Worldviews at War

Let’s step back a little and take a look at the big picture I am describing in theprogressiveworldview.com blog and in my book Newthink.

…what I am talking about is the usurpation of the traditional American worldview (which I call Americanism) by the progressive worldview (which I call newthink).

Not to spoil the ending, but what I am talking about is the usurpation of the traditional American worldview (which I call Americanism) by the progressive worldview (which I call newthink).

Worldviews exist broadly across geography and over history. They don’t just pop up like mushrooms. They evolve over time, with general themes modified by local variations. A really new worldview is an epochal development.

When two significantly different worldviews exist as geographic neighbors or contemporaneously in the same society, friction occurs. If the unconscious beliefs of a worldview posit the necessity of conversion or overthrow of societies with other worldviews, it creates an existential struggle for domination, such as the current worldview struggle between the Muslim world and all its neighbors.

Historically, the western civilization worldview with its Society is a Wilderness metaphor compelled its members to either convert (civilize) other societies or overthrow them. The western civilization worldview overthrew the barbaric worldview throughout the earth. Whether Huns, Goths, Vandals, Tartars, Visigoths, Vikings, Celts, Indians, Native Americans or African tribes, they were all seen by westerners as godless, primitive and inferior societies. Good civilized people felt it was their duty of to educate, convert and, if necessary, overthrow them.

Americanism emerged from the western civilization worldview and inherited its tenets of right-and-wrong from it. The main difference in the two worldviews was in Americanism’s government metaphor: Government is Fire. This metaphor shaped the American belief in the necessity of small government restrained by checks and balances, which exists for only a few essential functions such as defending the nation and protecting the individual rights of citizens. Although Americanism was not as radical a departure from the western civilization worldview as the latter was from Barbarism, it still required an overthrow – the American Revolution. In its wake, a separating ocean then provided Americanism room to grow.

World history for over a century has been dominated by newthink’s evolution and its encroachment upon other cultures and worldviews around the globe.

But what goes around comes around. Now newthink, a relatively new worldview which because of modern technology has quickly achieved worldwide scope, is carrying out its own cultural takeover. World history for over a century has been dominated by newthink’s evolution and its encroachment upon other cultures and worldviews around the globe. In Europe, its overthrow of the western civilization worldview is nearly complete. In America, its overthrow of Americanism is well under way. America’s 20th and 21st century history has largely been the story of newthink’s usurpation of the traditional American worldview.

Newthink is replacing Americanism. But this usurpation, while monumental, is nebulous, masked by its own mostly unconscious nature and the great technological change of our times. Thus, its logic is hidden. Newthink looms over us, its powerful dynamics buffet our world, but it is only dimly perceived and little understood. Traditional America may never see it clearly until it is beyond challenge.

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Worldviews are mostly unconscious group phenomena

I intend to outline the basic arguments of Newthink in this blog and flesh them out with some examples. Bear with me – I am going somewhere with this.

Today’s point: Worldviews are mostly unconscious group phenomena.

Worldviews are group phenomena, operating on a society-wide level. Like an organism which contains many parts, each incomplete in itself, the whole cognitive structure of a worldview is shared; each person carries only a part. A worldview only makes sense when viewed as shared knowledge.

Since most thought is unconscious, it follows that worldviews are mostly unconscious. Like the mind of a human, the shared mind – the worldview – of a society operates for the most part unconsciously, under the surface. Popping above the surface, its social conventions and explicit tenets are evident, if not fully understood. But for the most part, a worldview operates nebulously. We absorb and obey the tenets of our society unconsciously.

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