Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Absolute Stupidity of the Left

"Strictly speaking," writes Schuon, "there is but one sole philosophy, the Sophia Perennis." In turn, this philosophy, extended to its outer and inner limits, must be the one religion (or the Religion underlying religiosity).

It is axiomatic that truth is one, the purpose of philosophy being to map this truth. The purpose of religion is to realize and assimilate this truth -- not just mentally, or on the plane of existence, but into the very fabric of one's being.

Indeed, this is what it means -- broadly speaking -- to be "saved": what is saved is unity from multiplicity, or reality from appearances, or eternity from time, or man from himself, etc.

In his pithiest and most aphoristic book, Echoes of Perennial Wisdom, Schuon puts it as succinctly as possible while cutting through thickly beclowned forests of tenure:

To claim that knowledge as such can only be relative amounts to saying that human ignorance is absolute -- or that a human being is an Absolute Ignoramus.

This is precisely the claim liberals make of themselves. Is there a reason why we shouldn't believe them? They invert the comment in paragraph one to say: "Strictly speaking, there exist countless philosophies, even one per customer. We call this the Imbecilia Perpetuum."

This profoundly anti-intellectual jumble, extended to its furthest reaches -- which aren't very far -- necessarily redounds to no religion at all -- or worse, to "anything at all as religion."

"Exaggerate much, BoB? You see, this is why your blog irritates me. One moment you're discussing some sublime mystical theology, the next moment you jump into the gutter with these preposterously partisan political polemics. Which is it, singing God's praises or flinging mud at the crazies?"

I already told you: there is only one philosophy, and it covers both God and politics plus everything else.

This preramble was inspired by an unintentionally fascinating and hilarious thinkpiece -- or feelpiece, rather -- in the New York Times, called Has Trump Stolen Philosophy's Critical Tools?

For the critical tool who has written the piece, truth doesn't exist, so it is impossible to understand how Trump can have appropriated it. The complaint is as logical as saying Private property doesn't exist, and you stole my cheese!, or Walls are racist and get off my beachfront property!

Come to think of it, liberalism is full of such thought-negating exercises, such as Gender is a construct and gays are born that way!, or Greed is bad so take more from the wealthy!, or Humans are killing the planet with fossil fuels so we need millions of illegal immigrants to come here and burn more fossil fuels!

Recall what was said above about philosophy going to the realization of truth, religion to its integration and assimilation. This distinction essentially correlates to doctrine and method.

Well, in postmodern philosophy, there is no truth, only method. Or, what is called "truth" is simply a method of exercising power, such that truth is just another name for oppression.

This is what the author "accuses" Trump of doing, but how can Trump do anything else if postmodernism is indeed "true"? Trump is only doing what he cannot help doing. On what basis can the author complain about cosmic necessity? Might as well spend one's life claiming to be a victim of gravity.

As an asnide, there was a time I too assumed that philosophy, like science, "progressed." Therefore, one could fruitfully study it by ignoring everything prior to the 19th or 20th century. Just cut to the chase and get right to the existentialists (or positivists, or deconstructionists, depending upon one's taste or emotional conflicts).

So among my first forays into philosophy were authors such as Sartre, Foucault, Nietzsche, and numerous other illuminutti that have long since been donated to the library, since my own liberatoreum scarcely has enough space for the truth, let alone its many alternatives.

I wonder: how much self-awareness can one lack before one's self disappears entirely? What makes me wonder this is author's opening salvo: "Truth is pliable in Trumpland."

Well, yes. It's pliable everywhere, to the point of being anything we want it to be. That is your first principle, Einstein. And now you're complaining about it?

"It often feels like Trump has stolen our ideas and weaponized them." Umm hmm. Anyone who claims to know the truth is simply asserting power. Therefore.... Trump is asserting power. As is this author. So, what's the point? One can hardly make an appeal to truth after one has claimed that it doesn't exist.

"Call it what you want: relativism, constructivism, deconstruction, postmodernism, critique. The idea is the same: Truth is not found, but made, and making truth means exercising power."

Call it what I want? Okay, I'll call it invincible stupidity. For example:

"Trump’s relationship to the truth seems novel, if only because he doesn’t try to hide his relativism." How can one have a "relationship" with something that doesn't exist? "For Trump, truth is always more about how people feel than what may be empirically verifiable." "For Trump, facts are fragile, and truth is flexible."

I think I know what's really bothering this author. His parents are forking over $50,000 a year for him to learn there is no truth, while he thinks Trump got this esoteric nonsense for free. That's not fair!

FYI, that was post #3,000.

12 Comments:

Blogger common sense bob said...

Perfect!
Or close enough 'till perfect comes along.
Thanks !!

4/19/2017 10:49:00 AM  
Blogger Van Harvey said...

"It is axiomatic that truth is one, the purpose of philosophy being to map this truth. The purpose of religion is to realize and assimilate this truth -- not just mentally, or on the plane of existence, but into the very fabric of one's being."

Wow. Approaching maximum density, with nearly transparent clarity.

4/19/2017 11:56:00 AM  
Blogger Gagdad Bob said...

You notice they don't have these intellectual pathologies in trade schools. There, if you try to practice deconstruction you can't construct anything.

This sheds light on the idea that objective reality comes first, our ideas about it second. Ignoring this principle is the quickest way to make reality disappear (or rather, to pretend it doesn't exist).

The aboriginal Apple Tree?

4/19/2017 12:01:00 PM  
Blogger Van Harvey said...

"FYI, that was post #3,000."

Humpday!!!

4/19/2017 12:06:00 PM  
Blogger ted said...

I think I know what's really bothering this author. His parents are forking over $50,000 a year for him to learn there is no truth, while he thinks Trump got this esoteric nonsense for free. That's not fair!

Ha ha. Perfect! When I first go interested in Truth, it became more important for me to find out what *not* to read than what to read. Still going through that process. Through negation of the drivel, I find some affirmation to Existence.

4/19/2017 01:01:00 PM  
Blogger ted said...

Congrats on 3,000 Raccoon filled stories!

4/19/2017 01:02:00 PM  
Blogger julie said...

You notice they don't have these intellectual pathologies in trade schools. There, if you try to practice deconstruction you can't construct anything.

I was just reading where some semi-prestigious tech school has discovered, in recent years, that despite everything they've done to add diversity to their school (*cough* lowering standards and giving incentives to people who otherwise aren't qualified, but have the desired chromosomes and melanin content *cough*), the students just can't even science anymore. They just want to talk about their feelings and play with their phones instead. The solution, of course, is more sensitivity training.

I doubt they'll be an elite tech school for much longer.

Happy 3,000th post!

4/19/2017 01:36:00 PM  
Blogger Gagdad Bob said...

"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..."

And that's the truth!

4/19/2017 04:53:00 PM  
Blogger Gagdad Bob said...

Funny they complain about the west. Is there some NON-western university where they teach this bullshit?

4/19/2017 05:05:00 PM  
Blogger julie said...

I was thinking the same thing. Surely if they can afford to go to an American college, they can afford a plane ticket to someplace more in tune with their preferred level of "diversity."

4/19/2017 05:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One current project is to propel brown peoples into the "up" power position, and to propel white peoples down one notch so they are resting just underneath the brown peoples in the power hierarchy.

The white peoples, of course, don't like the project; they want to keep the "up" spot.

Another project is to propel women to a power position just over men. Men, curiously, don't seem to put up much resistance to this.

So the philosophia perennis is one thing, and makes for nice discussion. But power positions are another thing, and have consequences. Like who controls the remote.

So, the bloviating power grab versus truth. What do you think most people care about?

4/20/2017 08:48:00 AM  
Blogger Van Harvey said...

Gagdad said "The aboriginal Apple Tree?"

Yup, 'cherry picking' what you prefer to see as good from the Tree, rather than waiting for gravity to determine what's good and ripe.

4/20/2017 12:08:00 PM  

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