Why Appearances Tend to Be More Important than Reality to Devout Progressives

A devout traditional American sought the love of God. A devout progressive seeks the love of humanity; all you need is love.

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 should celebrate human beings, not God.
• Humanity is the ultimate authority.
• It is important to be loved by humanity.

 

If humanity is the ultimate authority, then it is understandably important to be loved by our fellow humans. But there is another reason for newthinkers’ concern about receiving the love of humanity. Men have traditionally dominated the social macrocosm; women have dominated the social microcosm. Newthinkers perceive this as a subordinate position for women and an example of gender oppression. Thus, as they attempt to correct that perceived imbalance, evolutionary micro-feminine drives are increasingly transported into the macro world. One such drive, as David Geary points out in his book Male, Female, is the need for strong interpersonal relationships.* Women tend to be more oriented toward people, men tend to be more oriented toward things; thus the increased importance under the progressive worldview of the more feminine trait of valuing popularity and love.

The unconscious logic branching out of this belief is:

• Appearances are more important than reality.
• It is more important to appear lovable than to do the right thing.
• We must offend others as little as possible.

 

People can be fooled, but God can’t. So, when humanity is the ultimate authority, appearances are more important than truth.

When others’ love is based on what they think about us, what we appear to do is more important than what we actually do. Alternatively, when our actions are based on what is right under the omniscient view of God, what we actually do is important, not what we appear to do. People can be fooled, but God can’t. So, when humanity is the ultimate authority, appearances are more important than truth.

As appearances increasingly matter more than reality, popularity becomes essential. On an international scale, though traditional Americans usually thought it was more important that the world respect us than love us, newthinkers tend to feel that America should have the world’s approval before acting.

…unfriendly global non-progressives – such as Islamist terrorists – for whom the psychology of progressives is foreign, view this appearances-are-primary, need-to-be-loved attitude as a weakness, and use it against us.

The newthink focus on appearances leads to a desire to be loved by humanity that in turn creates a hesitancy to use power. This diminishes America’s strength: if you don’t use it, you lose it. Meanwhile, unfriendly global non-progressives – such as Islamist terrorists – for whom the psychology of progressives is foreign, view this appearances-are-primary, need-to-be-loved attitude as a weakness, and use it against us.

* David C. Geary, Male, Female, (Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association, 2005), p. 326.

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