Let me present to you a letter from a random 18-year-old boy sent off to war in the 1860s:
Now let me present to you the modern Harvard student:
(Yes, this is from a real New Yorker article.)
To see what these Harvard students now struggle to comprehend, let me give you a passage from The Scarlett Letter, written in 1850 by Nathanial Hawthorne.
It is a curious subject of observation and inquiry, whether hatred and love be not the same thing at bottom. Each, in its utmost development, supposes a high degree of intimacy and heart-knowledge; each renders one individual dependent for the food of his affections and spiritual life upon another; each leaves the passionate lover, or the no less passionate hater, forlorn and desolate by the withdrawal of his object.
Most people who study English as a second language would be able to understand this. I know because I used to teach English to international students.
This sheer ineptitude, this dearth of linguistic prowess among native English speakers today, merely reinforces the warnings of generations past.
As language goes, so too does your civilization. "In the beginning was the Word..."
The Marxists that currently run government and the academy understand this reality. The deconstruction (read: destruction) of language is a purposeful attempt at control. As a population's ability to communicate is destroyed, it becomes more malleable. We can not be mistaken for cattle when we speak; therefore, the malevolent seek to destroy our very ability to talk.
When we complained about the devolution of modern art, architecture, music, and prose, we weren't being facetious or hyperbolic. There are damning consequences for any culture that gives up its ability to communicate – not only efficiently and effectively, but with power and beauty.
Where lies the future of a nation that speaks thusly? 👇
I would be remiss to point out that Marxists do this in the name of "equity."
White and Asian students can barely get into Ivy League schools like Harvard anymore. Black students have a far easier time. It's even easier if they have a few more intersectional traits added to their name! Superficial identity, not ability, is what gives you access to the halls of "learning."
This factors greatly in this academic shift toward the apocalypse.
Don't believe me?
From the same New Yorker article:
Tara K. Menon, a junior professor who joined the English faculty in 2021, linked the shift to students arriving at college with a sense that the unenlightened past had nothing left to teach. At Harvard, as elsewhere, courses that can be seen to approach an idea of canon, such as Humanities 10, an intensive, application-only survey, have been the focus of student concerns about too few Black artists in syllabi, or Eurocentric biases.
"There's a real misunderstanding that you can come in and say, ‘I want to read post-colonial texts — that's the thing I want to study — and I have no interest in studying the work of dead white men,' " Menon said.
Those who do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it. These students are not only fools, but fools who have been taught to be fools by their educators. Every nation that has scoffed at learning the wisdom of dead men has doomed itself to abject suffering and death.
To accommodate for their inane asininity of selecting students based on melanin levels instead of mental acuity and prowess, these schools are now eliminating the standardized exams that might chafe against their preferred ideological bent.
Meanwhile, an 8th-grade exam from 1912:
The consequences of this cataclysmic shift are no less than the death of the English language and the death of America.
Just what the Marxist decolonizers have always wanted.