In the comments to the previous post, MBlanc46 makes the case for the honorable nonbeliever. I agree — it’s certainly possible for a nonbeliever to be concerned with his honor, reputation, etc. As I wrote yesterday,
one only defends one’s dignity and honor if one believes he’ll be called to account for them, and who’s going to do the accounting? There is no God, and as for the bar of History, what could that possibly matter to a cultural marxist?
Perhaps I could’ve phrased this better. As longtime readers know, I believe a “right-wing atheist” is an impossibility. As Orwell (I think) put it, an atheist doesn’t disbelieve in God, he actively dislikes Him. Since actively disliking Him is a repudiation of the entire Western tradition, the best an atheist can do is some flavor of libertarianism… which is, and always was, a heresy of the Left (they’re kissing cousins to Bakuninite anarchists).
A right-wing nonbeliever, by contrast, is not only possible, but pretty common. I myself was one for years. The key is that “bar of History” stuff, above. The best practical definition of conservatism I’ve heard is “planting trees you won’t live to sit under.” I’ll die, and though nothing of me will remain, my home, my community, my nation, my civilization, my people will remain… and I did my part, however small, to ensure it, by living my life well. My honor is my loyalty, as someone or other once said.
None of that matters to the cultural marxist, though. How could it? As I wrote yesterday, to the fanatic, the past is one long catalog of freely chosen error. Nor is there any meaningful future to a fanatic. That seems wrong, I realize, but consider that time passes through contrast. People will be born and die in the Communist Utopia, but since everyone will always have everything, human activity will be exquisitely pointless….
Ignore what Leftists say. Watch what they do, and it’ll soon be obvious that what they long for above all things is stasis. They want everyone and everything to be one way, and one way only, forever. Homosexuals are the most flamboyant example. Imagine that — having your entire life defined by your sexual attraction. I like blondes, but you know, if the right brunette came along I’d go for her. Heck, I’d even go for a ginger (I know, I know, I’m a monster). But according to the Left, that’s not allowed. I like blondes, and therefore I’m only allowed to like blondes. Oh, and I can only vote for Bernie Sanders, because he’s the attracted-to-blondes candidate, and I must support abortion, and use the word “cisgendered,” and….
Thus, to the Leftist there’s no past, and no future either. There’s only now, and the only thing that matters now is power. How could it be otherwise?
I sometimes think that converting a Leftist could be as simple as showing him he has a choice. Hey, maybe you are gay (attracted to blondes, whatever). I’ve lived my life under the complete control of my gonads. It was called “high school,” and I didn’t like it very much… as, I assume, you didn’t either. But you know what? I grew up. I don’t let my johnson lead me around anymore, and you don’t have to either. You sure as hell don’t have to let your wang determine your position on foreign affairs, or the marginal tax rate…..
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