Thursday, April 20, 2017

How Stupid Can a Man Be? And How Intelligent Should He Be?

"Historically, white supremacy has venerated the idea of objectivity, and wielded a dichotomy of ‘subjectivity vs. objectivity’ as a means of silencing oppressed peoples. The idea that there is a single truth -- 'the Truth' -- is a construct of the Euro-West... This construction is a myth and white supremacy, imperialism, colonization, capitalism, and the United States of America are all of its progeny" (A Bunch of Illiterate Liberal Fascist Students of Color).

I realize that people believe these things, but still. Do they really believe them? Is this even possible?

Let's start with the existence of truth. If there is no truth, can there be such a thing as honesty? Obviously not. One can be earnest, sincere, passionate, etc., but honesty has to do with commitment to truth. So the dim bulbs who penned this screed are not, by their own lights, honest. They are just... screeching or howling, like any other animal that registers distress.

Interesting too that the authors assert that belief in the existence of truth and objectivity is a "myth." In the profane sense, a myth is "untrue." But what can it be in the absence of truth? Why pretend shadows can exist without light?

On a deeper level, of course, myths convey transrational truths that are timeless and universal, applying to all people at all times.

Have these students never had a course in basic logic? The question answers itself, but there is a Logic without which no coherent statements of any kind can be made. This logic -- AKA Logos -- is not explicit, but rather, implicit in all speech. It is why we have speech at all, and one of the coolest ways we are in the image of the Creator.

In short, only God and man possess speech. Animals and liberal college students can "communicate," but only in a predictable and repetitious way, on a very narrow frequency.

What is especially perverse about the claims of these liberal fascists is that they render man utterly worthless. Which fascists tend to do.

To put it conversely, "The worth of man lies in his consciousness of the Absolute" (Schuon). Now, this is the same Absolute that is implicit in all speech, even if denied. Which is why the speech of the liberal fascists is so utterly incoherent: it explicitly denies the Absolute while making all sorts of claims that are meaningless in its absence.

The bottom line is that you can't just jettison the Absolute and pretend nothing has happened. Truly, it is like the Titanic hitting the iceberg while everyone ignores the water flooding into the hull. A ship cannot float, let alone get anywhere, under such circumstances. Just so, without the boundary between true and false, language crapsizes and sinks into darkness.

Which raises another important point: that language is literally a conveyer of Light. Any lover of language appreciates this, as it is one of the more experience-near emanations of spirit. Great poems are not just gay sentences.

And speaking of "myth," In the beginning was the Word; without this Word nothing was made; and in this Word is Light and Life.

Those are metaphysical claims expressed in mythopoetic manner. Not only are they true, they are precisely true, even the basis of Truth. They explain how and why the world is intelligible to intelligence, why we can share this intelligibility with each other, and ultimately how man and world are mutually illuminating, since they are derived from the same Absolute Light.

In this majestic Light, how petty and impoverished are those proudly lightless Students of Color! Imagine rejecting the one thing that elevates you above the beasts!

It is especially ironic that African Americans would embrace an ideology that considers it "fascist" to make an absolute truth claim such as All men are created equal. Not to mention the fact that if there is no truth, then there can by definition be no freedom (unless the latter is conflated with being lost in permanent confusion).

Here are some more absolute truth claims. If they make me a fascist, then what can one say but God bless fascism?:

"The intelligence of the animal is partial, that of man is total; and this totality is explained only by a transcendent reality to which the intelligence is proportioned" (Schuon).

If the intelligence of animals is partial and of man total, then the stupidity of these students is complete and irremediable. They literally situate themselves beneath the beasts, since animals at least don't believe idiotic lies about themselves.

"Objectivity, whereby human is distinguished from animal intelligence, would lack sufficient reason without the capacity to conceive the absolute or infinite, or without the sense of perfection" (ibid.).

Animals can at least rely upon unwavering instinct instead of being plunged into the darkness of an absolute subjectivity that answers to no object.

"Truth is the reason for man's existence; it constitutes our grandeur and reveals to us our littleness" (ibid.).

Note the corollary: that deconstruction pretends to reveal our littleness while exalting man's pride -- for it is a proud man who claims to have "rights" in the absence of truth.

"Totality of intelligence implies freedom of will. This freedom would be meaningless without an end prefigured in the Absolute; without knowledge of God and of our final ends, it would be neither possible nor useful" (ibid.).

In such a world, freedom becomes a nuisance -- like these cognitively shipwrecked students who agitate for things that cannot be, and insist that other people are somehow obligated to respect their stupid claims.

"[W]ith intelligence, the curve springing from God closes on itself like a ring that in reality has never been parted from the Infinite" (ibid.). That eternal circle bisects every now, as every now bisects the circle.

Recall Lincoln's gag, when someone asked him how long a man's legs should be: long enough to reach the ground. Similarly, how intelligent should a man be? Intelligent enough to reach the ground of truth, i.e., to intuit the principles without which truth is impossible and man sinks beneath himself.

8 comments:

julie said...

Imagine rejecting the one thing that elevates you above the beasts!

For an alarmingly significant number of people, living as merely a beast is their ideal.

Anonymous said...

The PC crowd is super powerful right now. Truth? Truth will not get you tickets to a sporting event or anything else you want. So why be down for it?

I don't see why you don't join in the PC movemnent. The enormous spoils to be had should be considered.

A psychologist who aligns him or herself with PC group-speak can make a killing in today's progressive training, consulting, or writing fields. Don't you want to make a killing, Mr. G?

Or do you want to keep harping on the truth, as if anyone wants to know what that is anymore? And try to write books?

I just don't want to see talent going to waste, is all.

julie said...

This construction is a myth and white supremacy, imperialism, colonization, capitalism, and the United States of America are all of its progeny"

My four-year-old just now inadvertantly made a profound observation: in telling a story, she noted, "the fairy turned the bunny into a monster because she thought she could control it. But then it ate her!"

So too does the Left create monsters out of the inoffensive, thinking that by doing so they can control what they create. As even a child knows, such monsters tend to grow out of control, and devour their creators...

Gagdad Bob said...

Our old friend, the Egregore.

julie said...

Heh - for a moment there, I thought you were referring to the anonymous commenter.

Anonymous said...

People of color. They are everywhere. Go to any restaurant, library, concert, etc, there will be people of color there.

By color, we mean brown. I you look closely at people, you will see some pale/pinkish ones and some very dark black ones, but the vast majority, like 90%, will be some shade of brown, lighter or darker.

What do these brown people want? I think the question is worth asking, in the context of your excellent blog on philosophy and truth.

If you were to write a pos specifically for Mexicans, let's say, would you alter your content or style in any way?

How about if your audience was Chinese or Asian in general? What about the Filipinos?

It's fun to think about. Here they all are, a big piece of the nation. Do we know them? Do we love them?

Van Harvey said...

"Recall Lincoln's gag, when someone asked him how long a man's legs should be: long enough to reach the ground. Similarly, how intelligent should a man be? Intelligent enough to reach the ground of truth, i.e., to intuit the principles without which truth is impossible and man sinks beneath himself."

I like that. And tying both halves together: Intelligent enough to reach the ground of truth, and honest enough to seek and stand on that ground, and no other.

Van Harvey said...

aninnymouse "It's fun to think about."

Fun, yehhh, in a pulling the legs off critters, kind of way. More fun than a barrel of Tenureds.