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It has occurred to me that our political enmities result from the weight of two fears: the fear of death and the fear of life itself with its’ relentless pressure to merely survive (i.e.; "the human condition”). Both fears manifested when ‘man’ evolved from behavior based solely on animal instinct to self-aware behavior (“Original Sin”?) We all suffer from these two fears to varying degrees. Many find solace in the sensed presence of a transcendent Intelligence at the root of things and behave in accordance with that belief. Others doubt or outright reject that belief. And, in so doing, put their faith in all-to-human demagogues whose messianic narcissism (e.g.; Robespierre, Hitler, Lenin, Stalin, et al.) allays, to some extent, the fear of survival if not of death.  Therein lies the Leftist mindset. As Whittaker Chambers put it in his classic Witness: It’s God almighty or Man almighty.

But evidence also mounts that the political philosophies of Left and Right likely have genetic origins. Ironically this suggests a creator wise enough to inculcate a within-species creative tension that stimulates progress rather than stagnation. But it’s up to mankind to keep that tension from becoming extreme. Beware of malignant narcissistic demagogues!     

Posted on Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 12:11PM by Registered CommenterMaxEntropy | CommentsPost a Comment

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