Day: February 22, 2013

Progressive Missionaries

The social dynamics of a worldview create character archetypes. Each society rewards certain behaviors that coagulate into personality profiles. As people grow up and find their place in society, their characters are shaped by their worldview. Certain character traits are adaptive and – consciously and unconsciously – encouraged. Others are not. The social dynamics of the “to change the world for the better, change society, not individuals” belief and its entailments create the Progressive Missionary character archetype.

Progressive Missionaries:
Newthinkers who spread progressivism through education, media, politics and the takeover of public institutions.

They are the best of the progressives and their intentions are virtuous. But they often do more harm than good to the chosen recipients of their virtue.

Whereas traditional do-gooders tended to focus on individuals, Progressive Missionaries focus on social change. They often don’t see the trees for the forest. Progressive Missionaries are well-intentioned, passionate, energetic, intelligent, farseeing, confident, perhaps a little arrogant. They are the best of the progressives and their intentions are virtuous. But they often do more harm than good to the chosen recipients of their virtue. Once in positions of influence, they use their institutions for progressive social improvement.