Liberalism: How the left keeps score

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Liberalism: How the left keeps score

Amy Pond: You’ve got a time machine. What do you need muse­ums for?
10th Doc­tor: Wrong. Very wrong. Ooo, one of mine. Also one of mine.
Amy Pond: Oh, I see. It’s how you keep score.

Doc­tor Who: The Time of the Angels 2010

One of the things I’ve argued many times here is that human beings and human nature really haven’t changed over the cen­turies. Tech­nol­ogy might change cul­ture might change but what dri­ves a human has not.

This came to mind when I read Glenn’s link to Ed Driscoll’s piece which quoted Christo­pher Cald­well:

For these peo­ple, lib­er­al­ism is not a belief at all. No, it’s some­thing more impor­tant: a badge of cer­tain social aspi­ra­tions. That is why the laments of the small-​town left­ists get voiced with such intem­per­ance and des­per­a­tion. As if those who voice them are fight­ing off the nag­ging thought: If the Repub­li­cans aren’t par­tic­u­larly evil, then maybe I’m not par­tic­u­larly special.

This really crys­tal­lizes my long­time argu­ment that lib­er­al­ism has becomes a reli­gion for those who have aban­doned pre­tend­ing they believe in Chris­tian­ity but still want to keep up appearances.

The two virtues that Chris­tian­ity demands are the love of God and the love of your neigh­bor as yourself.

Since church con­gre­ga­tions cross social and class lines the major­ity of peo­ple in atten­dance would be unaware of a person’s actions toward their neigh­bor. This would be a prob­lem for a pride­ful per­son want­ing to flaunt their right­eous­ness and an advan­tage for a per­son try­ing to hide their unright­eous­ness toward their neighbor.

Thus attend­ing church in the old days when Chris­tian­ity was the cul­ture of Amer­ica atten­dance served the pur­poses of both the pride­ful and the unright­eous allow­ing them to project the “love of God” for their own sat­is­fac­tion (and for any judge­men­tal busy bod­ies in atten­dance who were keep­ing score).

Of course said atten­dance didn’t do much for the cause of their salvation:

“When you pray, do not be like the hyp­ocrites, who love to stand and pray in the syn­a­gogues and on street cor­ners so that oth­ers may see them. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

Matthew 6:56

But since sal­va­tion wasn’t the goal for those who didn’t actu­ally believe or only believed in their own right­eous­ness it didn’t matter.

How­ever drop­ping feigned Chris­tian­ity came with a catch for our lib­eral friends. While in some cir­cles , the aban­don­ment of Chris­tian­ity allow them to pre­tend a false intel­lec­tual supe­ri­or­ity of Chris­tians while free­ing up an extra hour or two on the week­ends, the prob­lem of pro­ject­ing virtue to soci­ety for the pride­ful and the unright­eous­ness remained.

And that why so many are so vocal, nay even stri­dent, con­cern­ing their lib­er­al­ism and the evil­ness of their polit­i­cal oppo­nents, (par­tic­u­larly fem­i­nism). Not only does it remove the actual need to per­form either the cor­po­ral or spir­i­tual works of mercy because it’s their way of mak­ing sure their virtue is on dis­play for the world to see.

It’s how they keep score.

Amy Pond: You’ve got a time machine. What do you need museums for?
10th Doctor: Wrong. Very wrong. Ooo, one of mine. Also one of mine.
Amy Pond: Oh, I see. It’s how you keep score.

Doctor Who: The Time of the Angels 2010

One of the things I’ve argued many times here is that human beings and human nature really haven’t changed over the centuries. Technology might change culture might change but what drives a human has not.

This came to mind when I read Glenn’s link to Ed Driscoll’s piece which quoted Christopher Caldwell:

For these people, liberalism is not a belief at all. No, it’s something more important: a badge of certain social aspirations. That is why the laments of the small-town leftists get voiced with such intemperance and desperation. As if those who voice them are fighting off the nagging thought: If the Republicans aren’t particularly evil, then maybe I’m not particularly special.

This really crystallizes my longtime argument that liberalism has becomes a religion for those who have abandoned pretending they believe in Christianity but still want to keep up appearances.

The two virtues that Christianity demands are the love of God and the love of your neighbor as yourself.

Since church congregations cross social and class lines the majority of people in attendance would be unaware of a person’s actions toward their neighbor. This would be a problem for a prideful person wanting to flaunt their righteousness and an advantage for a person trying to hide their unrighteousness toward their neighbor.

Thus attending church in the old days when Christianity was the culture of America attendance served the purposes of both the prideful and the unrighteous allowing them to project the “love of God” for their own satisfaction (and for any judgemental busy bodies in attendance who were keeping score).

Of course said attendance didn’t do much for the cause of their salvation:

“When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners so that others may see them. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

Matthew 6:5-6

But since salvation wasn’t the goal for those who didn’t actually believe or only believed in their own righteousness it didn’t matter.

However dropping feigned Christianity came with a catch for our liberal friends. While in some circles , the abandonment of Christianity allow them to pretend a false intellectual superiority of Christians while freeing up an extra hour or two on the weekends, the problem of projecting virtue to society for the prideful and the unrighteousness remained.

And that why so many are so vocal, nay even strident, concerning their liberalism and the evilness of their political opponents, (particularly feminism). Not only does it remove the actual need to perform either the corporal or spiritual works of mercy because it’s their way of making sure their virtue is on display for the world to see.

It’s how they keep score.