How many people have thought through their most basic beliefs? Beliefs so obvious that you never bother to think about them and simply reason from them as a base. In fact rejecting them places you in an odd position leading to self-refutation, a house collapsing in on itself from internal weakness. Let’s look at just three:
- There are universal truths.
- There is but one universal logic.
- Reason can be trusted.
I have had many people argue with me at various times that one or more of the foregoing are in fact false. The most common is number one. There is no truth (except that statement is a truth claim).
The Nazi’s argued for polylogism as a means of dehumanizing their opposition and enhancing their claims of racial superiority. Marx argued for it between classes. Polylogism is nothing more than attempt to make myself immune from challenge. It permits me to silence you when I am losing the argument, you bourgeois pig.
The antithesis of three is typically found in a radical skeptic. But what did he use to arrive at that conclusion, divine revelation? It must be because reason cannot be trusted. Then again his reason cannot be sure it was divine revelation. We cannot use reason to determine that reason cannot be trusted any more than we can pull our drowning body out of the water with our own hair.
There is an article on why gay men don’t believe in love. He lists a variety reasons, to wit, “We Still Don’t Understand ‘Happily Ever After'”, “We Don’t Have As Many Role Models” etc. There is one reason missing, an alternate explanation, which is just as likely. Because you are both the same sex, you do not complete each other in a way that a man and a woman do. You assume that the love that exists between two romantic partners is itself gender neutral, that there is nothing unique about the love between a man and a woman. There are all kinds of love in the world, the love for friends, for our parents, siblings, erotic love, love for nature, love for God and so forth. On the dark side there are all kinds of pathologies that cause love to fail narcissism, selfishness, solipsism, lack of empathy and the like. All of these prevent a person from loving because they are focused on the self and not the person. Self-love can be beneficial but it is also a poison leading to selfishness. Even if you eliminate the deleterious effects of those pathologies, if your ideal for love is the love that occurs between men and women in marriage then perhaps you’re using the wrong standard. One can pursue “marriage equality” but from first principles it will not be the same no matter how accepting the background culture is.
You write articles like this.
I have been rather busy and unable to blog but I will be back the first part of May.
I Up the escarpment where the wind has stripped the trees of their leaves I saw Truth hiding in her threadbare clothes, starved and hollowed A pale, grey feeble smile flashed and disappeared She will not die She will not die despite the universal claim For Truth is central to life even if few will believe There is nothing I can do for her because I am not here Neither dream nor real or the product of imagination It occupies the mind as a distant echo too faint to hear Or a mere observation far removed tunneled deep into memory So only the feeling remains. Come with me. We are moving to the edge of the undefined and dark Listen you can hear a child’s laughter drifting in wind The echoes of momentary joy The innocence can almost make you forget That he will learn to weep soon enough And the days are coming when he will scarcely remember When he didn’t. II There is a nameless darkness spreading like ink Silent, it fills the intellect of men Certainty dwells where Humility was Indifference laughs at heroism and Contempt for innocence is a cultural cascade Open your eyes and see while you can. You can drift by people every day where the darkness has been Their eyes are full of life and optimism but they are dead inside Despair by choice but not by feeling, Where gratitude once existed there is only discontent Driving desperate dreams of perfection. But Reality does not conform or bend to the will of man So they satisfy their cravings of solipsistic perfection by eating their own They hunger for Utopia that is always arriving but never staying, Punishing an army of enemies who drove it away. Who will pay for what you deserve? The dark mind is lost in a world so large It is no longer a world of measured bounds but a pointless, empty, expanse. Adventurers in lassitude on a map of despair Featureless, endless, meaningless They are ever searching in larger circuitous routes. Beginning with discontent and ending in discontent Satisfaction will not be obtained. They fill infinitiy’s frames with materialist distractions Joyful in the now; desperate in the eternal Waiting not for revelation but decimation. A fusion of emotion in a riot of madness Sexual desire, loathing and joy blending to one. Along the road I found a message today. Dropped in an empty bottle of malt liquor It had a brown drinking bag twisted around the neck And round the twist flies danced across the surface I kicked the bottle as I stepped over it The message fell out into the gutter It read “You have been deceived. Don’t believe it. The evil never tire and the good are exhausted.” But who is good? III Perfect preceded the imperfect and road back no man can take. Among the world weary, rich in experience of decadent displays They can sense the nothing at the end They will by any means build eternal man A body of infinite repair five hundred years hence A life to span the millennia. Money cannot raise perfect children But it can raise perfect monsters Transhuman spawn Living across boundless space and time Imagining it can spit in the face of God Eternal worldly life will surely make us monsters For even as the drug addict seeks higher highs So too does the dark mind seek Obliteration from the map of despair.
There is an article at the Atlantic citing a study on how self-selection among the affluent for marriage has increased inequality by 25%. Since progressives despise rising inequality and applying the logic they have used in other areas, the following approaches could be used to stem this tide.
- Ban women from attending college.
- Only permit unmarried women to work.
- The Federal government will arrange your marriage and to keep it fair, it will disregard, age, gender, religion or sexual orientation.
- You can marry whom you want but if you marry someone also affluent you will be taxed at a higher rate for the duration of the marriage.
Changing culture to rectify perceived wrongs will always spawn adverse consequences. Culture in simplistic terms is like a fluid filled bag; push too hard inside on one wall the other side collapses. But unlike the fluid filled bag, it’s not a simple cause and effect. The collapse may take generations to occur and it may happen in areas you didn’t expect.