Eat Crow, It's Mental Health Food
The odd thing about the modern Analysts, Linguists and Positivists schools of philosophy pointing fingers at the Phenomenologists, Existentialists and Thomists, each accusing the other of quasi-philosophizing, is that, by way of analogy, they are like the Fascists and Marxists of the last century both claiming victory in the world of ideas when in fact, coercion, the last resort of brutes, was all they ever had and their most commonly shared value, see Hitler and Stalin and Liberal Fascism. What Philosophical Analysism shared with Continental Philosophy on the other hand is their revolt against reason. We live in The Age of the Irrational, this era was given birth in academic philosophy. They took a beautiful shining ancient city and burned it nearly to the ground, and they did it for no other reason than that platonic supernaturalism (i.e., Catholicism, Marxism, Rule Utilitarianism, Egalitarianism, Existentialism, Hegelism and other philosophies), would survive into the next millennium; that faith would be saved from the onslaught of reason.
As a student in a philosophy class, arguing in defense of Aristotle's classic, Either/Or, (doing so at a ground level of human-perception – that middle place that we occupy – or life on earth in the human mammal), there was this reaction: the professor frustrated with my "naive grandiose arguments" jumped to the chalkboard and began scribbling Russellian mathematical formulas which apparently refuted induction - who knows - no one understood it. When this Linguistic Analyst professor was done, he quite furiously said: "Can we get on with it?"
Not surprising to me, he was also an avid Marxist at the time, although he's since become a social-democrat after the fall of the wall, but the point is, he used the Analysts' revolt against reason to free himself of any moral obligation to individual liberty and economic/intellectual independence, so that he was free to believe in what he wanted, in this case, the fairytale religion of Marxism.*
A sense came over you when you heard those professors talk (or read their books or dissertations), I mean the Analysts and Positivists, they loved Plato and were nonplused by academic inertia. Lack of progress was understandable given that few people can see the hidden reality. Luckily for us, they were in the know. They were the elitist-philosopher-kings. "People are stupid!" If you heard one of them say something like, "Aristotlean logic has been utterly refuted," you knew that they were pushing some wacky idea that would suck the very heart out of you by proving reason is unreliable, unfounded, overstated, useless and/or downright absurd. It isn’t coincidence that many philosophers who believed man couldn’t see the really-real, believed in god, large modern hand-maiden governments or even in the total state.
Reason makes it clear: the idea that the really-real produces a huge grab-bag of ideas in which none are connected intelligibly, is absurd, (paraphrased from Brand Blanshard). The philosophers are simply wrong about reason. Their motives for the attack on it are highly questionable. Matter, time and space in the micro and macro worlds disappear as we know it in the Aristotelean sense, there are not even "things," but only bundles of qualities (events). Everything is constantly changing-there's permanency only in the whole event. But why deduction, reduction, induction, logic, identity, science, mathematics, language, and in a word, reason, work is that evolution and other changes move slowly enough to identify and build enterprises on, including the most important one, ourselves.
Henri Bergson, Alfred North Whitehead and other supernaturalists exaggerate the gulf between the knower and known. They want to distance themselves from the objective world we can see to the hidden platonic world of the superduper magical one. No occult order, whether Whitehead's wonderland, a sort of Thomistic-Aristotelean-Platonic prime-mover metaphysical creator or Bergson's passionate creative Catholic type of, 'let's do spliff' transcendental energy, Elan Vital, is needed to express this fact: life is in constant process, perceived in a steady succession of conscious states often directly connected to the really-real, which is also in an evolving organic state of which we are apart. See also, Platonic Apologetics.
Aristotle was raised a sort of Catholic adopting the mathematics and universals of his master, Plato. As he grew he expunged his supernatural platonics, and gradually, through an organic process, became a sort of Protestant more likely to embrace empiricism and biology. Two things are essential to understand in his regard. The master never lost his influence on the student and the supernatural was never fully rejected, but he worked his way through his long life to the scientific viewpoint, general knowledge of the world and morality based on reason. That's a good head start that academic philosophy has wasted for centuries.
We can get from inside to the outside with focused choices; we can make an attempt at objectivity in logical, sometimes quick, order. We don’t need intuition to have immediacy or direct apprehension of reality. How we get from inside to outside while avoiding total subjectivity, egocentricity, solipsism and other pitfalls is explained in Atheism Scepticism and Philosophy. Primarily it is a focused awareness of the facts, looking at them in a sedate even-handed manner and allowing the evidence to logically fall into place before drawing conclusions. It's judicial. It's also a sincere willingness to be refuted and corrected. Eat crow, it's a mental health food.
Reason is the judge which uses all the tools at its disposal and whatever is evidentiary. Objectivity is a worthwhile (even if unattainable), philosophic goal. Reason draws through to inescapable conclusions. Tentative truth is more than possible and how we've come this great distance - even if it has been torturously slow.
Reason, it is true, can sometimes seem all of the awful things its enemies claim: doubtful, plodding, cold, preposterous and unromantic. The worst sort of partner in perception. Compare it though to its competitors: The devout mystic duped by faith; the drunk driver speeding down a dark road; the `killer' instinct as the blind teenage reckoning of reality as a `Will to Power'; intuition as what is judged to be true without any verification; wishful thinking as what we need to be true despite all the evidence to the contrary; and raw emoting, which is the ultimate chauvinism of the irrational.
Reason when equated against the other means of comprehension looks pretty damn competent and should have all of our consideration.See also, Reason and Skepticism, The Rational Inidvidual, Reason and Myth, Reason and Religion, Six Reasonable Men and Naive Sensual Comprehension.
NOTE: * If there was ever any doubt that Marxism was a religion, you just had to spend several evenings with some of them to realize it. Indeed, one of the hardest, bravest, and most courageous things to be in the West, is a Marxist in Canada, (just joking), which is why we have spawned so many of the armchair-variety. At a large gathering of Marxists and Communists one evening just years before the fall of the wall, one of their stars was describing in a dinner speech, a radio interview he'd had on air that day. The interviewer, he claimed was a fascist, who everyone knew perfectly well was a democrat, a human rights activist, and an elected member of The Liberal Party of Canada - it sounded like what a Christian would call a Roman heathen or a Moslem, an unbeliever. They didn't suspect someone so critical of their beliefs was in their midst or they didn't care. I was there as the lover of their darling beauty, and they waxed poetic all night as they drank red wine and dreamt of violent revolution.
That same night, the speaker's wife, after a few more glasses called Marxists everywhere in the world, scientists. It was hard not to laugh out loud. She'd come from Iraq and worked in a factory in Pickering where she was fighting with management to set up a union. She hadn't finished highschool and could no more name the four Galilean moons than the millions killed in the Soviet's slave labor camps, nor did she know who Stephen Hawking or Max Planck were, and when asked about Darkness at Noon, she responded that Koestler was insane and when The Gulag Archipelago was thrown into the conversation, she swore that Solzhenitsyn was nothing but a liar.
The Marxist's contention is that there is no God, but Marx started an intellectual and political crusade not for a healthy exchange of ideas, but as a closed cause without dissent and as a tool for violence. As a young man in Prussia in the 1830's he witnessed first hand Liberalism and political freedom, and as a mature thinker (much as Plato had done before him), he went running for autocracy. He planned to replace private religion with a totalitarian government, a church of the state where the worker-proletariat, (the oppressed), would be sanctified. The owner-capitalists, (the Satan-lovers), and the middle-class bourgeoisie, (the sinners), would be condemned and the inheritors of the new body politic would be rewarded in perpetuity in the paradise of the dictatorship with Marx as the prophet-messiah. He was the last word in historical materialism, the process where pure goodness in the guise of the exploited, overthrow the evil idiot-class and become egalitarian in a violent seizure of political power. It was inescapable, inexorable, unstoppable, and humankind was trapped inside of it, but lucky for us, the benevolent Marx and his followers were so brilliant that they developed a special kind of logic - dialectical logic - which lifted them above it all. Thus was born their conceit, and the millions who were lost in the reconstruction? . . . Grist for the grinder.
If you think Mohammed and Christ are the only Prophets to Spread Hatred
Read The Following Quotes from Marx's private letters:
“What is the worldly religion of the Jew? Huckstering. What is his worldly God? Money... Money is the jealous god of Israel, in face of which no other god may exist. Money degrades all the gods of man - and turns them into commodities.. The bill of exchange is the real god of the Jew. His god is only an illusory bill of exchange.. The chimerical nationality of the Jew is the nationality of the merchant, of the man of money in general.”
"The workers must, above all, during the conflict and immediately after the struggle, counteract, as much as possible, bourgeois efforts to calm things down and force the democrats to carry out their current terrorist phrases. They must work towards ensuring [that] the immediate revolutionary excitement not be suppressed right after the victory of the revolution. Just the opposite, they must attempt to keep it up. Far from opposing so-called excesses, examples of the people’s revenge on hated individuals or public buildings connected with hateful memories, they must not just tolerate such excesses but take over the leadership of them."
“Thus we find every tyrant backed by a Jew, as is every pope by a Jesuit. In truth, the cravings of oppressors would be hopeless, and the practicability of war out of the question, if there were not an army of Jesuits to smother thought and a handful of Jews to ransack pockets.”
“The real work is done by the Jews, and can only be done by them, as they monopolize the machinery of the loan-mongering mysteries by concentrating their energies upon the barter trade in securities. Here and there and everywhere that a little capital courts investment, there is ever one of these little Jews ready to make a little suggestion or place a little bit of a loan. The smartest highwayman in the Abruzzi is not better posted up about the locale of the hard cash in a traveler's valise or pocket than those Jews about any loose capital in the hands of a trader. The language spoken smells strongly of Babel, and the perfume which otherwise pervades the place is by no means of a choice kind.”
“Thus do these loans, which are a curse to the people, a ruin to the holders, and a danger to the governments, become a blessing to the houses of the children of Judah. This Jew organization of loan-mongers is as dangerous to the people as the aristocratic organization of landowners. The fortunes amassed by these loan-mongers are immense, but the wrongs and sufferings thus entailed on the people and the encouragement thus afforded to their oppressors still remain to be told.”
“The fact that 1855 years ago Christ drove the Jewish moneychangers out of the temple, and that the moneychangers of our age enlisted on the side of tyranny happen again chiefly to be Jews, is perhaps no more than a historical coincidence. The loan-mongering Jews of Europe do only on a larger and more obnoxious scale what many others do on one smaller and less significant. But it is only because the Jews are so strong that it is timely and expedient to expose and stigmatize their organization.”
"The restless never-ending process of profit making alone is what he [the Capitalist] aims at. This boundless greed after riches, this passionate chase after exchange-value, is common to the capitalist and the miser; but while the miser is merely a capitalist gone mad, the capitalist is a rational miser. The never ending augmentation of exchange value, which the miser strives after, by seeking to save his money from circulation, is attained by the more acute capitalist, by constantly throwing it afresh into circulation."
“The Jewish Nigger Lassalle, who fortunately leaves at the end of this week, has happily again lost 5,000 Thaler in a fraudulent speculation. The fellow would rather throw money in the dirt than make a loan to a 'friend' even if interest and capital are guaranteed. He acts on the view that he must live like a Jewish baron or baronised Jew."
"At all events, I hope the bourgeoisie will remember my carbuncles until their dying day. What swine they are!"
Democide figures for the 20th Century communists regimes are calculated well over 60 to 125 million murders; so indeed, the Jews and the Bourgeoisie paid in full for Marx's boils. While remembering that Marx had a Jewish heritage, one must wonder here that it is not the "Jew" per se but the tone of rancor toward wealth and materialism in general which underscores Marxism as "A Philosophy of Resentment" much as it does for other Platonist beliefs such as Catholicism and Existentialism. To quote Marx, “Even the greatest sage of antiquity, the divine Plato, speaks in more than one place of a deep yearning for a higher being, whose appearance the unsatisfied aspiration to truth and light fulfills.”
From 'Marx The Prophet', 'Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy': It was not by a slip that an analogy from the world of religion was permitted to intrude into the title of this chapter. There is more than analogy. In one important sense, Marxism is a religion. To the believer it presents, first, a system of ultimate ends that embody the meaning of life and are absolute standards by which to judge events and actions; and, secondly, a guide to those ends which implies a plan of salvation and the indication of the evil from which mankind, or a chosen section of mankind, is to be saved. We may specify still further: Marxist socialism also belongs to that subgroup which promises paradise on this side of the grave. I believe that a formulation of these characteristics by an hierologist would give opportunities for classification and comment which might possibly lead much deeper into the sociological essence of Marxism than anything a mere economist can say. Joseph A.Schumpeter
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