More on the Newthink Belief in Human Nobility

…humans have an inherent religious utopian urge which is necessarily sublimated in a worldview where God is absent. This urge transforms into an impulse to see paradise on earth rather than in heaven…

As my previous post noted, newthinkers believe that people are inherently and transcendentally noble. (Please note that when I say something like, “newthinkers believe so-and-so,” I mean that some believe it consciously, some believe it only partly consciously and some – probably most – believe it unconsciously. And, of course, some don’t believe it at all, because I am speaking in generalities, not in things that apply to every single person.) Several factors support this belief. First, humans have an inherent religious utopian urge which is necessarily sublimated in a worldview where God is absent. This urge transforms into an impulse to see paradise on earth rather than in heaven, influencing newthinkers to perceive nearly all people as virtuous regardless of evidence to the contrary. Second, this belief allows people to belong to the local chapter of the Easy Virtue Club: you admire my goodness and I’ll admire your goodness and we’ll all feel so good about ourselves. Third, people who haven’t suffered don’t know evil. Like the three monkeys who see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil, it’s just easier not to acknowledge human iniquity. Newthink inculcates naivete in its members and is often embraced by the naive or those psychologically hiding from evil.

In contrast, traditional Americans generally believed that humans had the potential for good or evil. To them, man had a primitive nature and barbarism was an eternal threat. Civilization was a veneer over that nature. But man had free will and the ability to act either toward good or evil.  Civilization helped man suppress his primitive nature, express his higher nature, and become good.

Out of the unconscious newthink belief that human beings are inherently and transcendentally noble comes a number of entailments. These entailments are further unconscious beliefs that grow out of the original belief. Think of them as branches forking off of the main “Human beings are inherently and transcendentally noble” branch of newthink’s worldview tree. They are:

• Our bad behavior is caused by society damaging our nobility.
• We need to strip away society and return to a natural state to uncover our inherent and transcendent nobility.
• All cultures are equally virtuous because they are composed of equally, inherently noble human beings.
• We should celebrate human beings, not God.
• Our feelings are inherently noble.
• Our motives are inherently noble.
• Our struggle is not internal.
• Great social evil is improbable.

Because they are so fundamental and widespread, a worldview’s unconscious beliefs shape society. As I analyze each major unconscious belief of newthink, I’ll discuss the social dynamics they’ve created.

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