
image of God and has a capacity to have fellowship with Him, we can and must
resist evil through nonviolent means.