Saturday, January 28, 2017

Doctrines and Fascism

Just about every doctrine that is out there has found a way to turn bad.

Much hope has been placed in the doctrine of rationalism. And indeed many good things have come out of rationalism – where would we be, for example, without scientists and engineers? However not everything that has come out of rationalism has been right. Many in rationalism believe that anything with feelings is an inferior form of life, and that anything with faith or spiritual experience is crazy. This leads the rationalists to what is often exceptional cruelty and emotional violence, and many people rightfully do not like that state of affairs.

Much hope has been placed in psychology. Then psychology came up with a very real fascism. It decided that some people – sociopaths and narcissists – are evil and can only be evil whatever they do, however hard they work and whatever work they do on themselves. This of course contradicts the most basic reason. If people are responsible for their actions then anyone – including the sociopaths and narcissists – can act rightfully; and if some people cannot act rightfully whatever they do then people are not responsible for their actions.

Much hope has been placed in feminism. Then feminism was taken over by horrible women who have been practicing – and teaching – vicious behavior. Certainly rightful things have come out of feminism; but this is not one of them. A movement that was once a matter of liberation turned into very real fascism. And that has damned what was once a promising movement.

With the New Age, the biggest problem has been the claim that everything that happens to people is their own doing. Some people see this belief as encouraging responsibility; but what it really encourages is cruelty. There are all sorts of things that happen to people that aren't their doing. This attitude excuses one from compassion and ethics. And that likewise damns what was once a promising movement.

All of these attitudes have promised a solution to the cruelty of the conservative arrangement. However many of them have arrived at cruelty exceeding that of conservatism. Christianity offers redemption to everyone, including sociopaths. And that makes Christianity light years ahead of these beliefs. Christianity does demand all sorts of things of people; but it does not damn people as does for example personality psychology. It offers redemption to everyone; and that makes it vastly superior to all of the preceding beliefs.

I am in no way against such things as reason or women's rights. I am however against cruelty and nastiness, and we see both from all of the above. The idea that some people are evil and can only be evil whatever they do can only lead to witch hunts; and that is exactly what we have seen from the believers in such things. In fact, anyone can choose to act rightfully. And it is by affirming this that people can get away from fascism and regain their status as human beings.


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