I learned the term “zeitgeist” in college. The idea of a Time Spirit both enchanted and alarmed me. Time is linear, of course, and something I’d always viewed as merely a sort of river to carry us from the cradle to the grave. As such, time was scary only inasmuch as it forced you to face your own mortality. But a Time Spirit that lives and breathes and grows and changes – that unsettled me.
I’m a fan of LOST (holy 180, batman). In one of my favorite episodes, Desmond begins to skip through time. As a result, he begins to go mad. The only way he can save himself is to find a “constant,” a person he knows and loves and can anchor him and ultimately help him restore normalcy.
The Zeitgeist reminds me of Desmond; it seems to me to be helpless, a slave to the whims of society and its enlightenments of the age. But it, too must have a “constant.” If Desmond hadn’t found his Constant, he would have died. Fortunately for mankind, the Zeitgeist does, in fact, have a Constant:
Truth. Golden Rule truth. Personal Accountability truth. Common Sense truth. We Hold These Truths to be Self-Evident truths.
Truth Never Changes.
But if we forget these truths, these truths that hold us fast to a firm foundation, we – and the Zeitgeist – are lost on a sea of relativism. And many of us are forgetting. We must all of us remember. The cost of forgetting is too great.