Recognition of Disconnection by Ken Myers

Contours of Culture

Recognition of Disconnection

by Ken Myers

Second only to C. S. Lewis, the writer from whom I have learned the most about the spirit of our age is Wendell Berry. One central lesson I have learned from Lewis concerns the typical modern denial of the meaningful order embedded in reality. Lewis used the term "subjectivism" to describe the assumption that we are the makers of values, not the discoverers of them. Subjectivism (thoroughly dismantled in The Abolition of Man) was, for Lewis, a fundamental and seminal disorder of modern culture, "the disease that will ce . . .