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The latest rant on the woes and evils of ideology. I thought I'd already explained how everything you enjoy today is a result of ideology. We are not neanderthals, we do not behave like neanderthals, and we do not aspire to become neanderthals. This is the result of ideology. We imagine, we dream, we strive, we achieve. Without ideology, we'd still be grunting in caves, shaking sticks at the booming sky lights.
I think, perhaps, your critical perspective ought to be more focused on the characters pushing ideology in such a manner as to give it a bad name. Ideology, by itself, does nothing. It requires a mind to process it, to act on it, to enforce it. Why are we not focusing on those minds, rather than the tools they employ? Taking away a madman's gun does not stop him from being a madman. And yet, we'd rather focus on an inanimate hunk of metal rather than the mind that was directing it. - See more at: www.abovetopsecret.com...
Besides, I didn’t agree with what you earlier explained. Ideology has no arms, legs or any power to lift any species out of the dark ages. Like you said, it does nothing, and is only (conceptually, not actually) a by-product of human beings.
In this vein, the prevailing ideologies, namely society, form man in its image instead of the other way around. These ideologies reduce a human to a mere subject, confining them to specific roles and properties, thereby stifling creative progress. It’s not that ideology is evil, it’s just that it is a structure of dominance, and makes society out to be godlike, when it is but a mere artifact.
The originator of the word was De Tracy, who reformed the trivium from its original logic, grammar and rhetoric, to logic, grammar and ideology, which I say is the downfall of modern education (I’m writing a thread on this), and it was Napoleon who coined the meaning of De Tracy’s “ideology” into the word we use today.
Focus on minds all you want, but I bet you’ll never solve anything, nor discover anything to talk about adequately but your own thoughts.
The “mind” is one such ideal and a good example of what I’m talking about. The “mind” is idealism, being that it exists as an idea only, and represents an ideal conception of mental activity according to folk psychology.
If we see value in such abstract ideals over the real and tangible for the sake of solipsistic comfort, we lose sense of what and where the actual value is, and we lose sense of the individuality and thus the inherent value of other people.
A gun has no arms, no legs, and no power. But it does have an influence in the right hands. A good influence? A bad influence? That depends on who is holding it.
Godlike? Artifact? You might need to explain that a little more.
Just like the soul is idealism, but you'll still get upset if I shoot a puppy in front of you.
What abstract ideals are we talking about here?