Without God, All Ideas Are Equally Good: From God to Solipsism

Progressives tend to believe that, since all cultures are equally virtuous and all ideas are dependent on culture, all ideas are equally 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.
• All cultures are equally virtuous because they are composed of equally, inherently noble human beings.
• All ideas are equally virtuous, since all cultures are equally virtuous, and all ideas are dependent on culture.

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The unconscious logic branching out of this belief is:

• Judgement is unvirtuous. To judge is to discriminate against some ideas. Like all other discrimination, discrimination in ideas is unvirtuous.
• All opinions are equally valuable.
• Absolute knowledge doesn’t exist. Everything is relative. Knowledge is nothing but a social construct.

 

Intellectual judgement is unvirtuous to newthinkers because it requires the elevation of some ideas over others. Traditional Americans praised fine judgement in a person. But if a progressive describes you as judgmental, it’s not a compliment.

When judgment is unvirtuous, all opinions become equally valuable. This is another reason for the progressive worldview’s incognizant anti-intellectual streak.

A common saying nowadays is, “everybody has an opinion”– as if that means that all opinions are equally worthwhile. Progressive culture tends to refrain from making judgements about anything (except, of course, about non-progressives) because of their sense that judgement is unvirtuous. When judgment is unvirtuous, all opinions become equally valuable. This is another reason for the progressive worldview’s incognizant anti-intellectual streak.

Primitive thinking, a term from developmental psychology, describes a tendency in children of a certain age to see things only in extremes. To a child engaged in primitive thinking, it’s not “you won’t listen to me now,” it’s “you never listen to me!” Similarly, adults can also chronically overreact mentally in a cognitive pattern called polarized thinking. Imagine a continuum of certainty which ranges from absolute on the left to random on the right; hard sciences are on the left end of the continuum, close to absolute. When it became clear that the “laws” of social science often could not be scientifically proven in the same way that those of chemistry or physics were, and that they were subject to biases, social scientists overreacted. Instead of accepting social sciences as somewhere in the middle of this continuum, they perceived them as being at the right end of the continuum, in near-randomness. Acting like polarized thinkers, they perceived chaos everywhere rather than seeing degrees of randomness, or relative relativity.

relative relativity n : the concept that randomness exists in all science, but can range in degree from near 0% to near 100%

This polarized thinking has led to the academic trends of deconstruction and postmodernism. Postmodernism began as a form of literary criticism, but has become a tool used to explain everything, science included. It views science as a cultural construct with no more objective validity than any other type of knowledge.

Deconstruction is the academic process of “removing biases” – in other words, sucking all the wisdom out of knowledge.

Deconstruction is the academic process of “removing biases” – in other words, sucking all the wisdom out of knowledge. Postmodernists become intellectual termites who use the theory of deconstruction to disassemble and thereby devalue any intellectual work by revealing perceived biases or inconsistencies. What is the ultimate purpose of postmodernism? It exists to deconstruct (destroy) the traditional body of knowledge and wisdom so it can be replaced by newthink. When deconstruction is taken to the extreme, absolute knowledge disappears. Only our experience remains, which leads ultimately to solipsism. Solipsism is defined as “a theory holding that the self can know nothing but its own modifications and that the self is the only existent thing.”*

“The self is the only existent thing.” Then where is God? He is missing within newthink, though some progressives have yet to realize it.

* Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary, (G. & C. Merriam, 1977).

The Destructive Self-Delusion of Progressive Cultural Diversity

Progressives tend to believe that it is better to have cultural diversity than to group together around a common culture because all cultures are equally virtuous.

The unconscious logic supporting this belief is as follows, starting from the “Human beings are inherently and transcendentally noble” branch of the newthink worldview tree:

• Human beings are inherently and transcendentally noble.
• All cultures are equally virtuous because they are composed of equally, inherently noble human beings.
• It is better to have cultural diversity than to group together around a common culture because all cultures are equally virtuous.

The unconscious logic branching out of this belief is:

• We need to accept and support every subculture’s language, not require them to speak English.
• We need to weigh each culture’s beliefs and traditions on an equal footing with our traditional American culture.
• We must undermine traditional American culture because it erases important cultural differences.

 
America had always been a melting pot. Traditional Americans maintained their ethnic traditions at home, but joined a common culture in public. As time went by, for the most part, they assimilated. But to newthinkers, that melting pot is progressively unvirtuous. They envision a more virtuous “mixing bowl” of cultural diversity in which people maintain their original cultures and live together harmoniously.

As Michael Medved explains, Michael Novak’s 1972 book, Rise of the Unmeltable Ethnics, encouraged this vision with its investigation of blue collar ethnic Americans who seemed to be retaining their old-world cultural identities.* Today, however, these same ethnic groups – Polish, Greek or Italian – have largely united with the broad American culture. They retain some of their old cultures’ traditions and attitudes, but they are distinctively American today – not European. Most importantly, they intermarry with other ethnicities, and their children become cultural Americans rather than part of a subculture. Except for African-Americans, marrying someone outside your ethnicity is the norm; within two or three generations, all immigrant groups have joined the broad American culture.**

Traditional Americans strived to give equal opportunity to individuals; progressives endeavor to create equal results for groups.

Despite the persistence of American assimilation, their belief in the virtue of cultural diversity attracts progressives to multiculturalism. The dictionary definition of multiculturalism is “the policy or practice of giving equal attention or representation to the cultural needs and contributions of all the groups in a society…”*** Traditional Americans strived to give equal opportunity to individuals; progressives endeavor to create equal results for groups. Newthinking bureaucrats and businessmen routinely promote all cultures on an equal footing with traditional American culture. Ethnic studies replace traditional American civics courses and the English language becomes just one multilingual ballot or telephone menu choice among many.

To newthinkers, all cultures are inherently equal. But then how does one explain why some cultures are obviously more successful than others? Newthinkers deal with the conspicuous reality of cultural inequality by ignoring it, denying it based on biased perception, or blaming it on oppression and exploitation. As we will see, newthink’s existence depends on the maintenance of permanent subcultures that believe they are oppressed.

Progressives believe in cultural diversity, but only if each culture unifies with the progressive worldview, is properly categorized, and accepts newthink beliefs.

Progressive cultural diversity is a self-delusion. Progressives believe in cultural diversity, but only if each culture unifies with the progressive worldview, is properly categorized, and accepts newthink beliefs. Cubans must not be freedom-loving small capitalists: they must see themselves as poor and racially oppressed. African-Americans must not be adults just as capable of self-achievement as European-Americans: they must see themselves as marginalized, culturally separate and racially oppressed. New immigrants must not be eager employees: they must see themselves as exploited workers. Christian Americans must not be worshipers of God: they must believe in the nobility of humanity. Newthinkers – who purport an unwillingness to push cultural integration – vigorously try to integrate everyone into their worldview.

When initiates into the progressive worldview from these subcultures reach for the American dream, they are hobbled by their newthink beliefs. All the things that actually correlate with success – education, marriage, stable family life, a traditional code, business savvy – newthink defines as traits of the oppressive mainstream culture. Newthink’s version of cultural diversity is destructive to those who internalize it and see themselves as oppressed.

* Michael Medved, “No, America’s never been a multicultural society”, Townhall.com, http://townhall.com/columnists/michaelmedved/2007/10/10/no,_americas_never_been_a_multicultural_society, October 10, 2007.

** Ibid.

*** Webster’s New World College Dictionary, (Wiley Publishing, 2010).