The Fusion of Nature and Virtue

Under progressivism, nature and virtue fuse. To newthinkers, the more natural, the more virtuous.

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.
• The more natural, the more virtuous.

Many entailments branch out of this particular belief. The unconscious logic is: The more natural, the more virtuous. Additionally:

• Emoting is natural and therefore virtuous; thinking is unnatural and therefore unvirtuous.
• Expressing yourself is natural and therefore virtuous; stoicism is unnatural and therefore unvirtuous.
• Sex is natural and therefore virtuous; sexual inhibitions or modesty are unnatural and therefore unvirtuous.
• A simple life is natural and therefore virtuous; a complex life is unnatural and therefore unvirtuous.
• Whole foods are natural and therefore virtuous; processed foods are unnatural and therefore unvirtuous.
• Holistic medicine is natural and therefore virtuous; traditional medicine is unnatural and therefore unvirtuous.
• The environment is natural and therefore virtuous; humanity’s physical presence is unnatural and therefore unvirtuous.
• Human will is unimportant in understanding human behavior. Human behavior can be completely understood through natural influences: genetics and environment.
• So-called primitive societies are closer to nature and therefore superior to our society. The social achievements and wisdom our society has gained since primitive times are therefore bogus.

 

…the ultimate expression of newthink’s nature/virtue conflation is the environmental movement.

Nature and “the environment” are synonymous, so the ultimate expression of newthink’s nature/virtue conflation is the environmental movement. In the 1960s and 1970s, many of the hippies headed back to the land clutching copies of Mother Earth News. As the hippie movement faded, many switched from the antiwar movement to the environment. Environmentalists as guardians of nature in progressive society perform a function psychologically analogous to soldiers as guardians of freedom in traditional American society – without the pesky bullets, bombs and dying part. Also analogous is the virtue attached to the environmentalist and the soldier. Like conspicuous worshipers in the temple, anyone associated with the green movement is touched by progressive virtue, which helps account for its current ubiquity in the media and the sanctimony with which its message is delivered.

Definitions: Political Correctness and Progressive Virtue

Traditional America used good and evil to measure virtue. Newthink replaces them with progressive virtue and progressive vice.

People need to feel virtuous. Therefore, all worldviews contain a system of measuring self-virtue. Traditional America used good and evil to measure virtue. Newthink replaces them with progressive virtue and progressive vice. The name of newthink’s morality, political correctness, provides a language clue to this: correctness implies keeping score. What is being scored is one’s level of progressive virtue.

Here are some definitions:

political correctness n : progressive morality

progressive virtue n : 1 : conformity to a standard of political correctness 2 : moral merit as measured under the newthink worldview

politically correct (PC) adj : adhering to progressive morality

progressively virtuous (PV) adj : having progressive virtue –(antonym: progressively unvirtuous (unPV))

Let’s review.  Political correctness = progressive morality.  Progressive virtue = moral merit under the progressive worldview.  Under newthink, the more one conforms to a standard of political correctness, the more progressive virtue one accrues.  Please understand these concepts.  There will be a test.

A Progressive Belief: Our Bodies are Inherently Noble

While traditional Americans weren’t the prudes they are sometimes caricatured as, they did believe in personal modesty and privacy.

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.
• Our bodies are inherently noble.

The unconscious logic of this belief’s single entailment is:

• Privacy and modesty are unnatural.

 

The sense that our bodies are inherently noble logically leads to the conviction that bodily modesty and privacy are unnatural anachronisms. The salient coarsening of American culture over the last 60 years arose from this unconscious belief.

Worldviews at War

Let’s step back a little and take a look at the big picture I am describing in theprogressiveworldview.com blog and in my book Newthink.

…what I am talking about is the usurpation of the traditional American worldview (which I call Americanism) by the progressive worldview (which I call newthink).

Not to spoil the ending, but what I am talking about is the usurpation of the traditional American worldview (which I call Americanism) by the progressive worldview (which I call newthink).

Worldviews exist broadly across geography and over history. They don’t just pop up like mushrooms. They evolve over time, with general themes modified by local variations. A really new worldview is an epochal development.

When two significantly different worldviews exist as geographic neighbors or contemporaneously in the same society, friction occurs. If the unconscious beliefs of a worldview posit the necessity of conversion or overthrow of societies with other worldviews, it creates an existential struggle for domination, such as the current worldview struggle between the Muslim world and all its neighbors.

Historically, the western civilization worldview with its Society is a Wilderness metaphor compelled its members to either convert (civilize) other societies or overthrow them. The western civilization worldview overthrew the barbaric worldview throughout the earth. Whether Huns, Goths, Vandals, Tartars, Visigoths, Vikings, Celts, Indians, Native Americans or African tribes, they were all seen by westerners as godless, primitive and inferior societies. Good civilized people felt it was their duty of to educate, convert and, if necessary, overthrow them.

Americanism emerged from the western civilization worldview and inherited its tenets of right-and-wrong from it. The main difference in the two worldviews was in Americanism’s government metaphor: Government is Fire. This metaphor shaped the American belief in the necessity of small government restrained by checks and balances, which exists for only a few essential functions such as defending the nation and protecting the individual rights of citizens. Although Americanism was not as radical a departure from the western civilization worldview as the latter was from Barbarism, it still required an overthrow – the American Revolution. In its wake, a separating ocean then provided Americanism room to grow.

World history for over a century has been dominated by newthink’s evolution and its encroachment upon other cultures and worldviews around the globe.

But what goes around comes around. Now newthink, a relatively new worldview which because of modern technology has quickly achieved worldwide scope, is carrying out its own cultural takeover. World history for over a century has been dominated by newthink’s evolution and its encroachment upon other cultures and worldviews around the globe. In Europe, its overthrow of the western civilization worldview is nearly complete. In America, its overthrow of Americanism is well under way. America’s 20th and 21st century history has largely been the story of newthink’s usurpation of the traditional American worldview.

Newthink is replacing Americanism. But this usurpation, while monumental, is nebulous, masked by its own mostly unconscious nature and the great technological change of our times. Thus, its logic is hidden. Newthink looms over us, its powerful dynamics buffet our world, but it is only dimly perceived and little understood. Traditional America may never see it clearly until it is beyond challenge.