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Reflections on Virgina Tech massacre

Posted by comartslibrarian on April 18, 2007

While reading Nancy Pearcey’s book Total Truth this morning, I came across an unsurprising statistic:

“In a recent Zogby poll, 75 percent of American college seniors said their professors teach that there is no such thing as right and wrong in a universal or objective sense — that ‘what is right and wrong depends on differences in individual values and cultural diversity.'” (Pearcey 113)

There has been a great deal of analysis and speculation about the Virginia Tech massacre since Monday. Some have blamed lax gun laws, others have blamed a culture that diminishes or even glorifies the consequences of violence (i.e. movies, music, video games). Some point to the alleged signs of depression and isolation that troubled Cho Seung-Hui, the shooter.

All of these ideas bear serious consideration, but so does another haunting proposition: The culture of academe bears some responsibility. Many of the faculty at state universities subscribe to a post-modernist worldview which eschews any sense of objective truth or morality, as Zogby’s poll would suggest. This tendency is particularly strong in the humanities. Cho himself was a senior majoring in English, and his final notes indicated that he felt justified in shooting “rich kids” for their “debauchery.” Given the culture — some might say religion — of moral relativism pervasive in education today, can we ignore the question of whether these influences contributed to Cho’s heinous actions?

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One Response to “Reflections on Virgina Tech massacre”

  1. Dinesh D’Souza has a slightly different take on this:

    To no one’s surprise, Dawkins has not been invited to speak to the grieving Virginia Tech community. What this tells me is that if it’s difficult to know where God is when bad things happen, it is even more difficult for atheism to deal with the problem of evil…
    If this is the best that modern science has to offer us, I think we need something more than modern science.

    The worldview of atheism is simply too small.

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