If a man remarked on a budding tree in the spring time, and said : “This tree is verdant and fair”, one would assume right away that what he
describes is inherent in the tree. The tree is verdant, and it is also fair. It is sweet to look at and pleasant to the eye. Is this man truly
describing the tree when he says “fair”, or is he merely referencing his own feelings about it? Maybe the tree is pretty to his eye, but it is not
inherently “fair”. If this is so, is anything really “fair”, or is the idea of beauty just a feeling we have?
C.S. Lewis wrote about this many years ago, and my opinion agrees with his: there is virtue inherent in all things, and the tree is indeed
“beautiful”. So is music, poetry, and innumerable other facets of my life and the lives of all others.
But many today would contest this notion, in line with subjectivity and relativist thought. They would claim that beauty is relative, and that what is
fair to one person may be unremarkable to another. These same folk would also say there is no clear basis for the idea of right and wrong, good and
evil, virtue of character; these are cultural and societal constructs, supposedly, and they have no basis in reality. Right and wrong cannot be
quantified or measured, and so they may as well not exist. Concepts like justice and free will are seen as equally subjective. One is only as free as
he believes himself to be, and justice has no clear definition beyond a vague notion of reciprocity. A dangerous line of thought, and a clear path to
regression in many ways. It needn't be said that there are many in the world who would seize this idea of “subjectivity” and twist it to their own
ends. Just as cultural relativism helps us break down the barriers to cooperation caused by chauvinism, xenophobia, and racism, it also allows our
leaders to free themselves from certain natural constraints. Constraints that should rightfully exist, constraints that are the downfall of every
tyrant in history.
But I'm diverging a bit, I will get to the good bits later. For now, there is an inconsistency here, a contradiction that should be addressed. Many of
these same relativists have now taken the form of secular humanists, people who elevate a certain “human” ideal that has taken on an abstract
quality of it's own. According to the secular humanist, “humanity” has innate value. Humanity is something to strive for, something to defend and
promote. What exactly is the basis for a human ideal? Can this human ideal be measured? Secular humanists often speak of certain actions as
“promoting universal good will”, and they claim things like genocide and fascism are “inhuman”. But yet these same people fall back on
relativism in their criticism of religion and traditional morality. What if humanity also means different things to different people? What if there is
really no such thing as humanity? But this is tantamount to heresy, and such notions cannot be entertained.
Surely, my dear readers, you see the contradiction here.
Here I'll try to explain my interpretation of the “abolition of man”.
Freedom is that natural order of things, and the natural order of man. When presented with bondage, man's desire is to escape it, in one way or
another. Contrary to what some might claim, submitting to a social order does not necessarily entail giving up one's freedoms, as long as that order
is not ubiquitous and inescapable. One must make certain concessions in the name of safety and prosperity, but if the prospect of escape from that
order is still there, one hasn't truly lost his freedom.
What is so damning and frightening about this era is that our prospects for escape are dwindling by the day. We may soon be faced with an inescapable
order that is decidedly unnatural. What we are faced with is the attempt to truncate our internal compass and our bearings in the world.
Our desire for freedom, and our concept of justice- these notions, these qualities, are an impediment to certain powers. If we are left without a
concept of free will, it's only a matter of directing our will to the desires of others. If we have no concept of justice, all manner of injuries and
wrongdoings can be inflicted without recourse. So, subjectivity and relativism become an invaluable tool. “Humanity” is now the ideal, but this
ideal is far less concrete than any notion of right and wrong. “Humanity” as it's used today can mean any number of things, and it can be
manipulated to serve a number of masters. But concepts like justice and free will cannot be manipulated in such a way- they are inherent, and we all
understand what they mean. I don't deny that ideas of justice and freedom are often fluid and blurred- but that is the fault of man and our failure to
interpret them correctly. Either way, their existence is vital to our own.
This is all inextricably linked to the reign of quantity and the elevation of the material. Material prosperity has taken on an inverted religious
quality, the means to all ends. But not just the means to an end- matter and “things” are now ends of their own. Our enslavement will not come in
the form of martial law or overt dystopian repression. It will be decidedly subtle in it's implementation. Part of this may be some biological
tampering that's thrust upon us, but it will also have strong cultural and economic aspects. Even now, the global economy takes on an abstract and
pervasive significance, as though it were an entity of it's own. We live by the whims of this all-encompassing “global economy”. There is a
precise reason for that, but it's a different topic and would take me many more paragraphs to explain.
The worst possible outcome is this- through some incalculably cunning method, our essence is distorted. We will have lost our concept of virtue. Under
the guise of relativity and subjectivity, our elite will cut off our recognition of natural law, and so they will fasten the proverbial shackles. A
disoriented mass without the internal guidance of logic and human reason. A mass that cannot recognize itself and it's significance. But the chains
are not physical and they cannot be broken. They will be inherent.
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