Frances Berger discusses in an obituary how he lied to Vizinczey when he asked for an opinion of his third novel, and how this sin seared his conscience. He was trying to be kind.
Kind is too often weaponized. By the very act of accepting the current woke version of politeness you find yourself falling into an organized litany of Karens demanding that you lie. And then you can’t think.
I was a waning Christian when I encountered Vizinczey and his work. As such, I found his staunch defense and praise of secular, humanist values and his merciless criticism of human wickedness and stupidity both uplifting and enticing. Lauding writers such as Stendhal and Voltaire, Vizinczey was very much of the belief that religion, Christianity especially, was essentially nonsense. For example, he loved Dosteovsky, but had no use for Dosteovsky’s Christian metaphysics. For Vizinczey, religion was at best a delusion; at worst, a tyrannical means of social control that hindered free thought and individual expression. He was not entirely wrong in this, but unbeknownst to Vizinczey – and to me at the time – a complete rejection of the spiritual and the embrace of material atheism also serve to hinder free thought and individual expression. This hindrance becomes readily apparent in Vizinczey’s little philosophy book, The Rules of Chaos, which, for all of its sharp insights, lacks the kind of solid metaphysical assumptions that would make the insights truly profound.Frances Berger.
Before we go further, we have to remember that progressivism started with Rousseau — a right psychopathic bastard — and the tradition of having horrible, debased habits of live continued through the sponging Marx to the murderous Soviets (Russian and Chinese and Cambodian) to the predatory Sartre and Freud and the pedophilic Foucault. This is a tradition of evil. It disrespects the laws of nature and God.
And there are too many Pharisaical people who take religious traditions and converge them with this evil. We should always be suspicious of anyone whose logic is case law followed by case law. And this flaw is ancient.
9 And he said to them, “You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to establish your tradition! 10 For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.’ 11 But you say, ‘If a man tells his father or his mother, “Whatever you would have gained from me is Corban”’ (that is, given to God)— 12 then you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or mother, 13 thus making void the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And many such things you do.” 14 And he called the people to him again and said to them, “Hear me, all of you, and understand: 15 There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.” 17 And when he had entered the house and left the people, his disciples asked him about the parable. 18 And he said to them, “Then are you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him, 19 since it enters not his heart but his stomach, and is expelled?” (Thus he declared all foods clean.) 20 And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. 21 For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, 22 coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. 23 All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”Mark 7:9-23
The trouble with much of our current neurosis is that we think if we live clean, eat right, exercise, avoid screen time, lift heavy… it will stop us doing evil. Or we consider that there is no sin, to judge is a sin.
Which is an error. All is not illusion. What we does matter, and it is what we do that damns us. Not the regulations of piety, but the evil that comes from avoiding the truth: we are all lacking the truth, and we cannot undo the damage we have done. This is now called bigotry, and damned by this world, who have inverted all truth, beauty and morals.
They have taken a whole area of human thought, namely, everything embraced in ethics, politics, morals, economics and history, and declared it all sacred, off limits, and forbidden to be thought about. In the memorable phrase of Sayet, they have defined reasoning as a hate crime.
By their theory, no fact and no conclusions of common sense are neutral. All are tainted by the original sin of bias and bigotry. The act of bringing up a fact is never, never an act done in the impersonal pursuit of truth. For them there is no truth, and even if there were, there is no impartiality. The act of bringing up a fact is always an act of aggression, an imposition, if not an attack.
This explains our first paradox. They are decent and honest people. Their motive for avoiding reason is compassion, because they wish not to be tempted by hate, bigotry, or thought crime. However, once reason is forbidden, facts, common sense, and evidence, likewise are as meaningless to them as to a Buddhist to whom all the world is illusion.
It is not that they cannot reason; it is that they follow a moral imperative against reasoning on certain forbidden topics. Anything outside those topics, their rational faculties function normally. Within those topics, their sanctimoniousness and high-mindedness requires them to refuse to listen to reason.John C Wright.
This is the end of the rancid progressive tradition I noted above: postmodernism progression that has abandoned all sources of reason and seeks instead power for increasingly divided collectives.
And this is not a way to be human. It is better to care for our elders and honour them, despite their errors and frailty, for with the passage of time they will be us. It is better to turn to God, to church, to family and the people who are there than to any ideology.
For it is the love of God and man that will restrain the temptation to go full savage. You really have to read the full post here. You will need a strong stomach: Peter Grant has seen civil war up close and personal.
Speaking as a retired pastor, I think that the broad mass of Americans have ceased to be either a moral and/or a religious people. We insist on remaking God in our human and humanistic image, instead of seeking to conform ourselves to what He asks us to be. We judge God’s word by our standards, instead of judging ourselves by the standards laid out in God’s word. Therefore, our Constitution has ceased to be “adequate” for our governance.
The result has been that there is no longer any conception of “God-given” rights (as described in the Constitution) in our society, except among a relatively small minority. Since rights are no longer seen as “God-given”, why should they be respected? There’s an alternative approach – “might makes right” (or, as Voltaire put it, “God is always on the side of the big battalions”)Peter Grant.
This time has been sobering. I have found how easily I can hate. The only correction is to look to Christ, and realize that my sins are greater than those of these idiots. But Christ died for me.
And he died for them.
We need to change the way we live, quick smart, or this will end very badly.