The belief that we need to return to a natural state generates an unconscious group rebellion against tradition. Newthinkers rebel, not because tradition is truly bad, but because they believe it ties them down or sullies their built-in grandeur. Newthink promotes the tossing of old values. For instance, it undermines a justification of the traditional liberal arts education – that it promotes wisdom – because the validity of traditional wisdom itself is questioned. Newthinkers unconsciously begin to suspect everything they’ve been taught because it leads them away from their innocence. So we enter what Dennis Prager calls “the age of stupidity.” Newthinkers unconsciously believe that if they could only unlearn what they’ve been taught, then true peace, happiness and wisdom would flow from the inherent and transcendent nobility within.
The false emotional association of fun and freedom with newthink, and of ordeal and restriction with Americanism, is newthink’s most powerful promotional force among youth. It created the Beat character archetype and fed progressivism’s various utopian movements.
Modern noble savages who “drop out” of society with the intention of living better and more simply. They unconsciously desire to regain their lost innocence, to uncover their inherent and transcendent nobility. They have a lack of social drive because of their conviction that traditional society only taints them. They prefer freer forms of thinking and expression because of their conviction that society confines them. They tend to purposely live more simply, with less and more primitive technology. Because they think society is corrupt, they are introspective, more interested in the interior world.
My baby-boom generation, led by Progressive Missionaries and Beats, barring a late-in-life redemption, may well be remembered as a generation of fools; our children, led by modern thugs, unless they can redeem themselves and change direction, may be remembered as a generation of thugs.
Much of the hippie movement of the 1960s and 1970s was powered by the Beat character archetype, as was the beatnik movement that preceded it, and the new age movement that followed it. The Beat character archetype also explains the progressive resonance with Buddhism, which contains similar themes regarding the need to unlearn old thinking patterns. All these social movements had strains running through them which extolled innocence and emphasized the necessity of rejecting one’s old beliefs and values.
Each generation, regardless of the worth of many of its members, is defined by its most active segment. My baby-boom generation, led by Progressive Missionaries and Beats, barring a late-in-life redemption, may well be remembered as a generation of fools; our children, led by modern thugs, unless they can redeem themselves and change direction, may be remembered as a generation of thugs.