Milestones on the Path of Humanism: Atheism, Narcissism and Solipsism

The belief that humanity is the ultimate authority is the essence of humanism.

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.
• We should celebrate human beings, not God.
• Humanity is the ultimate authority.

The unconscious logic branching out of this belief is:

• God doesn’t exist.
• It is important to be loved by humanity.
• Utopia is possible.

 

Along the path of humanism are milestones. The first milestone: If humans are the ultimate reality, then God is not. Newthink’s inherent belief system is atheism. The second milestone: If the ultimate reality is humanity, it’s only one step to believing that “the ultimate reality is me.” Remember how the 1970s, a period of huge progressive growth in America, was called the “me decade.” Narcissism is a common destination for newthinkers. The third milestone: If the ultimate reality is me, then it’s only one step to believing that “all reality exists only because of my perceptions.” Luckily, few progressives travel that far down the path.

Newthink’s inherent belief system is atheism, but humanity’s innate religious drive conflicts with this, resulting in a slew of pseudo-religious movements devoid of God…

Since humanity is the ultimate authority to newthinkers, as the progressive worldview takes over, those plumbing the inner reality of humans – psychologists, spiritual mentors – become part of a new humanistic priesthood. The more progressive psychologists are no longer just trying to understand and treat psychological illness; they are performing some priestlike duties, like explaining the divine (inherently noble human nature) to laypersons. Spiritual mentors pop up to fill the void left by priests and pastors. As James Hitchcock says, “Religion cannot be suppressed forever. If suppressed, it comes back, sometimes in bizarre and deformed ways.”* Newthink’s inherent belief system is atheism, but humanity’s innate religious drive conflicts with this, resulting in a slew of pseudo-religious movements devoid of God, part of what Hitchcock calls the cult of self-worship.

* James Hitchcock, What is Secular Humanism?, (Servant Books, 1982), p. 78.

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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).