The war in Ukraine? I admit I didn’t believe it until the last minute.
But a tyrant’s invasion of his neighbor is nothing new.
For me, the most disturbing, strangest, and most dangerous event of the past year has been the continuation and deepening of censorship in our Western societies.
Instead of braking, it seems to me that it has accelerated.
Glossaries of banned words are now being produced.
TV shows are banned for hearing “offensive” words.
Artists accused of being white are removed from museums.
Books disappear from reading lists given to students.
Even your picture already had been removed from the wall in my old CEGEP and only put back because people started asking questions.
Censorship is obviously nothing new, but who could have expected such a comeback?
I’m not sure that today’s youth, many of whom have become so embedded in self-censorship programs that they don’t realize it, realize that they can say less than you and I did in 2000 or 1990.
Ask them to watch a diagram of Yvonne Deschamps or RBO and see their bewildered reactions.
We are witnessing a perfect storm, i.e. the confluence of elements that combine to produce maximum effect.
On the one hand, you have a correct religious thought, which divides the world into good and evil, has an answer to everything and never doubts it.
There are, on the other side, cowardly administrators, who bow before the slightest protest, however outlandish, and who justify their cowardice in the name of “respect” because of the “feelings” of a handful renamed “society”.
However, I immediately qualify.
As people retire and are replaced by young men indoctrinated in Wokism, who rise to positions of influence in newsrooms, in universities, in HR departments, etc., censorship is no longer just the work of fearful people, but of executives who are on the same wavelength as protesters.
Moreover, it is surprising to see how far Wokism, now firmly in power, continues to present itself as the struggle of the “dominants”, as the legitimate struggle of those below against the oppressive power of capitalist and liberal society. .
It is equally fascinating to see their exploitation of the meaning of words.
These people only hear the words “listening,” “dialogue,” and “opening up” in their mouths.
But for them, “listening” means agreeing with them.
“Dialogue” means imposing their monologue.
“Opening” in one direction. Have you recently heard of a sergeant who acted out of conviction rather than out of fear of admitting he was wrong?
I’m afraid the fight will be long, as the struggle against religious obscurantism has always been.