Monday, March 1, 2010

Exchanging Being for Becoming, Or Why Johnny Can't Read Critically, And Would Prefer Some Weed...

A note to parents...

Philosophy, alas, is hardly taught in the colleges today because, having exchanged Christian faith in the Creator---in philosophy St. Thomas Aquinas' Being, for becoming-- we are left only with appearances (ala Kant). We cannot know objective, much less ultimate truth, it is said, or even what any thing is in itself; and besides that, what appears to us as a given 'truth' is ever evolving, eluding us like the proverbial greased pig which we cannot get hold of.

Hegel said you may have your thesis, I might have my antithesis, but eventually, after the intellectual jousting is over, we come to a new appearance of truth, a new synthesis, new "realities" out of contraries, breaking the back of the law of contradiction along the way (without which even sentences are in the end meaningless).

This dual dialectic, whatever the other differences, was a seismic shift in the abandonment of reason, and begins the whole process all over again, and so on, ad infinitum. It is continual "evolution," the grand narrative of post-modern thought. In fine, Johnny is taught that since there is no objective truth, only what appears to be so to us, he'd better create his own "reality".

Enter the Jester

Woody Allen, for instance, said, "I don't believe in reality, but it's about the only place you can get good French Fries". That is a funny and yet at bottom it is a very Thomistic observation. Step on a nail and one will soon enough believe in reality; but let's leave that aside for a moment. Apart from the Creator I would have no brain to doubt God's existence, no capacity to pronounce even the self-contradicting statement that 'there is no truth,' which of course presupposes the truth it denies in the very utterance.

Madness, then, is all that is left when postmodernism denies the reality (the knowability in the ultimate sense) of creation and the truths which emerge from it.

So if parents are panicking over how to afford sending Johnny or Jacinta to "college" (the ticket into the halls of the powers) at 35-40K a year, they at least ought to know what their children will be taught when they get there; and that you, dear 'mother' or 'father' (such 'social constructs' are considered quaint there), are merely the chance conduits who generated their DNA with which they must now create a "reality" for themselves.

Anybody got some Weed, man? (Adopted Rhodes scholars and Skull-and-Bonesmen can at least be initiated into the Luciferian arts of NWO statecraft. No particular talents are required for that besides reading the Teleprompter, front man for the corporatocracy).

One Edward W.Younkins has sketched out the diagnosis better than I can in The Plague of Postmodernism:

"Postmodernists accede to the ideas of anti-realism, skepticism, subjectivism, relativism, pragmatism, collectivism, egalitarianism, altruism, anti-individualism, the world as conflictual and contradictory, and emotions, instincts, and feelings as better and deeper guides to action than reason. The roots of the above ideas and to postmodernism can be traced to a number of thinkers including, but not limited to: Rousseau, Hume, Kant, Hegel, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Marx, Schopenhauer, Wittgenstein, Fichte, Dewey, Freud, Quine, Popper, Kuhn, Foucault, and Derrida

"Postmodernism brings metaphysics, ontology, epistemology, and ethics to an end because these types of study assume a fixed, universal reality. Postmodernism denies the basis for knowing anything except itself. Consequently, postmodernists proclaim a universal tolerance of all ideas. Ironically, the result is a philosophy that accepts only local truths (rather than universal truths), thereby dividing people according to race, gender, locality, etc. The result of this division is an intolerance that is exhibited in racism, sexism, nationalism, etc. When various peoples' truths are different depending upon the differences between them, then the differences between them cannot be overlooked – they are too important.

"Postmodernism encompasses the idea that people tell stories in order to explain the world. None of these stories is reality but are simply representations of reality based on incomplete and often inaccurate information. There are a variety of socially constructed realities, belief systems, and stories that attempt to explain the world. People construct stories that seem to fit the information at their disposal. This is analogous to Thomas Kuhn's idea of paradigm shifts in science. When experiments yield evidence that does not fit the reigning paradigm, then eventually a new paradigm that better explains the evidence at hand is adopted.

"Postmodernists are constantly redefining themselves and are searching for new meaning. As problem finders and problem solvers, they tend to reduce life (and especially political and social issues) to problems and solutions. They also like to engage in zero-base thinking, dismissing the systemically evolved knowledge of the ages."

Postmodernism, I (SH) should add, is no longer merely text-book curriculum madness, it is now the philosophy of the streets, encouraged by the elites seeking to break up the Christian world view and cultures which keeps them from sleeping at night. And the streets is, besides the classroom, where it is more than a little dangerous. For philosophical chaos leads to nihilism which begs for totalitarian "correction". Today I have 'my truth' and you may have 'yours,' but tomorrow a new totalitarianism may give us all its its truth for the 'good' of us all, you see.

"Man has often lost his way. But modern man has lost his address"---G.K. Chesterton

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