See? Told Ya So: The Boston Bomber

In my March 21, 2013 blog post, I said, “Newthinkers sympathize with those who behave badly. Progressive sympathy often goes more to traditional evildoers than their victims because newthink tends to see traditional evildoers as damaged goods – inherently noble beings damaged or corrupted by society. They are tragic figures; the victims are just props in their drama.”

Now read this:

tn_Boston BomberSympathy for the Devil

Apparently there’s been a wave of sympathy and even attraction to Boston Bomber #2, despite the 8-year-old boy he (allegedly) killed and the scores he (allegedly) maimed.  Why?  Because progressives don’t generally recognize evil.  It’s not part of their worldview.  Instead they see dysfunction or oppression.  When they are presented with an evil act, they unconsciously search for justifications.  The justification usually involves seeing the evildoer as a victim or a freedom fighter.  More on this later.

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The Beats

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.

The Beats:
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.

A Progressive Belief: We need to strip away society and return to a natural state to uncover our inherent and transcendent nobility.

The idea that people should return to a primitive state was foolish to those who had more experience with the boundaries of civilization. After spending millennia trying to get out of a primitive state, why would they want to return to it?

Traditional Americans didn’t typically believe that they were inherently noble. On the contrary, they believed that they were basically flawed or sinful, and therefore could only strive toward ideals, never fully reach them. The idea that people should return to a primitive state was foolish to those who had more experience with the boundaries of civilization. After spending millennia trying to get out of a primitive state, why would they want to return to it?

The unconscious logic supporting this belief 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.
  • We need to strip away society and return to a natural state to uncover our inherent and transcendent nobility.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau: a civilized man, but a ...

Jean-Jacques Rousseau: a civilized man, but a person who questioned whether civilization was according to human nature. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The cognitive unconscious provides “tells” of a person’s worldview in their language. These language clues are little peeks behind the curtain of the unconscious mind. They hint at the metaphors guiding one’s thoughts. For instance, the common term “noble savage” is a language clue deriving from the “we need to strip away society and return to a natural state to uncover our inherent and transcendent nobility” belief. The phrase is associated with the 18th century French philosopher Rousseau (who never actually used it but did put forward the idea of the innate peacefulness and lack of vice of primitive man). It survives because it resonates with progressives, who carry the unconscious conviction of our inherent and transcendent nobility. To newthinkers, adult innocence, whether found in a faraway culture or in one’s own life, is a holy grail. Adult innocence is for them a pseudo-religious state, equivalent to a state of grace for Christians.The unconscious logic branching out of this belief is:

  • Our bodies are inherently noble.
  • All so-called wisdom from the past is worthless.
  • Advanced culture obscures our inherent nobility.
  • The more natural, the more virtuous.
  • Children are more noble than adults because society hasn’t corrupted or damaged them as much yet.
  • Adults should strive to regain their lost innocence.
  • The future is perfectible. A transcendentally noble future is possible.