My favorite post to write so far has been my analysis of post-modernism. The post has roots in a problem which bothered me for years; attempting to make sense of both the causes and effects of the full range of leftist social pathologies. While self-reinforcing behavioral cycles do occur, I was unsatisfied with the chicken-and-egg cyclical nature that seems to apply to the entire post-modernist phenomenon.
Starting from my observations and working backwards, I arrived at the conclusion that modern leftists fail to understand entropy and opportunity cost. They do so because they have inherited a society wealthy enough to insulate them from the consequences of their actions, which effectively breaks the cause-effect feedback loop upon which all learning is based. From these twin failings of cognition, the rest of their policies and behaviors follow. This satisfactorily addressed the fact that all my observations boild down to ways in which leftism was somehow detached from reality itself. (Not that this didn’t stop me from addressing these observations seperately in the many posts linked at bottom!)
So yesterday I came across a post in the same vein that easily earned a spot on The Encyclopedia: John C. Wright’s “The Unified Field Theory of Madness.” Wright spells out his motivations clearly from the get go:
Do not be deceived: Leftism is an enigma. We need a theorem that explains not one or two aspects of Leftism, but all their traits.
He then follows up with his own observations:
The theory must explain, first, the honest decency of the modern liberals combined with their astonishing indifference, nay, hostility to facts, common sense, and evidence; second, it must explain their high self-esteem (or, to be blunt, their pathological narcissism) combined not merely with an utter lack of accomplishment, but with their utter devotion to destructiveness, a yearning to ruin everything they touch; third, it must explain their sanctimoniousness combined with their applause, praise, support, and tireless efforts to spread all perversions (especially sexual), moral decay, vulgarity, and every form of desecration; fourth, their pretense of intellectual superiority combined with their notorious mental fecklessness; fifth, it must explain both their violence and their pacifism; sixth, the theory must explain why they hate the very things they should love most; seventh, the theory must explain why they are incapable of comprehending an honest disagreement or any honorable foe.
I spoke above of the Unreality Principle. Here is where it comes into play. The Unreality Principle is the moral imperative to ignore and deny reality at all costs, and remain loyal and faithful to the consensus-made make-believe illusion-choked funhouse-mirror Wonderland of Liberal Bullshit. You must bathe in the bullshit, eat the bullshit, drink the bullshit, and stuff the bullshit up your nose as far as far can be, because from now own the offal will be feast and wine to you, and will be your baptism and your oxygen. It will feed and sustain you.
However, the Unreality Principle demands a cost. First, there is something like a daily maintenance cost: you must attend closely to whatever the social cues are telling you, and believe them and not your lying eyes. The needle to perform this particular lobotomy is called the Mass Media.Thanks to the Mass Media, you can live in the richest nation in the history of forever, and believe that poverty is overwhelming. You can live in the least imperial nation of all time, and denounce it daily as imperialist. You can live in the nation, out of all of infinity, which grants the best opportunities and bends over backwards to offer education and jobs to women, blacks, Jews, and immigrants of all colors and backgrounds, and denounce it as systematically racist. You can live in the nation where there are fewer Fascist White Supremacists than there are members of the Flat Earth Society, and yet believe that the brain of Hitler kept alive in a jar in Brazil is about to give the order for a sudden Aryan insurrection, and the blacks will be strung up from lampposts as far as the eye can see tomorrow. Meanwhile the real fascists who are really committing real atrocities, and are indeed leaving corpses as far as the eye can see, the social cues tell you that these are kindly people devout to the Religion of Peace provoked by the evil Jews, who only want to fly kites under the benevolent and avuncular leadership of Saddam.
Some of my own thoughts on reality vs madness:
- Reality is not Mocked – Relates to point #1 about disbelief in cause and effect
- Decisions Have Consequences – Relates to point #1 with respect to decisions based solely on compassion
- Left Wing Intolerance – Related to point #2 and sanctimoneous attitudes
- Environmentalism, Liberalism, and Libertarianism – Relates to point #4 about pseudo-intellectualism
- Political Correctness, The Matrix, and Harrison Bergeron – Relates to point #5 and the cost of maintaining the illusion