A Progressive Belief: Our bad behavior is caused by society damaging our nobility.

Unlike traditional Americans, who believed that people had the potential for good or evil and were responsible for the path they chose, newthinkers believe humans are inherently virtuous: to them, society is the culprit which perverts our true nature.

The unconscious logic goes like this, starting from the “Human beings are inherently and transcendentally noble” branch of the newthink worldview tree:

• Human beings are inherently and transcendentally noble.
• Our bad behavior is caused by society damaging our nobility.

Several important entailments branch out of this belief. The unconscious logic is: our bad behavior is caused by society damaging our nobility. Additionally:

• To change the world for the better, change society, not individuals.
• If someone’s behavior seems wrong to us, it may seem that way because of our ignorance or prejudice.
• Demanding standards of behavior are damaging because they hurt the feelings of those who can’t meet them.
• Most antisocial behavior is caused by society, which corrupts or damages the inherently noble wrongdoers until they break.

Judgement, which used to have positive connotations among traditional Americans, is a negative attribute to newthinkers.

This belief and its entailments create among newthinkers an increasing unwillingness to judge other people’s behavior. Judgement, which used to have positive connotations among traditional Americans, is a negative attribute to newthinkers. If someone is “judgmental,” they are thought to be unfairly evaluating the behavior of others, often through a filter of ignorance or prejudice. A virtuous newthinker must not judge others lest he display either his lack of understanding of their situation or his bias.

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