How the “One Love” Manchester Concert Shows That Nobody Learned Anything

In case you want an in-depth recap of Ariana’s Manchester Concert:

It feels like just the other day that I was writing about the innocent lives taken in London at the hands of Islamic terror, It feels like just the other day that I saw images of young girls in Manchester who were murdered by a nail bomb suicide bombing committed by an Islamic terrorist. It feels like just the other day I watched news coverage of innocent people getting run over and stabbed on Westminster Bridge by Islamic terrorists. It always feels like just yesterday, because these attacks don’t stop. Despite being at war for the last decade with Islamic terrorists, despite seeing rape, crime, and terror rates skyrocket these last years, despite being warned by experts in domestic and foreign policy against taking in millions of culturally incompatible migrants, nobody listened, and nobody has done anything to stop it. I feel like I’m on board the deck of the Titanic, staring at the fatal iceberg and screaming at the top of my lungs, yet nobody corrects course. It would only take a small course correction to save ourselves from complete destruction, but instead, we charge forward, full speed. I really hoped that after London, after this gut-wrenching terror hat-trick that was pulled off this last month, that we would finally see some change. Instead we got a charity pop concert. I’d laugh if I wasn’t already crying.

In case you missed it, Ariana Grande, or at least Ariana Grande’s publicity team, thought it was best after the Manchester terror attack to do a “One Love” concert, whose proceeds would go towards charity and whose main message would be one of love. All of the hottest names in pop music like Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber took time out of their busy schedules to perform in Manchester, each person wearing some casual looking outfit and playing songs that promoted peace, love and unity, blaming all the hatred that exists in the world for the tragedies that have taken place. The weirdest moment out of all of this was when Katy Perry took the stage, wearing a dress that had the pictures of the victims of the attacks arranged in the shape of a heart on her back, and guiding every single person who was watching the concert to touch the person next to them and tell them they loved them. Her hope was to send good energy all over the world, ensuring that everyone at once felt loved and that as humans we’d all be united. The concert ended with Ariana congratulating everyone viewing for overcoming hatred and showing that terror wouldn’t tear them apart. Like that’s gonna stop them.

Before I get into why this entire event disturbed me, I need to preface it by saying that up until now, I genuinely gave people who differ in opinion on me on this subject matter the benefit of the doubt. I always assumed that if somebody was pro-open borders, pro-Islam, pro-whatever, that they probably had worries about xenophobic precedents being set or concerns about long term socio-economic factors. After watching this concert however, and seeing the outpour of support from not only the media, but the general social media-verse as a whole, I’ve given up that stance. It’s obvious to me, after watching everybody praise Ariana, the same girl by the way who has spent her young life getting sexualized by the media that has created her and has had random outbursts like when she started licking donuts at a local store and screaming, “I hate America!”, that nobody actually understands the gravity of what is going on. After seeing the thousands of people in that stadium hold hands and tell each other they love and respect each other, thinking that they were actually affecting any sort of change at all, I had to give up. Giving up not on changing how our government is run and ensuring we protect our people from further attacks and subsequent invasion, but giving up on trying to reason with an entire group of people who reject reason and instead worship emotion.

Something I’m always struck by during my time at university is how much of what I learn is influenced by postmodernism. If you’re not aware, the fancy definition of postmodernism is,

“An attitude of skepticism, irony or distrust toward grand narratives, ideologies and various tenets of universalism, including objective notions of reason, human nature, social progress, moral universalism, absolute truth, and objective reality. Instead, it asserts to varying degrees that claims to knowledge and truth are products of social, historical or political discourses or interpretations, and are therefore contextual or socially constructed.”

Which basically means that people who subscribe to postmodernism don’t believe in logic or reason. They don’t believe in traditional structures. They are jaded about everything that was invented before them, like religion, social structures, art, and more. For those unaware, postmodern thought is what has dominated academia these past decades, and is responsible for the construction of a lot of the issues we now experience in our culture. This thought is responsible for those gender and race study classes that demonize white males and blame any statistical disadvantage a group might have on white privilege or the patriarchy. It’s also responsible for creating an entire generation that is now raised to rely on relative emotion and pathos as their guiding value, instead of logic and universal truth. It is this that has caused such a massive disconnect in our world, as there are people who willingly reject facts, in exchange for feeling good. This is how you get a filled stadium full of tone deaf youths, holding hands and singing songs, who will go home and feel safe and reinvigorated, despite it being just a matter of weeks or days for another terror attack. They don’t want tighter borders, or increased security. They want an end to hatred towards others and for everyone to love with one another. How do you reason with this? Trick question. You can’t. You actually can’t. For those of us who are awake to the situation at hand we have to realize that those who don’t find Islamic terrorism a threat live in their own reality, one where saying nice things and apologizing to terrorists makes the attacks stop. We can’t let these people keep guiding how our government will function. We can’t keep letting the blind lead. It’s time to act, clocks ticking.

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