Modernity Has Fallen

The State of Humanity and the Modern World

Modernity is overrated. The modern world was intended to be comfortable and peaceful with science and reason leading humanity to a deeper understanding of itself and the universe. What it has delivered are wars of unprecedented destruction, a growing inequality between the wealthy and the poor, a "post-truth" state of confusion, and a sense of meaninglessness to life. While it is true that many enjoy prosperity and comfort that was unthinkable in even the recent past, life today is unsatisfying and seemingly stripped of purpose. We live in an era of unprecedented technological achievement, yet it has done little to enrich our experiences. As the comedian Louis C.K. joked, "Everything's amazing. No one is happy."

On top of that, our institutions are failing. People’s trust in everything from schools, to universities, churches, news media, corporations, entertainment media, government, and even the scientific establishment is evaporating or has disappeared almost entirely. Once trusted experts produce seemingly erroneous and contradictory statements, eroding confidence that they are capable of ascertaining the truth. Guidelines handed down from authorities are now often skeptically viewed as veiled political statements or manipulative nudges intended to influence behavior for someone else’s benefit. Both on the individual and societal level, there is a growing sense that our modern world is flawed, broken, or at the very least unsustainable.

This site has two purposes: explain the modern worldview with its shortcomings and propose an alternative, a synthesis of the better parts of modernity and time-tested wisdom. It is a call to reject pessimism and cynicism, recognize that we are living through a period of transition, and encourage you to live in accordance with principles and values that promote human flourishing.

This site is intended to be a living collection of essays with new essays being periodically added or updated. Below is a list of the current essays which are intended to be read sequentially.

Also, see my other essay over at the Vital Masculinity Project: The Value of Human Tradition and The of the Enlightenment

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