Secular Saints: The Public Display of Progressive Virtue Under Newthink

In progressive society, social advantages adhere to those who seem to possess worldlove. They gain popularity; they are shielded by the fierce protectiveness of other newthinkers; they are granted a default attitude of forgiveness for any transgressions; they walk in the glow of secular sainthood. These secular saints’ great progressive piety is derived not from actions but from the public display of their politically-correct, progressively-virtuous thoughts, and their worldlove.

English: Al Gore's Hearing on Global Warming

English: Al Gore’s Hearing on Global Warming (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Politicians, to whom popularity is always important, strive for it under newthink through the appearance of progressive virtue. Aging celebrities, anxious to hang on to their adoring public, often publicly exhibit worldlove late in their careers. Large corporations spend millions in advertising dollars seeking to wrap themselves in the glowing mantle of PV. The environmental movement is in large part a corporate public relations effort to achieve progressive virtue. This isn’t always just conscious cynicism; people continuously and unconsciously seek the appearance of virtue as it exists within their worldview, whether it be goodness under Americanism or progressive virtue under newthink.

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Progressive Empathy

As Dennis Prager often says, empathy trumps standards in progressive society. Devout progressives are motivated by their worldlove. (Worldlove is a bundle of emotions which are typically dominant in progressives, including sensitivity, empathy, righteousness and love.) Thus, for example, it is considered progressively virtuous – sensitive and loving – to accommodate foreign speakers with their native language in the public square rather than insist that all Americans speak a common tongue. That those foreigners are then disadvantaged throughout their lifetimes by their lack of fluency in standard English is irrelevant to the empathic newthinkers.

Another example: it is more progressively virtuous to pass failing students to the next grade than to insist that they be able to meet the academic standards necessary for promotion. That those students are then unable to cope with the even more stringent standards of higher classes and are primed to fail throughout their lives is, again, not relevant to the sensitive and loving newthinkers.

…worldlove initially seems all warm and fuzzy to those in its embrace. But the lucky recipients of that hug would be better off snuggling with a boa constrictor. When standards are replaced by worldlove, the results are almost universally disastrous.

Progressives filled with worldlove are able to bask in their own progressive virtue. And worldlove initially seems all warm and fuzzy to those in its embrace. But the lucky recipients of that hug would be better off snuggling with a boa constrictor. When standards are replaced by worldlove, the results are almost universally disastrous.

 

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Worldlove

Progressives tend to believe that sensitivity, empathy, righteousness and love are extremely important and should be the core of a progressive society.

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.
• Our motives are inherently noble.
• We are progressively virtuous.
• Progressive virtue is supremely important.
• Sensitivity, empathy, righteousness and love are extremely important and should be the core of a progressive society.

 

Here’s a new definition:

worldlove n : a bundle of emotions which are typically dominant in progressives, including sensitivity, empathy, righteousness and love

Peace, Love & Happiness

Peace, Love & Happiness (Photo credit: las – initially)

It’s not coincidental that this sensitive and loving righteousness that I call worldlove is emblematic of the feelings of a good mother. The prototypical emotional package of mothers has been sublimated and emerges as the emotional core of progressives, while the object of this sensitive and righteous love is no longer a child, but society as a whole. This is another example of an evolutionary micro-feminine drive – in this case, motherly love – transported into the macro world.

The unconscious logic branching out of this belief is:

• One must never hurt the feelings of the progressively virtuous.

 

Worldlove is nurtured by newthinkers like a precious and fragile seedling. In truth, it is the seedling of the newthink worldview tree in each individual progressive. Progressives are hypersensitive about the effect of words and actions on other progressives with worldlove.

…political correctness, instead of being understood as a new moral code, is commonly thought of as merely a hypersensitivity to the negative effects of words…

This trait is so conspicuous that political correctness, instead of being understood as a new moral code, is commonly thought of as merely a hypersensitivity to the negative effects of words – so much so that the dictionary definition of political correctness is “the avoidance of forms of expression or action that are perceived to exclude, marginalize, or insult groups of people who are socially disadvantaged or discriminated against.”*

* The New Oxford American Dictionary, (Oxford University Press, 2001).

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A Progressive Belief: Progressive Virtue Is Supremely Important

Progressives unconsciously and/or consciously believe that progressive virtue is supremely important.

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.
• We are progressively virtuous.
• Progressive virtue is supremely important.
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The unconscious logic branching out of this belief is:
• Sensitivity, empathy, righteousness and love are extremely important and should be the core of a progressive society.
• Society has no ultimate right to dictate to us because progressive virtue and progressive unvirtue ultimately trump human law.
• Those who do not agree with us – the progressively unvirtuous – are either ignorant or purposely unvirtuous.
• The end, which is a progressively-virtuous society, justifies the means.

 

Progressive virtue is for progressives what goodness is for traditional Americans.  Just as good is supremely important for traditional Americans, progressive virtue is supremely important for newthinkers.

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