We Are In DANGER.... of Being TRIVIALIZED to Death!

Make No Mistake: Liberals, in Seeking to

Tranquilise Us All, Have an Anti-Informational Agenda...

The Emptiness of 'The One Show' Seems

to Mark the Tragic Demise of the BBC...

At the beginning of this article I want to ask us all a rhetorical question:

What kind of society unceasingly presents the trivial, the superficial, the amusing and, at times, the just plain misleading to its populace? Could it actually be a society which is afraid to face the truth about itself? Could it actually be a society which seeks to tranquilize us all lest we start to seek some big answers to the truly deep questions of life?

The highly-likeable Cliff Michelmore, who presided over the outstanding 'Tonight' show, a beacon of quality journalism on 1950s British television. Alas, those days are long gone.

Is it me, or is there really some sort of conspiracy abroad which seeks to take up so much of any free time which we might have with absolutely useless smiley-smiley chatty-chat trivia? Indeed so much that - in the end - there is no longer any space to think about the deeper issues of life any more? Is there a superficiality/triviality conspiracy?

I was listening to one of those radio phone-in shows a while ago. The claim was made that this radio show was not afraid to be challenging. However, when I listened, I noted the presenter's determination to play some music at least once every 5-10 minutes. An important issue was (supposedly) being addressed but the entire format of presentation seemed to have a somewhat numbing, or tranquilizing affect - almost a subliminal message which said, 'Hey - don't worry, this is just life, just get on and enjoy it!' People would ring and occasionally get through to the presenter - of course, they would only get the chance to say a little before the chit-chat was cut short. Then, before long, more music would be played. The subject of this show was children and how they should be protected. Much later I learned that a friend had actually rang this particular show. My friend is a Christian and he thought somebody should ring in with a comment about abortion. He was going to say something like, "If we are talking about protecting children, the first thing we should do is to protect them from abortion." But he did not get as far as the actual on-the-air presenter because the first person he spoke to, asked what comment he would make to the presenter. "I want to make a comment about abortion," my friend said. A quick rebuke came back. "We don't talk about abortion - its on the list of things we never talk about! Please don't ring again." My friend was about to retort with something like, "Hey - I thought this show was not afraid to challenge the difficult issues," but he was very smartly cut off. What happened did not surprise me in the least because I had long noted that liberal radio and TV presenters seem to have a list of things which are just not up for debate - abortion is possibly at, or very near, the top of that list.

The trivia conspiracy can be highlighted by an example from television; BBC television has an evening show on Monday to Friday weekdays called, 'The One Show' (I suppose because it is on BBC1). This show has a most mind-bendingly trivial style, which occasionally becomes embarrassing for its sheer superficiality! Some reasonably important matters sometimes get mentioned but the not overly-gifted presenters (a man who wears a permanently deeply-depressed expression, and a young woman who - in complete contrast - appears to be continually holding back a desire to collapse into helpless laughter) seem to uphold a programme-agenda which refuses to take anything in life seriously; even serious items are often closed with a joke or sarcastic comment. But when an item on leisure or an interview with a 'celeb' comes up, the glee becomes obvious - why is that? There is a message here, it is: 'Just enjoy life! Enjoy the moment! Big problems are not so big!' Again I ask: Is there a conspiracy abroad which seeks to tranquilize us all?

Yes, I know that both TV and radio still have a few serious discussion-type programmes but is it my imagination or are they becoming increasingly scarce? And where they do occur is there not an already-decided agenda which keeps some mighty big questions from ever being addressed - or, often, even mentioned?? I have come to think so. After all, if one is going to discuss the protection of children in a show which claims to be unafraid of being challenging, should not abortion be near to the top of the list? After all many thousands of tiny, helpless babes in the womb have their lives snuffed out every single year in this way! How myopic can we get? Why do such blatant biases occur? Well we have to understand that Liberalism - at its very heart - has an anti-informational agenda; it really does not want the true evidence and facts to be presented on almost any issue of real importance. No - this is not just some interesting 'play on words' - I really mean this, and we all need to take it onboard! If all the evidences and facts on all the serious and meaningful issues of life were to be clearly presented - we could all learn the truth (which, by the way, liberals insist doesn't exist), of what an utter and pernicious fraud this religious/social creed really is! Liberalism is far more interested in the variety of personal opinion which, it insists, everybody has a right to hold, with no one view ever entirely true or correct - but it is remarkably anti-evidencial and anti-factual. It only too readily and willingly blurs borderlines where its own philosophy, interests and agenda can be better served. Why is it willing to do that? Because Liberalism does not even believe in ultimate truth.

I hope our American friends will bear with me a little longer when I point out a further British example here; in the UK, the BBC, including BBC TV was once a media-source which considered life far more seriously than it does now. In the 1950s there were many more serious issue type presentations. Yes there was entertainment too but there was not this tendency for the whole thing to be enveloped in a continual fog of unrelenting superficiality, and quite often plain sarcasm. Serious discussion features were not presented by people with their own agenda, particular issues (such as abortion, although only illegal abortions occurred then), were not closed off with 'no entry' and 'off limits' signs clearly erected. But 1955 would prove to be a very important and decisive year for British TV - ITV was launched that year and it brought an entirely commercial, 'money, merchandise and entertaining' format to British television: suddenly television was purely about commerce, and about making people smile (smiling people spend more money). Unfortunately, within a very few years, the state-supported BBC felt that it should go down the same road, although it was not allowed to advertise products. By the mid-1960s the liberals had moved in lock, stock and barrel. The BBC as a genuinely educating, informative and enlightening organisation with a high respect for Christianity was just about dead! It was, by the way, absolutely fair and just that the early BBC had been staunchly Christian in general outlook - after all, Britain - at the time - was a staunchly Christian country with many laws and institutions strongly based on biblical principles, including the Ten Commandments; we had sent out many thousands of Christian missionaries and even the British monarchy jealously guarded their 'Defender of the Faith' title. Indeed, even those who had not made a specific Christian commitment generally regarded atheists as, at the very least, on the verge of suffering from serious mental delusion!

The early BBC provided an example to numerous international broadcasting companies which sprang up everywhere during the 1950s - it became a by-word for quality radio and TV. Typically, BBC television dramas of the 1950s were not trivial; Shakespeare, Ibsen, Chekhov and Orwell were the typical major writers whose works were covered on a regular basis. Meanwhile the early-evening 'Tonight' programme (which, from 1957, went out every weekday evening from 6.45 to 7.25 for many years) is still regarded as representing the very pinnacle of quality television journalism. Yes, 'Tonight' too had its lighter moments but it refused to trivialize or to trade in sarcasm or superficiality. 'Tonight,' with people like Cliff Michelmore, Derek Hart, Alan Whicker, Geoffrey Johnston-Smith and Fyfe Robertson, proved that a serious discussion-type feature could also be highly entertaining - nobody missed it! Yes, even though Cy Grant would occasionally sing a song in his own very pleasant manner, this was most definitely a serious piece of television journalism, often of an investigative sort. One might contrast that with the present (already mentioned) early evening 'The One Show' which, in trying too hard not to be overly-serious and in attempting to keep things at a superficial level, becomes thin, uninspiring and sometimes quite embarrassing in its journalistic and presentative emptiness.

But we hold no agenda to attack the BBC, save to the degree that, during the last 50 years, it has perfectly mirrored the decline in the quality of life within British, and ultimately, western society. The pressing need is for the routing of atheistic permissive liberals from all areas of western society where they have become influential - unfortunately, it is not going to happen, so we are probably going to get even more useless time-wasting trivia, tabloid terrorism and facts-masking liberal appeasement - expect it!

But the real issues are those of right and wrong, morality and immorality, justice and injustice and good and evil - these issues can ONLY be properly addressed by Christianity, although Liberalism lyingly claims that it alone should be the arbiter. But the form of Christianity which is needed is not that useless form which continually seeks compromise with modern society because it has become afraid to represent the views of its Founder, but the faithful, 'Here I stand, on the cross of Christ' form of Luther, Ryle, Tozer, Wesley and Lloyd-Jones.

The pathetically diluted and tragically compromised modern "Christianity" was pretty well summed up by a Church of England woman priest who launched a new calendar in her parish which depicted several of the men in her village, photographed in the nude. She thought it good fun but was unsure what the attitude of her bishop might be. She need not have worried, the bishop thought it "frightfully good fun." With people, and attitudes like this, it is no surprise that the Church of England now seems perilously close to complete collapse.

So is there a superficiality conspiracy? Are we all, quite gradually, being tranquilized not to recognise and denounce evil when we find it? Yes, there is and we are, and it is time for every Christian to stand up and be counted and to firmly reject "liberal values" wherever we may find them.

It is time for all of us to say, 'I stand firmly by the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ!'
Will we be faithful to our Master?
Robin A. Brace, July, 2008.