FuzzyGeff's brother and I used to be pretty good friends.
Now I can barely stand him.
I had an epiphany about it just now.
We both went out into the world and promptly learned different lessons from very different schools.
He's no perception of how thin the veneer of civilization is, having never really peered beneath it.
I saw that underbelly. It's not a happy place. It's terrifying.
He's never and he's not afraid of kicking at the rickety scaffolding holding civilization up.
Me? I am loathe to move even the smallest brace lest it prove to be the keystone of the entire edifice.
It's why I stopped attacking the idea that Western Civilization is, at its core, a Christian society. The framework of Christian values is what shores up the whole thing, and one dismantles it at civilization's peril.
Yes, there's some decorative and non-load bearing parts that can be discarded (we've done so before) but we need to start looking hard at what's essential to our Civilization and be absolutely certain to never jar those mounts loose. We might discover that some of the non-load bearing items we've thrown away were, in fact, redundant load paths placed there in case of a failure.