One of the major denominations of the religion of the Left is scientism. And one of the dogmas of the Church of Scientism is that anything worth investigating can be, or should be, reduced to a hypothesis which is either proved or disproved. Anything which does not fall within this boundary is anathema to these fundamentalists.
A paradoxical dogma in Scientism is that of relativism. Ever since Einstein intuited and explained this feature of time and space, the Church of Scientism has sought to apply it to daily life. They failed to understand that Newtonian physics still works quite well to explain the quotidian; Einstein’s intuitions are for the spaces between things… this categorical error on their part has led to no end of mischief.
A particularly unfortunate result of all this intellectual relativism is the atrophied faculty of moral reasoning in otherwise well-educated adults. Discussions of good and evil leave them embarrassed and without voice. They lack the vocabulary or the cortical connections to speak of good and evil; the best they can do is utter bromides about ‘tolerance’ — though surely this is one of the least practiced of their commandments when it comes to those with whom they disagree. In that respect these Mandarins are as ignorant as the people Theodore Dalrymple describes in Life At The Bottom:The Worldview That Makes The Underclass.
Neuroconservative expands on this idea:
|…the one frame of reference that has been written out of Western scientistic discourse is the moral dimension, which is critical to understanding this fight.|
And here is the heart of his argument:
|The root cause of terrorism is evil. We must reclaim the ability to perceive evil as a motive force in the realm of human affairs; it is one of the oldest pieces of wisdom of our civilization, yet has been relentlessly denied by the most “civilized” in our intelligentsia… make no mistake: evil cannot be reduced to a set of physical properties or sociological phenomena.|
As he points out, we have recurrent problems accepting the reality of evil. Perhaps it is the optimism of youth, for I can remember a time when I thought evil was merely some Freudian projection which could be vanquished with education and insight. If someone were to ask what the greatest mistaken belief of my life was, it would be that. But I was not, am not, alone. Neuroconservative reminds us:
|Civilized men have long had difficulty accepting the presence of evil in the world; “the problem of evil” has literally bedevilled theology since its inception. But one recent example with devastating consequences: Before the Holocaust, many Jews could not accept the possibility that their compatriots would devour them; ever after, Jews have questioned how God could allow such evil into the world.|
To emphasize the bedrock truth of his observations, here is the complete text of the London Bombers:
In the name of God, the merciful, the compassionate, may peace be upon the cheerful one and undaunted fighter, Prophet Muhammad, God’s peace be upon him.
Nation of Islam and Arab nation: Rejoice for it is time to take revenge against the British Zionist Crusader government in retaliation for the massacres Britain is committing in Iraq and Afghanistan. The heroic mujahideen have carried out a blessed raid in London. Britain is now burning with fear, terror and panic in its northern, southern, eastern, and western quarters.
We have repeatedly warned the British Government and people. We have fulfilled our promise and carried out our blessed military raid in Britain after our mujahideen exerted strenuous efforts over a long period of time to ensure the success of the raid.
We continue to warn the governments of Denmark and Italy and all the Crusader governments that they will be punished in the same way if they do not withdraw their troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. He who warns is excused.
God says: “You who believe: If ye will aid (the cause of) Allah, He will aid you, and plant your feet firmly.”
A future post will dissect this manifesto in more detail. For now, it suffices to say with Neuroconservative —
|I have come to the conclusion that any functional philosophical structure must have, at its core, the understanding of evil…|