Hacksaw Ridge

hacksawridgeby Glenn Fairman   11/4/16
Post-modernity would seem to be an era wherein heroes and the heroic are anachronisms, unless the cause is related to the emancipation of the passions or the demolition of ancient moral restraints. Thus, the epithet of hero can be laid at the feet of abortionists and cop assassins when the private and the public are merged in that great homogenous mixing bowl of the aggrandizing liberal state. Moreover, when a man who walks hard in the calling of a God-ruled conscience is presented as a heroic archetype to a population that lionizes Planned Parenthood and Black Lives Matter, the disconnect is doubly offensive, since any deviation from the City of Man by the disciple of an arcane patriarchal deity is deemed a form of nihilism — a scandal to minds flushed with the decrepit mores of Sodom and Babel.

The story of Desmond Doss in Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge is an incomprehensible tale told to a culture who values pleasure and life above honor, duty, sacrifice, and a disappearing virtue we once called charity. That a courageous Christian soldier without a weapon would spend a terrifying night at the gates of Hell rescuing the maimed and dying from the clutches of devils cannot register to a generation intoxicated with the Waters of Narcissus. The fact that such a feat is displayed against the backdrop of an American election where a cretin and a traitor vie for the trajectory of the Western World is ironic only in the most polluted and depraved sense.

Glenn Fairman returns from the wilderness and writes from Highland, Ca.
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5 Responses to Hacksaw Ridge

  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    One of the concepts missing in our society is honor, replaced by the weasel-words of ‘social justice.’

    Simply holding to an idea or principle that causes some discomfort or inconvenience has been replaced by the idea of Kumbaya: I’m okay, you’re okay, and if we all “celebrate diversity” then our personal shortcoming are of no matter.

    Dennis Prager calls this “Feelings instead of standards.” I call it the feminizations of society. Call it what you will, honor has gone missing from society at large.

  2. Steve Lancaster says:

    I admit to a certain bias, but there are other heroes of Korea that never carried a weapon, this is one of them:

    FYI, today is Guy Faulks day,
    Remember, remember, the 5th of November,
    the gunpowder, treason, and plot

  3. Timothy Lane says:

    That’s Guy Fawkes Day, Steve. Anyone interested in a good look at Steve Doss’s medic work at Okinawa can read about it in that portion of Killing the Rising Sun by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. They devote many pages to him, and not just to that one night holding on to Hacksaw Ridge. He prayed before they went in, knowing that several previous attempts to take the ridge had failed, and his fellows thought that may have been what saved them.

    The authors point out that the Japanese targeted medics for the morale harm this would cause. Doss knew this, and never hesitated. And survived the war.

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