Progressives tend to believe that, since all cultures are equally virtuous and all ideas are dependent on culture, all ideas are equally virtuous.
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).