The Progressive Worldview’s Society Metaphor: Society Is a Battlefield

Newthink’s society metaphor is Society is a Battlefield:

Society is a Battlefield Metaphor
• Society is a Battlefield
• Social interaction is war between groups.
• Warring groups either dominate or are dominated.

The traditional American worldview’s society metaphor was Society is a Wilderness. In traditional America, humanity’s social purpose was to civilize the wilderness. From this metaphor came unconscious entailments like “civilization must be defended from barbarism,” “it is virtuous to go into the wilderness and spread civilization” and so on.

The progressive worldview’s society metaphor is Society is a Battlefield. Under this perception, society is composed of groups struggling for domination. Warring groups either dominate or are dominated. Many of the progressive worldview’s most important beliefs branch out of this fundamental metaphor.

The unconscious logic supporting this belief goes like this:

• Society is a Battlefield
• Social interaction is war between groups.
• Warring groups either dominate or are dominated.

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The unconscious logic of this belief’s single entailment is:

• The dominant group ruthlessly oppresses and exploits the weaker group.

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A Progressive Belief: Wisdom is Felt, Not Learned

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 need to strip away society and return to a natural state to uncover our inherent and transcendent nobility.
• The more natural, the more virtuous.
• Emoting is natural and therefore virtuous; thinking is unnatural and therefore unvirtuous.
• Wisdom is felt, not learned.

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To newthinkers, emoting is natural and therefore virtuous; thinking is unnatural and therefore unvirtuous. Wisdom is felt, not learned.

…if seniors aren’t wiser than younger people, then why give them any deference? Under newthink, they’re really just wrinkly, cranky and unfashionable versions of everyone else.

Radical ramifications are created by this disrespect of traditional wisdom. They include the devaluation of older Americans: if seniors aren’t wiser than younger people, then why give them any deference? Under newthink, they’re really just wrinkly, cranky and unfashionable versions of everyone else. If the advantages of age aren’t appreciated, then the sizzle has to go to the young.

Newthink trash-cans tradition – another effect of this disrespect. If wisdom is felt, not learned, then tradition doesn’t really matter. The spoiled generation which grew up in the sixties looked at the blessings of American society and found them wanting. Western civilization and all its accomplishments were taken for granted. They could do it better.

Newthink’s disrespect of traditional wisdom is self-justifying. If traditional wisdom is worthless, then a new worldview is necessary. That opens the door for newthink.

The Worldview Tree

The three primary metaphors of a worldview form a sort of trunk, out of which grow its shared beliefs. These beliefs branch out in logical increments to create a mostly unconscious group cognition I call a worldview tree.

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Here’s my definition:

worldview tree n : the shared and mostly unconscious cognitive structure of a culture which grows out of its primary cognitive metaphors, and branches out into logical off-shoots of belief