“The State may do nothing but that which is expressly authorised by law, while the individual may do anything but that which is forbidden by law”[Entick –v- Carrington 1765]
“One think to rule them all
One think to mind them
One think to group them all
And in the “safe-space” bind them” [Benjamin A Boyce].
Premise – “But the function of equality is purely protective (the only defense against one another’s cruelty). It is medicine, not food. By treating human persons (in judicious defiance of the observed facts) as if they were all the same kind of thing, we avoid innumerable evils. But it is not on this that we were made to live. It is idle to say that all men are of equal value. If value is taken in a worldly sense – if we mean that all men are equally useful or beautiful or good or entertaining – then it is nonsense. If it means that all are of equal value as immortal souls then I think it conceals a dangerous error. The infinite value of each human soul is not a Christian doctrine. God did not die for man because of some value He perceived in him. The value of each human soul considered simply in itself, out of relation to God, is zero. As St Paul writes, to have died for valuable men would have been not divine but merely heroic; but God died for sinners. He loves us not because we were loveable but because He is Love. It may be that He loves all equally – He certainly loved all to the death – and I am not certain what the expression means.” [C S Lewis -Membership p20-21]
Conclusion – “Equality” is a quantitative term and therefore our knowledge of Love often knows nothing of it. If there such a thing as “equality” it exists only in God’s love for each of us, not in us.” [C S Lewis -Membership p20-21]
” I always thought that was just what it was. I thought it was in their souls that people were equal.“
” You were mistaken; that is the last place where they are equal. Equality before the law, equality of incomes- that is very well. Equality guards life; it doesn’t make it. It is medicine, not food.”[C S Lewis – That Hideous Strength]
“Shigalov is a man of genius! Do you know he is a genius like Fourier, but bolder than Fourier; stronger. I’ll look after him. He’s discovered ‘equality ‘!”
“He’s written a good thing in that manuscript,” Verhovensky went on. “He suggests a system of spying. Every member of the society spies on the others, and it’s his duty to inform against them. Every one belongs to all and all to every one. All are slaves and equal in their slavery. In extreme cases he advocates slander and murder, but the great thing about it is equality. To begin with, the level of education, science, and talents is lowered. A high level of education and science is only possible for great intellects, and they are not wanted. The great intellects have always seized the power and been despots. Great intellects cannot help being despots and they’ve always done more harm than good. They will be banished or put to death. Cicero will have his tongue cut out, Copernicus will have his eyes put out, Shakespeare will be stoned—that’s Shigalovism. Slaves are bound to be equal. There has never been either freedom or equality without despotism, but in the herd there is bound to be equality, …”
“Down with culture. We’ve had enough science! Without science we have material enough to go on for a thousand years, but one must have discipline. The one thing wanting in the world is discipline. The thirst for culture is an aristocratic thirst. The moment you have family ties or love you get the desire for property. We will destroy that desire; we’ll make use of drunkenness, slander, spying; we’ll make use of incredible corruption; we’ll stifle every genius in its infancy. We’ll reduce all to a common denominator! Complete equality!”
[Fyodor Dostoevsky – The Devils]
The first sign of “collective” or “marxist” (SJW) influence in any institution is that the “managers” … “constantly try to escape From the darkness outside and within By dreaming of systems so perfect that no one will need to be good.” [T S Eliot]
“Truth is the way we do life, not what we think or believe. Our life situation and our way or relating to others is the “truth” [Richard Rohr]
“The target that Truth is aiming at is Reality.”[Prof. Dallas Willard]
An End to Isms: Adam J MacLeod teaches law at Faulkner University in Alabama and he has noticed that his students know very little, are incapable of critical thinking, appear to think their “feelings” are of interest to others, and regard labels such as “racist” and “classist” as dispositive. So he put them on notice that he would be undoing their dis-education:
Before I can teach you how to reason, I must first teach you how to rid yourself of unreason…
Reasoning requires you to understand truth claims, even truth claims that you think are false or bad or just icky. Most of you have been taught to label things with various “isms” which prevent you from understanding claims you find uncomfortable or difficult.
Reasoning requires correct judgment. Judgment involves making distinctions, discriminating. Most of you have been taught how to avoid critical, evaluative judgments by appealing to simplistic terms such as “diversity” and “equality…”
One of the falsehoods that has been stuffed into your brain and pounded into place is that moral knowledge progresses inevitably, such that later generations are morally and intellectually superior to earlier generations, and that the older the source the more morally suspect that source is. There is a term for that. It is called chronological snobbery. Or, to use a term that you might understand more easily, “ageism.”
Second, you have been taught to resort to two moral values above all others, diversity and equality. These are important values if properly understood. But the way most of you have been taught to understand them makes you irrational, unreasoning. For you have been taught that we must have as much diversity as possible and that equality means that everyone must be made equal. But equal simply means the same. To say that 2+2 equals 4 is to say that 2+2 is numerically the same as four. And diversity simply means difference. So when you say that we should have diversity and equality you are saying we should have difference and sameness. That is incoherent, by itself. Two things cannot be different and the same at the same time in the same way…
Third, you should not bother to tell us how you feel about a topic. Tell us what you think about it. If you can’t think yet, that’s O.K.. Tell us what Aristotle thinks, or Hammurabi thinks, or H.L.A. Hart thinks. Borrow opinions from those whose opinions are worth considering. As Aristotle teaches us in the reading for today, men and women who are enslaved to the passions, who never rise above their animal natures by practicing the virtues, do not have worthwhile opinions.
“Gender ideology is the ‘height of absurdity’ – “The idea that in the last five years we’ve discovered what gender really is, is the height of absurdity.” [Jordan Peterson]
Logically, if you were an atheist socialist multi-billionaire worried about the earth becoming overpopulated, and you had sufficient power and influence to introduce “population control” and you wanted to do it in such a way that the population being controlled do not realize that it is actually population control being introduced, how would you do it?
Wouldn’t you forcefully introduce concepts that would encourage, reward and confirm to that population that they should re-define the reality involved in all aspects of procreation in such a way that it makes them think that actually male is not really male, female is not really female and you can change your gender whenever you feel like it?
No…, surely you would be contradicting thousands of years of settled biology, science and factually proven reality, that would never work, ….wait a minute !!!!