Wow, first class rant from Dr. Sanity

Dr. Sanity discovers the children of postmodern nihilism! The issue is “the internal enemies this country faces.” Our choices about what is right and what isn’t determine our destiny. When the standards for these choices are not firm then our footings are lost. This is not a situation of simple expression but one that goes back to the communist’s propaganda ethos: ‘own the children and soon you will have the country.’ It is the modern sales technique of FUD mongering – promoting fear and uncertainty and doubt in order to shake a customer loose from proven values to a new product.

Without a rational metaphysics–or worldview–that explains the nature of existence and reality; and without an epistemology that says our minds are able to acquire knowledge of that reality; then it is easy to enforce conformity, totalitarian thinking, and political passivity.

Ethics, or the study of how man should behave in the world–or, what is good and what is evil–is totally dependent on both metaphysics and epistemology, because it is impossible to make choices withoug knowledge; just as it is impossible to have knowledge without a reality that can be known by our minds.

What matters in the postmodernist’s convoluted thinking is not truth or falsity–only the effectiveness of the language used. Lies, distortions, ad hominem attacks; attempts to silence opposing views–all are strategies that are perfectly satisfactory if they achieve the desired effect. Ideas and reason must make way for reification of feelings; and freedom is replaced by thought control.

The pervasive and unrelenting trickle down of postmodern theories and thinking in education, art, politics and all the social areas of life has resulted in a crop of humans who are opposed to thinking because it is far to dangerous to their secular religious beliefs. Even science has not been immune from the nihilism and anti-reason, anti-reality agenda of the postmodernists.

If you want to understand why nothing seems to make sense and the most blatant contradictions and relativistic meanderings are presented as absolute truth; why language is abused and words don’t seem to have the same definitions anymore; and can sometimes even mean the opposite of what they used to; why photographs can lie; why contradictory discourses and distortion of truth; and ad hominem attacks and a distinct reluctance to face reality are all a part of the “reality-based” community–you need look no further than postmodernism.

And finally, if you want to understand why that which is truly evil –embracing death, slavery, and nihilism–is now presented and even trumpeted as the “good” while the good is dismissed, denigrated and mocked; then you would do well to understand the psychology and ideology of the covert enemies of America and of civilization–the adult children of postmodern nihilism.

A realization in the early nineties in an encounter with the public school system was one stimulus for this rant. That is one that has been encountered by many and has lead to the growth of the home schooling phenomena and the cries that choice in public education be made available to parents.

Another counter trend can be seen in the arguments about honor and pride and patriotism. There is a yearning for these standards that can be seen in the military’s ability to recruit. This counters the effort at many universities to attempt to squash and demean anything military.

Another corner of this is in the management of crime. A turnaround for New York urban crime occurred when it was decided that even ‘small’ crime was bad. The success of that ability and willingness to stand for values brought the city back from the brink and may now be a resume item in the next presidential campaign.

The postmodern nihilism is not something that someone someday just decided was cool. It grew. Its attractive sounding memes insinuated themselves in the gullible, especially the young. Like terrorism and crime it will never be completely removed. It will take a long struggle to help its victims look up, become more mature in their thinking, and the see the world around them and the consequences of their philosophies. It will require growth. It will require constant attention and vigilance to promote intellectual integrity as a habit of life.

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