The "Materialist" Insult
1 a tendency to consider material possessions and physical comfort as more important than spiritual values.
2 Philosophy the doctrine that nothing exists except matter and its movements and modifications.
• the doctrine that consciousness and will are wholly due to material agency. See also dialectical materialism.
ere, in the definition of materialism put forth by the Oxford Dictionary of English
, we can see with
discerning eyes a not so glaring but visible contradiction. The word “materialism”, as it is commonly used by our more impressionable friends, is
associated with material gain, comfort, and the pursuit of these “things”. Yet, why would a materialist—one who believes there is nothing
“except matter and its movements and modifications”—strive for these idealistic illusions
he cannot find to exist? Of what kind of matter
is status, monetary gain, wealth, success, happiness made of?
What is the material value of money? Paper, nickel, copper and their various uses. What is the idealistic value of money? Currency, lega tender,
status, wealth, success, economy. An ideal deposited behind what actually exists. The accumulation and acquisition of materials for material gain is
tendency. How it falls under materialism is beyond me.
It is true, “matter” isn’t well enough defined, and therefore materialism, as a philosophical outlook, raises many as-of-yet unanswerable
questions—for that, it is suspect—but it is becoming more and more difficult to pretend that there is no physical nature to everything we’ve
already discovered and defined. Observable, measured, demonstrative and methodological inquiry has worked and continues to do so. Denying physicalism
and its fruits involves a denial of the undeniable (even a denial of self!) and those who do so likely recoil in horror of what truths it might yet
uncover. Human nature I suppose.
But the most hilarious thing I’ve seen in philosophical discussion on the internet or in debate is the use of “materialist” as if it was some
kind of insult. When someone calls me a materialist I get the sense that they do so maliciously, much like how they would use the term “atheist”
on those they wish to christen as cold, soulless and immoral—as if the term implied that one who doesn’t believe in God must advocate for the
Devil. But what they’ve done with these terms is they have idealized it as is their fashion, and changed it from what it actually
what they wished
it would mean. Materialism defined by Idealists.
things—these are the things the “materialist” fights for—not freedom, democracy, love, happiness, consciousness, the afterlife,
wealth, status, the state, or Gods. Those are ideals that some will bomb entire villages for; those are ideals people will fly planes into buildings
for; those are ideals that some lie to themselves for in the hopes that they will be attained. I value myself, the ones I love, you, us, him, her,
nature, life and all the beauty it contains. I value what they are, not what I wished they were. If that is an insult, let’s just say I’m glad
15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the
world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. 17 And the world
is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides for ever.
1 John 2:15-17
Do not love the world. Do not love yourself, life and everything in it. Love outside of the world. Love death. So the idealist teaches. The authors of
this text failed to mention their desires for God too are a part of the world, and hence also "not from father". They failed to mention that they too
were a part of the world, and hence also "not from father". They spit on their very selves and all over God's masterwork, God himself, in the hopes of
Hopefully, for their sake, not in vain.
“Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz?”
― Janis Joplin
edit on 12-4-2013 by LesMisanthrope because: (no reason given)