No, this is not going to be a “daily” thing, I just don’t have anything clever to call it:
“Even those among us, like myself, who are not prepared to accept the anthropomorphic conception of a personal divinity ought to admit that the premature loss of what we regard as nonfactual beliefs would have deprived mankind of a powerful support in the long development of the extended order that we now enjoy, and that even now the loss of these beliefs, whether true or false, creates great difficulties.” (Hayek, F.A., The Fatal Conceit, p. 137)
The problem, of course, is that “those among us”, in fact, do not. This is arguably the most serious problem with modern secular liberalism in general; if you’ve convinced yourself that any and all teaching from religious text and custom is inherently evil, you simply are incapable of appreciating and understanding human cultural evolution and therefore must seek out a secular substitute to explain the world. Some liberals have chosen “reason” as their God. Others, “climate change”. Still others, government.
The ultimate problem with these substitutes is that they are wholly creations of a fallible mankind. Hayek’s point is that you don’t necessarily have to believe in the Christian God, or any other “God”, to recognize that the moralities conveyed through the texts and associated customs were and are indispensable to the advancement of the human species. Said morals and customs are timeless, generationally transferable and applicable to human cooperation in every situation.
Reason, climate change and government are not. This is one of the reasons you hear chowderheads like Joy Behar railing that “constitution-loving” has gone a tick too far and Nancy Pelosi scoffing at the idea that an edict from the new “on high” could possibly be unconstitutional. Our own Constitution is the culmination of thousands of years of human experience, the latter millennia of which was guided largely by the text of the Christian Bible. Again, it doesn’t matter whether or not you take the Bible as the literal word of “God”, the fact remains that it is as valuable a resource for morality and transferable custom as ever was written.
The Behar’s and Pelosi’s of this world have dismissed the notion that anything but Government can be of long-term significance to the prosperity of the extended human order. If the Constitution is too old to understand, according to nimrods like Ezra Klein, than the Bible is nothing more than the loony rantings of two-thousand year old white men, almost ten whole times more indecipherable than our Constitution.
What sometimes depresses me is that one consequence of the “public everything” the ideological ancestors of Behar, Pelosi and Klein have wittingly or unwittingly foist upon this Country, is that people like Behar, Pelosi and Klein wind up in positions of power and influence by virtue of their willingness to trash the very moral order that permitted their ascension. Hayek himself goes to great lengths in “The Road to Serfdom” to explain this phenomena.
Hayek continues: “…even an agnostic ought to concede that we owe our morals, and the tradition that has provided not only our civilization but our very lives, to the acceptance of such scientifically unacceptable factual claims.” (Hayek, Ibid.)
The difference between the “scientifically unacceptable factual claims” of the Bible and our Constitution and those of, say, climate change, which is likewise wrought with “scientifically unacceptable factual claims”, is that the former occurred organically in response to strangling tyranny while the latter was concocted in a lab by zealots seeking to impose an untenable rationalist utopia upon the world.
It is not at all far-fetched to consider the liberal devotion to myths such as climate change and other nonsense as one akin to religious belief. The key is for those of us who accept the facts regarding the historical development of the extended order to never let such nonsense gain real traction in the consciousness of individuals. There’s a reason liberals are forced to ram legislation down our throats to satiate their empty souls…
Poor, poor bastards are they.