A Progressive Belief: Our Motives are Inherently Noble

Progressives tend to see their own motives as inherently noble.

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.
• Our motives are inherently noble.

 The unconscious logic branching out of this belief is:

• Because our intentions are virtuous, we will achieve virtuous results.
• We are incapable of traditional “evil” behavior.
• We are progressively virtuous.

 

Because they are inspired by their own presumably noble feelings and motives, newthinkers tend to feel infallible. They believe that humanity is inherently noble, so virtuous intentions will lead to virtuous results. They believe that their noble motives mean that they are incapable of traditional “evil” behavior. The traditional American belief that the road to Hell is paved with good intentions is foreign to them.

The belief that one’s motives are inherently noble causes close-mindedness. Newthinkers see themselves as freethinkers, but, typically, their self-image is the opposite of reality.

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