Joseph Roth wrote his novel The Antichrist in 1934, at the time of totalitarianism, and he speaks of the Antichrist as an icy poison that infects everyone, corrupting souls and even language itself, which has now lost contact with reality itself and confuses black and white, true and false. “The ideal subject of the totalitarian regime,” wrote Hannah Arendt, “is not the convinced Nazi or the convinced Communist, but the man for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exists.”
Today it seems that we find ourselves in just this situation.
It was not by chance that Benedict XVI spoke of the “dictatorship of relativism.” In recent years this dictatorship has become more suffocating than ever. It seems that the light has been extinguished (above all the light of the Church), and it not only seems that the question of the truth has been swept away (it is even considered inappropriate to recall that truth exists and that good and evil and the order of creation exist), but it also seems that the evidence is no longer even recognized.
In recent years this dictatorship has become more suffocating than ever.
It seems we are witnessing the fulfillment of the “prophecy” of Chesterton, who foresaw a time in which it would be considered the end of the world just to affirm that two plus two makes four or that the leaves are green in summer. This ideological climate — in the world and in the Church — obviously has not been created by accident but because the economic, political and media powers of this world have strongly pushed in this direction. …