Saturday, January 14, 2012
The world a liberal sees is inhabited by the handful of theologically permitted abstractions defined by sex/gender, race/ethnicity, sexual proclivities/identities, disabilities and economic status. Like an eternally fixed abstract painting the liberal’s world is filled with fixed masses. Glance today, glance tomorrow: the liberal world of fixed attributes is a banal parade characterized by its medieval changelessness. The only illusion of change permitted is change in economic situation achieved through higher welfare payments and subsidies produced by leveling the rich —but this is not a change in economic status since “the poor” remain forever poor regardless of how much they have.
The world a conservative sees is inhabited by individuals who can be described by their character, personality, capabilities, talents, intelligence, goodness, capacity for evil, imagination, ambition, determination, along with a limitless list of other descriptors.
The liberal rejects the conservative vision because to accept it is to accept the ideas of responsibility, individual progress and the exercise of judgment. No one can be held responsible for his fixed attributes. In fact just thinking in terms of the word “one” is a transcendental act for a liberal since “one” is an abstraction replacing the “reality” of a finite number of categories of humans defined by their fixed attributes. “One” can only be made more comfortable with one’s birthright and that only through government intervention and largesse.
The conservative view inevitably leads to judgmentalism (the greatest sin in the liberal lexicon) since in that view of man a great portion of the descriptors of a man are subject to change: through choice and action one becomes more capable, more ambitious, more wealthy, more generous, more virtuous, and so on.
It must be really boring to be a liberal. Just N people in the world they see, in which N is the product of the number of races, number of sexes, number of sexual practices/proclivities, and so on. Such a small number in relation to actual human diversity.