October 29, 2015
A fantasy is a story that is not factually true. A fantasy may be a delusion (“The French Foreign Legion puts green snakes in my bathtub!”), or a lie that’s told compulsively for no practical purpose at all, and no hope of being believed (“I invented the Internet”).
But fantasy can have a practical purpose. For instance, I write fantasy novels, and my newest one, “The Temple”, I hope will be on sale in time for Christmas. “The Temple” is No. 8 in a series, continuing the saga of a world in crisis.
The purpose of these fantasies is to show how individuals—men, women, and children—and even whole nations may be brought back to God. By God’s grace they learn and grow, and are able to accomplish things they would have thought impossible. Fantasy can be very good at showing this: so some of us tell imaginary tales as a means of getting at higher truths. Such fantasies are parables in the form of novels.
But they are clearly labeled fantasies. They are not lies because there is no intent to deceive the audience, and certainly no expectation that the stories will be taken literally, and believed. You will notice, in the Bible, that no one demanded of Jesus, “So who is this good Samaritan? What’s his name, and where does he live? Tell us, so we can check it out!” No one in the Lord’s audience was so obtuse.
But we are also presented with fantasies that we are expected to believe, or else.
Glamour Magazine, for instance, intends to name Bruce Jenner, a man, its 2015 Woman of the Year. The claim that Bruce Jenner is, in fact, a woman is a fantasy. In spite of the many things he has had done to make himself appear to be a woman, every cell in his body remains absolutely male, with XY chromosomes. That has not been changed, nor can it be. The plain truth is that he’s still a man.
But to speak that truth is to expose oneself to denunciation as a Hater. Having secured the redefinition of marriage, our progressive ruling class now aspires to redefine reality. It’s all so post-modern: there is no “real reality;” there is only what they say is reality, providing they can exercise the brute force necessary to make it stick.
There is nothing so dear to a progressive’s heart as coercion. This is why “climate scientists” want President *Batteries Not Included to prosecute “climate change deniers” as criminals. Make it incredibly costly for anyone to disagree with you, and you’ve won the debate, hands down. Indeed, there is no debate at all.
Brute force and intellectual thuggery can be rather messy, though, so it’s much better to get everybody’s mind right without recourse to firing squads. That’s where public “education” comes in.
As part of the federal government’s Common Core design for micro-managing our public schools, third graders throughout the land are being taught that 5+5+5 does not equal 15. Nope. You’ve got to say 3+3+3+3+3=15, not 5+5+5.
Again we find ourselves in the realm of fantasy—the kind of fantasy you’d better say is true, if you want to get a passing grade in math. We define reality! So you can take your 5+5+5 and chuck it. You will learn how to think the way we tell you to think, and no other.
We are overburdened with government-mandated fantasy. Two guys make a marriage. Cosmetic surgery and loudly-shouted lies make a man a woman. “Scientific” decrees make for man-made Global Warming, from which we can only be rescued by an all-powerful government and thumping great carbon taxes. And 5+5+5 don’t make 15 anymore, because your government-compliant schoolmarm says so.
Fantasy writers create fantasies—at least sometimes—to get at higher truths. Ruling-class confabulators create fantasies to get at higher untruths.
Why do they do it? Why do they deliberately breed confusion, chaos, and fear? Is it just their way of getting the people in the mood for global government, with themselves in charge of it?
They don’t want separate sovereign nations anymore, so they break down national borders, stir up millions of people to cross them illegally, and then throw up their hands and cry, “Alas! National borders are obsolete, the only way to manage this fearful mess—“which they’ve created—“is with a global government.”
One thing is for sure.
They don’t want any truth anymore, unless they’ve created it themselves.
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Lee Duigon, a contributing editor with the Chalcedon Foundation, is a former newspaper reporter and editor, small businessman, teacher, and horror novelist. He has been married to his wife, Patricia, for 34 years. See his new fantasy/adventure novels, Bell Mountain and The Cellar Beneath the Cellar, available on www.amazon.com
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