The late, great David Stove once suggested that if you really wanted humanism — that is, a philosophy that embraces the strongest part of our game — you’d push a religion of deliberate absurdity. We all have some lunatic belief or other, he said, to which we attach great importance. And the briefest of glances at history shows you that there’s a type of person for whom credo quia absurdum est is a feature, not a bug, of their worldview. Stove implies that these people are the vast majority of the human race, and the more I see of this stupid, stupid century, the more I agree with him.
Because it’s not just an unexamined lunatic belief, of the kind you’re taught in public school, that most people hold. Those aren’t excusable, exactly, but they’re at least understandable — it’s a hellacious shock to the system, one that the red-pilled remember well, when you finally realize that authority figures have been systematically deceiving you. The kind of lunatic belief I’m talking about is chosen, after long deliberation and with full exposure to the relevant facts. The only way anyone could embrace any of the SJW catechism is by worshipping absurdity for absurdity’s sake.
An example helps, but instead of rehashing all of The Current Year’s lunacy, let’s look at history. Credo quia absurdum est has a long and shameful pedigree. See, for example, the notion of Predestination. Technically, “double predestination” is the absurd part — the idea that God must’ve decided who was going to Hell long before He even created the world. It’s all but impossible to teach this idea to students, because modern people — to their credit, and for once I’m not being sarcastic when crediting modern people with anything — realize how ball-scratchingly stupid that is. Hell, maybe it’s true, but no sane person can possibly live with it.
Modern people see that as carte blanche to do whatever we want, because hey, if we do it, God made us do it… which, if you think about it for half a second, means God Himself is responsible for “sin” (quotation marks necessary, because it can’t be evil if I have no possible choice in the matter). Calvin, Knox, et al thought of that too, of course — they were crazy, not stupid — and they even had an answer: Shut up, that’s why. Not the most theologically sophisticated reasoning, but when you’re being burned at the stake for Arminianism it’s remarkably persuasive. Meanwhile, you’d best live like the holiest Puritan that ever lived… even though it’s exquisitely pointless, because you’re almost surely damned.
See what I mean?
Or take Marxism. I wish I could find out who said it, but one of Lenin’s early critics reduced all possible objections to Marxism to a sentence: Marxists are like astronomers who are mathematically certain an eclipse is coming, but immediately start murdering people to make sure it comes. Marxism must be the most comprehensively refuted doctrine in the history of human thought… and yet it’s the default in every Western (and most Eastern) school systems, K thru PhD. We’re all Marxists now, so much that we don’t even realize it — get all worked up about it, in fact, and start banging out irate caps lock comments on blogs, when someone points it out (go ahead, bang away; I love irate caps lock comments). Pretty much the entire history of Postmodern thought is, as Stephen R.C. Hicks put it, the frantic effort to keep the emotional solace of Marxism without admitting that Marxism is wrong.
The most interesting thing from a historian’s perspective, then, is: What’s going to happen when Reality prevails in The Current Year, as Reality always must?
Our blue-haired, nose-ringed lunatics aren’t going to give up their need for lunatic beliefs. That’s hardwired. They’re not going to stop being collectivists, because nihilism — which is what “double predestination,” Marxism, and all the rest boil down to emotionally — always leads its believers to embrace the most comprehensive collectivism they can find.* You know my answer: “Today’s SJW is tomorrow’s obergruppenfuhrer.” Once they realize that they’re not leading the identity politics parade anymore — that their heads are, in fact, on tribalism’s chopping block — they’re going to rediscover their pure Aryan essence doubletime. I just hope I live long enough to see it….
…or maybe not. The comments are open. Speculate away!