Yuval Harari is a liberal and relativist philosopher. He is “the” thinker sponsored by Mark Zuckerberg, Barack Obama and Bill Gates, who all praised his work. The global élite suggested that people read Harari’s books. We did it, to understand their mentality.
Harari has just released a new best seller, Homo Deus, published by Harper Collins. “For the first time in history,” Harari writes, “more people die from eating too much than too little; more people die of old age than from infectious diseases; and more people commit suicide rather than being killed by soldiers, terrorists and criminals.” This is the first liberal axiom: Islamic terror and fundamentalism is a mere distraction, religious violence is retreating everywhere, and humanity is entering in a golden age of social networking. This is the philosophy of the multicultural idiots and merchants of “no limits.”
After suffering through plagues and wars, Harari says that humanity has to “arise.” To what? “Eternal happiness.” According with Harari, the Judeo-Christian religion is dead, and the future of humanity will be dominated by just one word: “bliss.” Pleasure without limits. In the West, a huge “useless class” will take power, due to the redundancy of work, replaced by efficient machines, a class without an economic or military purpose, but only devoted to cultivating physical and emotional pleasures.
We are moving towards a post-religious future: “The new religions are unlikely to emerge from the caves of Afghanistan or the madrassas in the Middle East,” Harari says. “Rather, these will emerge from the laboratories.” Harari continues: “History has seen the rise and fall of many religions, cultures and empires. Humanism has dominated the world for 300 years, but it is not much. Looking back, many think that the fall of the pharaohs and the death of God are positive developments.” Here comes another liberal axiom: the death of religion, replaced by genes and bytes.
Which ethics will dominate the future? Harari tells it through five photographs. An old man casting his ballot to vote, a housewife buying a new television, a man looking at Duchamp’s toilet, two married lesbians and Rodin’s thinker.
Harari downplays in his book the great religious revival that is today being conducted by Islam, which will soon be the first faith in the world (according to the Pew Forum’s data). How will the liberal trans-humanists convince a billion Muslims to dedicate themselves to happiness, orgasm and peace of the senses instead of war, submission and the Caliphate? “Despite all this talk of radical Islam, the most interesting place in the world from a religious perspective is not an Islamic state, but the Silicon Valley,” Harari writes. “The hi-tech gurus promise all the old rewards – happiness, peace, prosperity and eternal life – but here, rather than after death.”
This is the same ideology which supported the welfare multicultural system in the West: we give Muslim everything – job, health care, entertainment, sexual pleasures – and they will renounce religious demands. The contrary happened in the West. Not only that, but the Jihadists started to target the symbols of pleasure with a dramatic intensity: the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, the French restaurants and theatres, the nightclubs in Bali, the Tunisian beach of Sousse.
Harari’s fantasy of “improving humanity” must be fun to be contemplated in the academia and in the boards of high-tech liberal utopia. But these scenarios are highly unlikely, and only a diversion.
This is instead the more realistic scenario, already imagined by Michel Houellebecq in his novel Platform, where the Western libertine licentiousness is punished by a terror attack against the symbolic Eldorador Aphrodite, a sexual village in Thailand (remember the real terror carnage in 2002). It is the clash between the trans-humanist West that wants to build its paradise here and an ancient religion pursuing the afterlife of the 72 virgins, the war between the Homo Deus and the man who wants to submit to Allah, the society of eternal pleasure against the civilization of eternal life, the struggle between the Western hedonist and the Islamic martyr, the choice between the Addyi, the female Viagra, and the Abaya, the long Islamic veil.
Who will prevail? It is better to return to the real roots of Western civilization. Or the black banner of “No God but Allah” will march over the ruins of the liberal bliss.
Giulio Meotti, cultural editor for Il Foglio, is an Italian journalist and author. He is the author of three books: A New Shoah: The Untold Story of Israel’s Victims of Terrorism (Encounter Books); J’Accuse: the Vatican Against Israel (Mantua Books), and La fine dell’Europa, about the Christian and demographic decline in Europe. He is a columnist at Arutz Sheva and his writings have appeared in publications including the Wall Street Journal, FrontPage, Commentary, and The Geller Report.
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