A Tree Falls…

“If a tree falls in the forest, and no one is around to hear it—does it make any sound?”

How many times have you heard that question? More importantly, though, how many time have you actually heard an answer? Probably never, because it’s a question asked in order to pretend there is no answer as if it’s some universal quandary that defies logic. Oh and there is an answer, and it’s very simple. The next time anyone asks, simply reply…

“What! Are you stupid? Of course it does!”

The Moral Relativist would want us to believe that there are no absolutes, no universal rules, therefore unless there’s evidence the tree made a sound, then there’s no way to know that different from what every other observable pattern would tell us that for some reason the tree fell, crashed to the ground, quietly, with no sound. This is the basis of what has been taught in government-funded schools for decades. In fact more than any other place it was government schools that I heard that question, and the many others that are also part of the “Gospel” of situation ethics.

It seems harmless, that question. But it lays a foundation the results of which we see clearly every day.

Let’s change the question a bit…

“If you do something right, and nobody will ever know about it— was it still right?”


“If you do something wrong, and nobody will ever know about it— was it still wrong?”

Puts a more important face on what was a simple concept. You want to say yes, but if you think about it in the context of reality, how many people treat that question as a yes question? If someone loses a wallet with $50 in it, you find it, and no one knows you have it, and there’s no way you’d get caught…

We know how most people would respond to that situation, which is their real answer, they’d keep the money, and keep quiet. They’ve been taught that no one hears the tree fall.

Decades of indoctrination into moral relativism via tax-payer funded government schools have left most Americans ethical cripples. Why else would we shrug off Bill Clinton’s perjury as excusable, because “it was only about sex”?

They think no one hears the tree fall.

Why else would we pretend illegal immigrants really want to be our new slave class so rich people can find cheaper domestic help?

They think no one hears the tree fall.

Why else would we pretend a draft dodger is better qualified to serve as president than a wounded war veteran, then four years later pretend someone who became a propaganda tool of America’s enemies was actually war hero because he stumbled through a few month in Vietnam?

They think no one hears the tree fall.

There’s a large segment of the population now unreachable with common sense because they actually believe right and wrong are determined by the individual. What is convenient, must be right.

If you ever visit McLean, Virginia, there’s a building there that has a large monument not far inside the main doors. On that monument are stars carved into the stone. I’m told some of those stars have names, but some don’t. The building is the CIA headquarters and the monument is to memorialize those who’ve lost their lives in the service of the US while working for the CIA. The anonymous stars go back quite a long time, so long that even if the names were released today, few would be alive who even remembered them. These are people who felt so strongly about the second and third questions above, that they were willing to give their lives to do the right thing, even though hardly anyone would ever know what they’d done.

Can you comprehend the level of self-sacrifice and patriotism someone would have to have to be willing to risk their lives for a cause, knowing no one would ever know about it? How many Americans do we have that would do something like that? Not many.

Here’s an even harder question…

“If you do something right, and nobody else thinks it right— is it still right?”

I doubt many people today could actually get to that level, because they still struggle with thinking a tree can fall without making any sound.