And I mean that literally - so far as I know.
I'm talking about the world and what ought to happen. It is a strange situation - to know for sure that everybody is wrong and yet not to know what is right.
I spend a fair bit of time (far too much time) reading analyses of the current spiritual (and materialist) malaise; how we got where we are, and the main features and problems. There are plenty such analyses - many I find broadly convincing, and some seem very astute.
But when it comes to the matter of what we should do, everybody is always wrong. This seems very obvious to me. It is not a subtle matter. When it comes to making suggestions about how to make a better future, when it comes to policies and plans - everybody is always wrong.
Of course, some/ most people are not just wrong - but are the opposite of right: they advocate stuff that will make things much more, much more quickly. Some are incompetent and uninformed; but many of these, indeed, want to make things worse - they are evil people, with inverted values - and they want to make this mortal life as much like hell as possible.
But even the well motivated people, even Christians, even Christians who really understand things - are always wrong about what we should do.
It suddenly struck me that this is an exact description of our situation. It isn't going to change. We know what is wrong, but we don't know how to fix it - we don't even know approximately. We haven't a clue.
And this is rather strange.How is it that I know for sure that everybody is always wrong when I myself do not know what is right, when I myself am always wrong?
It doesn't seem to make much sense - how can wrong plans and policies be known without right to compare it with? Yet wrong obviously can be and is knowable, even without knowing right.
Where does this leave us; where does it leave me, specifically? The situation is that I know for sure that all these plans and policies are wrong, and will make things worse; yet I cannot suggest what ought to be done instead. Even if I could, nobody would take any notice - but in fact I can't and never will be able to say what ought to be done.
I don't think things always have been like this; I think this is something new. I think it is a characteristic of the End Times.
What it tells me is that the whole System and set-up of world civilisation has come to the point when it is unavoidably finished - when it makes no sense of any kind, and cannot be made to make sense.
We live in an insane and incoherent world of purposive lies, deliberate ugliness and the inversion of virtue. We know enough to recognise the fact, and not to go along with it - but there is nothing we can do about it.
There is no way out - in this mortal world. Of course there is a way out through the portal of death and (by following Jesus) to Heaven, if we choose it.
In a sense this is a great relief! I can - and should - stop worrying, have faith, and get on with my actual life. Time spent on plans and policy aiming at a better future would merely be making matters worse (because inevitably wrong).
So, everybody is always wrong... This is good news! What a liberation!