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How America morphed into 'Bizarro World'

As part of my well-rounded childhood, growing up during the 1950s in suburban Washington, D.C., I read Superman comic books.

That’s right. Also Superboy, Batman and Robin, Aquaman, Flash, Green Arrow, Green Lantern and others – but my favorite was Superman. And one of the most memorable characters in those adventures was a guy named … Bizarro.

Created when the “man of steel” was exposed to a “duplicate ray,” Bizarro was essentially a defective clone of Superman. Although he was ugly, surly and spoke broken English like Tonto in “The Lone Ranger” (“Me hate Superman. Him bad”), Bizarro’s defining characteristic was his total rebellion against everything normal, everything sensible, everything Superman stood for. Indeed, he took pride in being the exact opposite of Superman in every way.

Thus, Bizarro eventually relocated to Bizarro World, a cube-shaped planet called Htrae (“Earth” spelled backwards), which operated according to “Bizarro logic” – meaning it was wrong to do anything right, moral or good. That gave rise to the Bizarro society’s legal system based on the “Bizarro Code,” which meant it was “a crime to do anything well or to make anything perfect or beautiful.”

For example, I remember reading, as a 9- or 10-year-old Superman fan, how on Bizarro World, when the street-sweeping truck came down the road, instead of sweeping up dirt and debris, the Bizarro street-sweeper guy would actually throw dust and dirt onto the streets to make them dirtier! In every area of life, Bizarro folk did the opposite of whatever was logical and normal.

Got the picture?

Now, let’s look at today’s USA, which increasingly resembles a “Bizarro” version of traditional America – not just different, not just “transformed,” but morphed in so many ways into the opposite of what it once was.

First, for those who weren’t around during the 1950s and early ’60s, let me just say that the America of my youth, despite its shortcomings, was basically confident, unconflicted, prosperous and full of life, hope and unlimited opportunity. People were patriotic and our culture was strong and essentially moral. America was the undisputed leader of the world – not just militarily and economically, but in terms of freedom and goodness. (To my liberal friends: Do me a favor, and don’t tell me, “But the ’50s had racial segregation.” Yes, and today we torture, decapitate, dismember, vacuum and chemically burn to death 3,000 beautiful human babies every single day. So just drop it.)

Compared with the vibrant nation it once was, today’s America has become a different country. Divided, angry, squabbling, the world’s largest debtor nation, with rampant divorce, family breakdown and unprecedented sexual anarchy, 1 in 7 on food stamps, 1 in 9 on antidepressants – on so many levels America is disintegrating.

Let’s review a few highlights of the current scene:

Let’s quickly survey a few more Bizarro World hot spots:

The way out

How did this happen? Why has America turned into Bizarro World?

It’s quite logical: Once we manage to get ourselves seduced, conned, brainwashed, intimidated, or corrupted into embracing something evil as though it were good – we automatically see good as evil.

This radical change of polarity is captured perfectly in the well-known Bible verse, “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20 KJV)

Here’s how it works: When, for whatever reason, we are tricked into embracing something corrupt, we then reflexively feel compelled to defend our new allegiance, which unfortunately means maligning and attacking those who, simply by holding to the truth we left behind, now make us feel uncomfortable.

So, let’s say you’ve had an abortion and have not yet faced the reality of what you did; you now feel threatened by pro-lifers, who somehow seem menacing and malevolent to you, regardless of how innocent, harmless and well-meaning they may actually be. Something is making you very uncomfortable in their presence, but it’s not really them. It’s the light of conscience you’ve extinguished (at least temporarily) in yourself, now shining brightly through them. Literally, the light of God makes you feel bad (guilty), so you blame and malign those in whom it shines. That’s the pro-choice movement in a nutshell. In fact, that’s Christian persecution in a nutshell.

As George Orwell put it: “The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it.”

Another factor that makes seeing evil as good, and good as evil, so easy is that we human beings are very adept at clothing our corruption with a veneer of goodness, even holiness. For example, as I explain in “How Evil Works”:

Jihadist wannabes can buy into such murderous insanity precisely because their insanity happens to closely parallel the truth! After all, self-sacrifice, martyrdom – giving up one’s life for God – is great and noble and honorable. “Foxe’s Book of Martyrs,” an encyclopedic compilation of true stories of Christian martyrdom, was one of the most popular books in the Protestant world from the 16th through the 19th centuries. Genuine martyrdom is an exceedingly high calling, as is standing up and courageously opposing evil oppressors – exactly what jihadists are told they are doing when they’re slaughtering innocent men, women, and children. What they’re being taught has the resonance of truth, although they end up embracing a hideous perversion of truth.

Just as murdering innocent people morphs (in the deluded mind) into righteous “martyrdom,” likewise, aborting babies becomes “reproductive justice” and two homosexuals playing house becomes “marriage equality” and Obama confiscating Americans’ hard-earned money so he can reward his friends, consolidate his power, bribe liberal voting blocs and take endless expensive vacations is called “social justice.” We’ve got a really nice name for everything rotten.

But all of this is rooted in the same denial-steeped reasoning – the same “Bizarro logic” – that criminals use to justify their predatory acts: “I took his money because I needed it.” “I had sex with the kid because he wanted it.” “I only care about me and my friends.” “This is justice for Trayvon.”

In our Bizarro World, true justice and true righteousness are replaced by fake justice and fake righteousness. Just as a noble society is rooted in affirming and encouraging all the good qualities of human nature – honesty, thrift, courage, unselfishness, hard work, modesty and so on – today’s culture orbits more and more around everything low in human nature – immorality, laziness, distraction, self-indulgence, envy. Indeed, Winston Churchill called socialism “the gospel of envy,” and every other disastrous ideology and debased human inclination likewise becomes clothed in false righteousness for those who have descended into Bizarro World – another name for rebellion against God.

For some of us, the pain and suffering of living life in Bizarro World finally awakens us to realize we’ve been rebelling against our Creator – that we’ve been tricked, and that now something else, with its own bizarre thoughts and feelings, has been “created” and is living through us, kind of like in “The Invasion of the Body Snatchers.” It’s called sin. It’s in us, but it’s not really us.

There is a simple way out of this state: It’s called repentance. If we will only stop in our tracks and cease being so prideful and angry; if we will stop making excuses, blaming everyone else and justifying everything wrong with us; if we will just relax, take a deep breath and realize that something is seriously wrong with us, but that God can help us; if we will just find the courage, honesty and dignity not to freak out, but to face our sinfulness calmly, and to wordlessly ask God to help us, He will. It’s what He does.

He will take us by the hand and lead us away from Bizarro World – which is just a comic-book term for the angry, rebellious, excuse-ridden, inverted, perverted realm most of us dwell in – and He will show us the way out.

Once we get our feet firmly planted on His path, then everything that once seemed so important and fulfilling to us – when we were tangled up with and compulsively attracted to everything wrong – will just seem, well, bizarre.

The preceding was excerpted from the September issue of Whistleblower, WND’s acclaimed monthly magazine edited by David Kupelian. Find out more about Whistleblower.


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