Unified Patriots by Vassarbushmills
…and as I watched him on the stage
My hands were clenched in fists of rage
No angel born in Hell
Could break that Satan’s spell
And as the flames climbed high into the night
To light the sacrificial rite
I saw Satan laughing with delight
The day the music died (Don McLean, 1971)
In that same year Don McLean wrote “American Pie”, Ayn Rand wrote “The Culture of Envy”, some of which is included here. Miss Rand never lived to see her diagnosis of the 60’s generations bloom and grow for forty years.
But with no end in sight, Miss Rand sure hit the nail on the head.
A culture, like an individual, has a sense of life, an emotional atmosphere created by its dominant philosophy. This emotional atmosphere represents a culture’s dominant values.
Thus Western civilization had the Age of Reason and its Age of Enlightenment. Today, we live in an Age of Envy.
But “Envy” is not the actual emotion I have in mind, but it is the clearest manifestation of an emotion that is nameless.
Envy is regarded by most people as a petty, superficial emotion, but still covers so inhuman an emotion that those who feel it seldom dare admit it exists, even to themselves.
That emotion is: hatred of the good for being the good.
(You may recall me writing on this subject in May, 2010, “Rules for Innocents“, they hate you because of who you are.)