The trouble with all the various radicals, militants and social activists is that eventually reality stands between them and their loony agendas. All their bizarre social engineering schemes and all their radical immoral agendas sooner or later come crashing down – yet more casualties of smacking head-on into reality.
The revolutionaries of all stripes think they can ride roughshod over long-standing social institutions, mores and traditions with impunity. They think they can just smash everything in sight, and not even bother to replace anything with something better.
The radicals are great at destroying, but poor at building. They want to eliminate everything that stands in the way of their ideological visions, but they simply end up wrecking the world around them. As Ann Coulter once observed: “The history of liberalism consists of replacing things that work with things that sounded good on paper.”
Or as she said elsewhere: “Liberals never bother to ask whether there might have been a reason for a thousand-years-old convention such as marriage. They don’t care. Their approach is to rip out society’s foundations without considering whether they serve any purpose.”
Yes quite so. The revolutionary exists simply to destroy. And the atheistic revolutionaries, and the sexual militants, are often the worst. As to the former, G.K. Chesterton said this: “The secularists have not wrecked divine things; but the secularists have wrecked secular things, if that is any comfort to them. The Titans did not scale heaven; but they laid waste the world.”
And hand in hand with the secular revolutionaries are the sexual anarchists. They thought they could smash every single sexual code, taboo, more and convention. They promised us nirvana when every last restriction of all things sexual was obliterated.
Well they were wrong – big time. Reality has a way of coming back and biting the militants in the face. And that has been found to be true in case after case. Sexual paradise did not arrive – instead sexual suicide and sexual insanity multiplied.
Here is just the latest case of reality biting stupid ideology. Consider the Australian author Holly Hill. For years she has been trying to smash down sexual norms and customs, and see society remade in her own radical image. It all sounded just so peachy in theory.
But whenever reality and theory clash, reality always wins. Get a load of this news report: “Holly Hill believed so strongly that humans are not built to be faithful that she appeared on television and wrote books advocating open relationships. The Australian author claimed that the only healthy way to have a modern relationship was to allow your partner to have sex with other people, and do the same yourself.
“But after insisting that allowing her boyfriend to cheat three nights a week kept them strong, she now admits it destroyed them. So what changed? Ms Hill became an ‘anti monogamist’ after an ill-fated fling with a married man in 2006. John never intended to leave his wife, she revealed, but wanted to sleep with somebody else. After a painful break-up, Ms Hill was determined to use her psychology degree from the University of Southern Queensland to find out why.
“She came to the conclusion that men were hardwired to need sex from more than one person, and that humans were not made to have exclusive relationships. Ms Hill shared that view with anyone who would listen, and shocked and angered many commentators as she expounded her theories on CNN and Larry King.
“She wrote a novel, Sugarbabe, about her year-long adventures with older men, and another called Toyboy. But now her dogmatic opinion has completely changed, she told Grazia magazine in an interview. Ms Hill and her ex-boyfriend, Phil*, drew up a contract to determine how they would operate. They vetoed anything they felt would make them jealous – in Ms Hill’s case, her partner taking other women on romantic weekends away or buying them gifts.
“She told CNN in 2010: ‘One of the main things that I have learned is that a woman that negotiates infidelity with her partner is far more powerful than a woman who is sitting home wondering why he’s late from the office Christmas party. ‘It’s better to walk the dog on a leash than let it escape through an unseen hole in the back fence.’
“But rather than eliminating jealousy, Ms Hill became completely paranoid, shedding two stone in weight and obsessively comparing herself to the other women Phil was seeing. She said: ‘I was staggered by the effect our infidelity was having on me. I’d committed myself to the belief that monogamy was outdated and to have to even consider I was wrong was incredibly tough.’
“Her boyfriend, who had previously enjoyed watching her flirt with other men at parties, now said he felt emasculated by the situation – and last summer they split. ‘I was devastated,’ said Ms Hill. ‘When it was just the two of us our relationship was incredible. But we’d ruined it by being “unfaithful” – ironically, the one thing I thought would save our relationship’.”
Hmm, there goes that nasty bit of reality again, crashing in our silly revolutionary theories. The truth is, there is good reason why we have various restrictions, limitations and conventions. Some things are far too important in life to allow complete open slather on.
As Peter Kreeft writes in his important new book, Summa Philosophica: “Sex and death have always been the two primal sacred mysteries, for they are the doors through which we come into the world and exit it. This is why every society until ours has approached them with awe and reverence, surrounded them with taboos, proprieties, ceremonies, and laws, and taken great care not to adulterate them.”
Or as C. S. Lewis long ago wisely said: sexual intercourse is “rapidly becoming the one thing venerated in a world without veneration”. But he also rightly told us that whenever we seek to make anything into a god – even a great gift like sexuality – we turn it into a demon.
And now that the revolutionaries have had their chance to implement their agenda, it seems the demons are coming home to roost.