Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Logopathology, Talking Heads, and Political Hatred

Sure, you'd never apologize for the first amendment, but then you're not a constitutional scholar, are you? A leftist constitutional scholar -- like W.C. Fields poring over the Bible -- spends his time looking for loopholes.

Say, why do we have free speech, anyway? Isn't most of it inane if not counterproductive? Perhaps, but first of all, man would go insane without the ability to let off steam by serially discharging his interior world.

The other day we jokingly made a $50 bet with our seven year old that he couldn't go all day without speaking. He took us seriously, and was disappointed when he only lasted about five minutes. To shut him up would be like trying to push back against a volcano.

Where does this interior pressure come from? Why the incessant blah blah, which hasn't stopped since the day he was born? For all of us, even when our mouth isn't moving, our gums are flapping away in our heads, aren't they? Freud tried to reduce it all to "instinctual energy" -- as if speaking would be unnecessary if only we had enough instantaneous food and sex.

No, in order to understand man, we must consider humanness on its own level. Yes, man includes material and biological planes -- obviously -- but he also encompasses and expresses emotional, spiritual, cognitive, aesthetic, moral, mystical, and other planes and modes.

Ever since the scientific revolution there has been an attempt to understand the phenomenon of man by reducing him to something less than he is. It works, except you eliminate man in the process -- like cutting open someone's head to see where the thoughts come from.

Indeed, in premodern times there was a medical procedure known as trephination, which involved drilling a hole through the skull. This was prehistoric man's first form of psychotherapy, and you can understand why. Presumably mental illness was as common then as it is today -- although I suspect it was actually more common. In any event, for pre-literate human beings with extremely concrete thinking, it would make sense to drill a hole in the head in order to allow the persecutory thoughts to escape.

In fact, this explains the contemporary phenomenon of self-cutting. When such an individual slashes himself, he subjectively feels a relief of interior pressure.

But more generally, modern man has innumerable outlets to relieve the build-up of psychic pressure. As I've mentioned before, human beings are probably no healthier than they were, say, 100 years ago. It's just that they have so many more means available to act out their illness, which also relieves pressure.

A hundred years ago, for example, a Madonna would be just a typical gorgon-variety sexual hysteric instead of a sad quinquagenarian flasher. Neither solution is preferable, although for some reason the latter is considered "liberated."

For good or bad, this is often what politics comes down to. To paraphrase someone, politics involves "the organization of hatreds," and this isn't far from the truth, certainly for the left.

In fact, this is one of our problems with our leftist friends: we try to engage them with ideas, but they just want to hate us. As such, we are a necessary part of their psychic furniture, similar to the function Jews serve in the Arab mind. If not for Jews, all that hatred would be stuck inside Arab heads, for which reason they'd probably have to resort to trephination (or else mutilate more females than they already do).

Men serve the same function for self-hating feminists, as do corporations for the envious, or imaginary racists for race-obsessed liberals. You wouldn't want to be stuck inside Chris Matthews' head -- I know, full stop -- if there were no outlet for all that hatred. But in addition to externalizing his own hatred, Matthews does the same thing for others by proxy, hence he is employable instead of just certifiable. For now, anyway.

When you listen to someone articulate your own hatreds, it provides a sense of relief. And sometimes this is helpful, as in Churchill's speeches during WWII, or Reagan's vis-a-vis the Evil Empire. To paraphrase something Kimball wrote in the latest National Review, temper should be deployed, not lost. And "one should be angry at the proper things, in the proper degree, for the proper duration." Sober, in other words, not just indulgent.

We're getting a little far afield here. What I wanted to discuss is the logos, which is the real reason man's interior life "overflows" in the way it does. It does this because we are in the image of the Creator, who has the same "problem," as it were. All a part of being Infinite.

Voeglin writes of "the power of the logos as a cosmic force that can be used by man for good or evil purposes in accordance with order or disorder in the psyche."

One reflection of the logos is of course speech, which can be "a great and powerful master; it operates with magic force on man; the spell of divinely inspired language can swerve the soul when it is weakened, by passion or lack of knowledge, toward opinion in conflict with truth..."

Indeed, "the power of the logos over the soul can be compared to that of a drug over the body; as the drug can heal or kill, harmful persuasion can drug and bewitch the soul."

But enough about Obama. Besides, Clinton has the same effect on the susceptible, through which people long to be magically healed via soothing and self-serving lies and distortions. Which never works, at least in the long term. But MSM journalists never stop trying.

In short, "speech is a powerful thing... that can form or deform the order of man and his actions, while in their turn the movements of the psyche can move language toward truth or nontruth."

And the slave is any person who can neither order himself "nor respond to the order of mature men."

In conclusion, a few words about the true order of the psyche. Properly ordered, it is engaged in "the loving quest of truth in response to the divine drawing from the Beyond; the divine-human movement and countermovement of love is the source of man's knowledge concerning his existence in truth..." Or just say O <--> (¶).

14 Comments:

Blogger Cond0011 said...

Love is the Key, Bob.

Beautifully, written. As usual.

9/12/2012 09:11:00 AM  
Blogger mushroom said...

The other day we jokingly made a $50 bet with our seven year old that he couldn't go all day without speaking.

There are people on whom it would be $50 well spent.

9/12/2012 09:48:00 AM  
Blogger mushroom said...

Here's the quote from Robert Mitchell I keep in the sidebar:

It was a war of words and speaking just as much as a war of iron and blood. If the fighting was sometimes noble and brave, it was because certain words were in the minds of men. If the fighting was sometimes stupid and vicious, it was because certain other words were in the minds of men. Whatever else Churchill may have been doing in those days, he was always providing the English with words.

9/12/2012 09:59:00 AM  
Blogger mushroom said...

Hey, OT, good to see you back.

9/12/2012 10:43:00 AM  
Blogger EbonyRaptor said...

Does evil exist without a victim? Does light exist without material to reflect it? Does a tree falling in a forest make noise if no one is close enough to hear it?

Yes on all counts.

Is evil necessary for good to exist? No, but it is necessary for humans to have an alternative choice in free will.


Hoping this isn't blasphemous, but I've wondered if humanity isn't God's response to the fallen angels. As if he took the challenge that His love could overcome and defeat evil and we are His creation toward that end. I believe the purpose of this life is to experience good and evil and choose good, and just like the evil one tries to sway us to evil, so too does God extend His love to us in the hope we are attracted to Him.

9/12/2012 10:46:00 AM  
Blogger Magnus Itland said...

Recently, one of my characters told me: "The easier it is to think, the harder it is to speak. The easier it is to speak, the harder it is to think."

The mind-chatter that is often named "thought" is commonly a defense against thought, an attempt to convince ourselves that if we describe reality a little differently from how we suspect it is, our description will prevail.

9/12/2012 11:11:00 AM  
Blogger mushroom said...

... if we describe reality a little differently from how we suspect it is, our description will prevail.

I catch myself at this.

9/12/2012 11:59:00 AM  
Blogger Peyton said...

ER, I doubt that you are being blasphemous. There are scriptures that would seem to support you. The only one I can think of right now is "Consider my servant Job ..."

9/12/2012 01:25:00 PM  
Blogger ge said...

I was planning my trepaned hole a bit more symmetrically-placed front & centre, the better to display a
ruby or opal!

9/12/2012 04:15:00 PM  
Blogger julie said...

In short, "speech is a powerful thing... that can form or deform the order of man and his actions, while in their turn the movements of the psyche can move language toward truth or nontruth."

Ironically, when speech is in the service of evil it is most effective when it serves to destroy meaning. Thus, when acceptance of gay marriage leads to acceptance of incest, those who've fallen prey to deformed speech can only shrug. "Love who you want. Isn’t that what we say?"

9/12/2012 08:05:00 PM  
Blogger EbonyRaptor said...

Logopathology ...

Aristotle's three means of persuation - ethos, pathos and logos.

Ethos doesn't work because neither side respects the other.

Pathos has limitted effectiveness on conservatives because reason trumps emotion.

Logos has no effectiveness on leftists because they don't allow reason to trump emotion.

So, the same words are spoken but it's two languages. Communication is impossible. One side must defeat the other - that's it.

9/12/2012 10:33:00 PM  
Blogger EbonyRaptor said...

Open Trench said "If everyone were enlightened and sainted, what would that make you?

Very ordinary. Are you sure then, you don't need the leftist?"

Assuming you mean leftist in juxtaposition to enlightened and sainted, then it seems your question can be extended a step further by asking "Won't Heaven be boring?"

My answer to your question and mine is "no". Ordinary is perfectly fine when your focus is outward, beyond yourself.

9/12/2012 10:51:00 PM  
Blogger Cond0011 said...

"If everyone were enlightened and sainted, what would that make you?"

Quite happy, thank you.

There is the occasional marriage where the two have lived in harmony for so long that they have nothing to say. They are in agreement, they do their day to day things in silence and their actions do the talking for them.

I believe that humanity "would find a way to struggle on",OT. :)

9/13/2012 05:02:00 AM  
Blogger ge said...

''There is the occasional marriage where the two have lived in harmony for so long that they have nothing to say. They are in agreement, they do their day to day things in silence and their actions do the talking for them. ''

...then one day the husband turns to the wife and says, "I'm proud of you!"
Having lost some of her hearing she says "Come again?"
"I say I'm proud of you!"
"Say wha---?" She cups her hand behind her ear.
"I'm PROUD of you!"
She replies "Oh, well I'm tired of you too!"

9/13/2012 07:16:00 AM  

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