Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Secular Europe

Althouse links to a list from the CBC of a UK survey of songs people would want played at their funeral. The top 10:
1. Goodbye My Lover, James Blunt.
2. Angels, Robbie Williams
3. I've Had the Time of My Life, Jennifer Warnes and Bill Medley
4. Wind Beneath My Wings, Bette Midler
5. Pie Jesu, Requiem
6. Candle in the Wind, Elton John
7. With or Without You, U2
8. Tears from Heaven, Eric Clapton
9. Every Breath You Take, The Police
10. Unchained Melody, Righteous Brothers

The lack of taste or class is appalling enough. I guess it's to be expected that the majority would have bad taste and take a maudlin approach to their own demise. Even more distressing is the utter lack (save for Pie Jesu -- which is still questionable) of any Christian songs on the list. No good old English hymns or any classical literature either for that matter. Again it's to be expected in a country where 99% of the population never attends church and devout Muslims outnumber devout Christians, but still....

It's also distressing on a cultural level. We make common cause with these folks on a variety of issues internationally. Are we unequally yoking ourselves? The U.S. is already sliding (or slouching?) down the slope to total secularism. We have much in common historically, linguistically, culturally, etc. with Europe -- Western Europe especially. Is this coming to an end? The list highlights an utter lack of Judeo-Christian wordlview, but it also lacks any sort classical Greek and Roman rationality. The list is sentimental -- in the absolute worst sense of that word. The Greeks and Republican Romans wished for a good and dignified death. Does no one in the UK wish to be remembered as "Hale fellow well met"? Do they even think it's worthwhile to be remembered for living by values much classical values such as virtue, courage, integrity, etc.? I fear the answer is "No". I know the answer is more likely "Not many these days".

"Wind Beneath my Wings"!?!? God help us!

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