Our Let’s-Pretend World

Posted on July 7, 2021 by Robert Ringer


As cancel culture continues to reach new heights of absurdity, one cannot help but marvel at the Radical Left’s audacity.  In simple terms, what it demands of an unwoke bloke like you is that you pretend to believe things that are demonstrably false.  In other words, you must agree to live in a let’s-pretend world where reality can be altered on demand.

The question is, does anyone actually believe all this nonsense?  Obviously, no sane, rational person is willing to embrace things that he knows to be false.  Unfortunately, however, not everyone is sane or rational, and rest assured that someone who is psychopathically delusional has no problem setting aside reality and adopting the most bizarre aspects of the Radical Left’s let’s-pretend world.

A rational person, on the other hand, clearly understands that some things are always true and some things are always false, thus he bases his life on facts.  The let’s-pretend individual, of course, views facts as nothing more than a nuisance, choosing to believe whatever he wants to believe regardless of the facts.

The reason such people are perpetually frustrated and miserable is because they cannot understand why their beliefs have absolutely no bearing on reality.  It is inconceivable to them that notwithstanding their histrionics, life casts aside their desires and goes right on obeying the laws of the universe.

I’ve given a lot of thought to this phenomenon over the years in an effort to understand what makes it possible for people to embrace the idea of a let’s-pretend world, and I’ve come to the conclusion that the foundation for this self-delusion is a rejection of the foundational philosophy of Western civilization itself.

Before addressing the causes of this rejection, let’s take a look at the word civilization.  A civilization is the social and cultural development of a group of people who willingly live by a generally accepted code of conduct.  Every civilization has a heritage of social norms, ethical values, traditional customs, belief systems, and political structures.  In simple terms, a civilization is a way of life.  At its best, it is the opposite of barbarism, because it replaces chaos with order.

Mesopotamia (aka the Sumerian civilization) is perhaps the world’s oldest advanced civilization.  It’s where the wheel, writing, and law came into being.  Greece, however, closely followed by Rome, is generally considered to be the birthplace of Western civilization, though both were influenced by Mesopotamian culture.

Perhaps more than any other factor, it is the philosophical foundation of Western civilization that sets it apart from all other civilizations.  For this, we are indebted to the Greek giants of philosophy — Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle — who are generally thought of as the fathers of reason.

As a result of its philosophical foundation, Western civilization has long been the most advanced civilization on earth, superior to all other civilizations throughout history.  It has contributed more value and freedom to the world than any other civilization and has overwhelmed all other nations combined in the arts, the sciences, philosophy, technology, architecture, entertainment, law, and with its emphasis on democratic government.  To argue to the contrary is to openly display one’s ignorance.

Above all, Western civilization is based on a shared value for human life, respect for individual liberties, and a vigorous defense of the rule of law.  Its virtues include self-responsibility, respect for the property of others, hard work, honesty, loyalty, temperance, civility, tolerance, persistence, thriftiness, planning for the future, self-discipline, a stable economic system, respect for elders, and reverence for the family unit.

The Founding Fathers believed that the primary justification for the existence of government is to protect its citizens from aggression, both domestic and foreign.  Today, this flies in the face of the Radical Left’s insistence that government-enforced security and equality are the keys to freedom.  In truth, however, freedom is about insecurity and inequality.  In the words of Will and Ariel Durant, “Freedom and equality are sworn and everlasting enemies, and when one prevails the other dies.”

Obviously, no civilization can continue to exist, let alone flourish, without a strong moral foundation that is not only clearly understood, but accepted and practiced by a large majority of its citizens.  Solidarity on this point is the key to a healthy society, because it is what holds a civilization together.

Unfortunately, we have now arrived at a point in our history where millions of angry, self-identified victims are intent on destroying the philosophical foundations of America.  In real terms, we are in a war between civilization and barbarism, and nothing short of a total destruction of America’s way of life will satisfy the barbarians who now roam freely throughout the land.

Ayn Rand insightfully summed up the psyche of angry leftists when she said, “The man who has no purpose, but has to act, acts to destroy others.”  It is clear that the endgame of progressive ideology is to destroy individual liberty and socially engineer the human race.  To make up for their own meaningless lives, progressives are determined to bring others down to their level of misery, which begins with a wholesale rejection of the foundational philosophy of Western civilization and the establishment of a let’s-pretend world in its place.

To accomplish their gargantuan task, progressives passionately believe in the Marxian maxim “the end justifies the means.”  This gives them the freedom to lie, steal, cheat, and deceive with impunity.  It also gives them the freedom to mercilessly vilify and ridicule their enemies, a practice they relish.  Absolutely nothing is off limits to progressives.

That being the case, I stand by my long-held position that the only hope for those who believe in the cause of liberty is to overwhelmingly defeat progressives at every juncture and totally eradicate their twisted let’s-pretend world.  In that vein, it is certainly encouraging that sane, rational people of goodwill have zealously started to push back.  Now it remains to be seen if the pushback is not too late and is forceful and consistent enough to save the brightest jewel in the magnificent crown of Western civilization.

By Independence Day 2022, we should have a pretty good idea of whether liberty or tyranny is going to come out victorious in this life-and-death struggle. Buckle up.

Robert Ringer

Robert Ringer is an American icon whose unique insights into life have helped millions of readers worldwide. He is also the author of two New York Times #1 bestselling books, both of which have been listed by The New York Times among the 15 best-selling motivational books of all time.

7 responses to “Our Let’s-Pretend World”

  1. TX_Citizen says:

    I agree with this editorial. However, the left are very skillful at twisting the truth. For example, my wife subscribes to the Boston history professor, Heather Cox Richardson. This person has a way of distorting what's happening around us by skillfully weaving a narrative that makes everything conservatives do as evil and an abomination to humanity.

    The Far Left and Far Right are killing the people in the middle while the media fans the flames to boost ratings in order to justify high ad rates charged to Big Pharma.

  2. Christopher Christopher1776 says:

    Your best essay yet, Robert. I tell my college-aged children that when I read your first book in 1977, it positively changed the trajectory of our family’s destiny. This essay gives me hope during these Orwellian times. Rational individuals with effective voices and influence must share the reasonableness and rationality of your arguments for liberty. May you, your family and loved ones remain healthy and prosper as we defeat the specter of Marxist insanity. God save us all.

  3. Ruth Bitton says:

    It’s a good article. However, as one who relies on facts, you omitted the huge contribution of Moses and the Jews to Western civilization 3500 years ago, way before the Greeks and Romans. Moses gave the world the 10 commandments and set up a judicial system that were the basis for law, order and high values for civilized human life.

  4. JurassicRick says:

    Excellent article, Robert. You could not have said it any better. The Radical Left's anti-philosophy is a complete and total lie based on a completely unrealistic and irrational view of the world and how it operates. It astonishes and perplexes me how any self-proclaimed "rational" person can actually believe that such lies can actually be the truth. That's where "let's pretend" comes into play. "Let's pretend it's true" is all that is needed to create their world of anti-reality. If it's not the truth, just pretend it is and that suddenly makes it "true"!

  5. jdhjimbo says:

    The Ayn Rand comment pretty much sums things up. People who do not produce, or are lazy and covet the spoils of others, find the easy path is to destroy the happiness and lives of others. They are a violent, irrational and immoral bunch – always outraged by Judeo-Christian values – and determined to censor or snuff them out at any turn. Tne whole Trump phenomenon, and the subsequent massive election cheat, have brought the battle to the fore. Once this is exposed in the next few months, the tyranny will be over-ridden. The Covid Cult shenanigans and useless, destructive protocols should have been a wake-up call, but years of public school indoctrination and media lies have dumbed down the sheeple. They want govt dependence over freedom. I do agree the coming year is crucial as to whether western civilization will triumphs, or whether we degrade to a jungle – filled with stupidity and little real productivity. With bimbos like Joebama & Co, the choice should be clear and obvious. I have never seen such immorality and lack of reason! Commit NO Aggression, but we indeed may have to settle our commitment to liberty with arms.

  6. larajf says:

    My daughter keeps saying she's sick of politics. I point out most of it is really history. They are trying to rewrite and erase history. Along with literature, art (i include movies in there) and then chip away at morals and values. And I'm tired of being polite. It's time we face them toe to toe and head to head and excise the cancer from our society. Then we get to re-teach our children why America is great.

  7. Reality_Seeker says:

    This is one of your best articles. For such an old tortoise you certainly haven't lost any of your wits. Tip of my hat to you for penning the best work I've read this year- and I'm an avid reader.