Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Left in Ten Words

As mentioned yesterday, while The Devil's Pleasure Palace tries to dig down to the diabolical foundation of the left, it does so in an unnecessarily muddled and desultory way. Just not my style. Rather than hovering around a subject from the outside in and pouring language over it, I prefer to go straight for the throat and then chuck rocks from the inside out.

Or as Don Colacho, the pinnacle of pith, says, Phrases are pebbles the writer tosses into the reader's soul. The rest is on you, because The diameter of the concentric waves they displace depends on the dimensions of the soul. From my end the rocks may feel like boulders, but for those of you with especially capacious souls, I suppose they may feel like a spray of pea gravel.

In any event, Prolixity is not an excess of words but a dearth of ideas. Note, for example, the enviable economy of the left, in that A vocabulary of ten words is enough for a Marxist to explain history. That being the case, it shouldn't take more than ten words for us to explain the ideas -- or even Idea -- of the left.

These ten words are: relativism, idolatry, ingratitude, theft, vanity, patricide, lies, adultery, murder, and anti-slack. Each is related to the others, but is there a master Idea that conditions the rest? I would suggest there is, but we'll heave that rock when we get to it.

Speaking of economy of expression, these would of course represent the inverse of the Ten Commandments. Think about that: ten rules are all we need in order to have "earth as it is in heaven." I haven't read Prager's The Ten Commandments: Still the Best Moral Code, but I'm guessing he says the same thing, more or less:

"The most important words ever written are the Ten Commandments. These words changed the world when they were first presented at Mt. Sinai to Israelites, and they are changing it now. They are the foundation stones of Western Civilization."

So, "Given their staggering importance, you would think that all societies, and certainly our educational and religious institutions, would be intent on studying them closely."

Yeah, right. He suggests that our schools "take them for granted," when that is clearly untrue. Rather, they take them quite seriously, in that they go to great lengths to teach precisely the opposite.

(He discusses each one in a video at Prager University. I haven't yet viewed them, but I guess I should. I'll start with the first.)

Recall the crack above about tossing pebbles from the inside out. Well, in this case it is God hurling foundation stones from the inside-out and top-down (which amount to the same thing). They land down and out (or rather, one might say that down and out are their shadows), and are the stones upon which we are to rebuild up and in to Celestial Central.

Here again, the story of the Tower of Babel encrapsulates the contradictory approach, in which tenured man fashions his own bricks in the effort to construct an edifice superior to God's.

Let's take #1, which I just reviewed at Prager U. He makes the point that it sets up a kind of exchange between God and man: that I, God, brought you out of slavery, so you, man, ought to see fit to obey my commandments.

I would widen out the mythopoetic narrative of Exodus, and say that at bottom it goes to the mysterious presence of freedom as such -- of free will. If man is not free then he is in bondage, and to the extent that freedom exists, it can only come from God. There is not, nor can there ever be, any scientific explanation of the mystery of free will. Freedom is as beyond the scientific horizon as what came "before" the Big Bang.

If freedom is a gift from God, then it should provoke awareness of gratitude. Thus, where the left doesn't deny or devalue freedom, it certainly never expresses gratitude for it. In fact, I would say that the ingratitude leads directly to the devaluation.

Thomas Sowell, for example, writes of a time when blacks were aware of the awesome gift of freedom. But since the 1960s, self-styled "civil rights leaders" have dismissed genuine freedom in favor of an embittered life on the white liberal plantation, meanwhile watching groups who do cherish freedom pass them by.

Instead of teaching freedom and gratitude, the left teaches victimhood (in which one is merely an object of the free instead of a subject of freedom) and bitterness (in which the gift of freedom is transformed into the curse of responsibility).

12 Comments:

Blogger swiftone said...

Could the ten words go epigrammatically into a sentence? Not sure if I ought to try, but I am suggesting it.

9/30/2015 09:28:00 AM  
Blogger swiftone said...

Here's a first shot, two words to spare.
Down elevator to barbarism? Negate God's ten commandments.

9/30/2015 09:36:00 AM  
Blogger Gagdad Bob said...

One sentence. I'll bet it could be done. Especially in Hebrew, where there's no punctuation anyway.

9/30/2015 09:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there a master Idea that conditions the rest?

Yes.

9/30/2015 11:04:00 AM  
Blogger julie said...

Well, in this case it is God hurling foundation stones from the inside-out and top-down (which amount to the same thing).

Look out below!

9/30/2015 11:05:00 AM  
Blogger Gagdad Bob said...

I was going to say absolute relativism, but it must be pride because that prompts one to reject the absolute. Gravity takes care of the rest.

9/30/2015 11:08:00 AM  
Blogger julie said...

In a sense, pride was the original sin, as Eve allowed herself to be convinced that she essentially knew better than God, thanks to the snake's suggestion. And of course, she turned around and helped Adam be convinced of the same.

9/30/2015 11:14:00 AM  
Blogger Van Harvey said...

"These ten words are: relativism, idolatry, ingratitude, theft, vanity, patricide, lies, adultery, murder, and anti-slack. Each is related to the others, but is there a master Idea that conditions the rest? I would suggest there is, but we'll heave that rock when we get to it."

My nomination for the Primary Key would be cognitively remaking the world in your own image. That was Descartes' key. And I wouldn't doubt that he took pride in it.

9/30/2015 11:50:00 AM  
Blogger mushroom said...

... it goes to the mysterious presence of freedom as such -- of free will. If man is not free then he is in bondage, and to the extent that freedom exists, it can only come from God.

It is the will which had been in bondage to the relative and material that Jesus came to liberate. And you are absolutely right that the celebration and glorification of victimhood flows from the rejection of this freedom.

No one is ever going to be free until he can say, I am not a victim of circumstance. I am not overcome by evil, but I will overcome evil with good.

9/30/2015 12:47:00 PM  
Blogger neal said...

One sentence. Out of His mouth, proceeds a double edged sword.

Zair. Crowned with the Trinity in archaic Hebrew. Otherwise, morphs into a star and crescent.

A seven, as it were. At least the colour is red orange throughout the process. Probably swamp gas, not the birth of language.

9/30/2015 01:18:00 PM  
Blogger julie said...

Speaking of the Devil's Pleasure, so now parents can buy "trangender underwear" for little girls, as young as 5, who want to be boys.

The tale in that post comes from a mom in Australia who bought a set for her daughter, "Jake," who is almost middle-school age and feels self-conscious about the bathroom. Sooo... along with all the other profoundly fucked-up implications of this situation, this moron has ensured that her little girl uses the boys' bathroom, and expects she will continue to do so, well, for life.

A girl. In the boys' bathroom. Presumably, the boys don't know yet, but inevitably they will discover that Jakey has a toy wiener in her pants, along with an all-too-real vagina, and she's the only female in a room full of unsupervised, hormonal boys.

What could possibly go wrong?

10/01/2015 05:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heard the bell for this post. Thank you!
-- PSGI...

10/01/2015 12:48:00 PM  

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