Somehow Kate Paulk has managed to give me her sinus infection/throat thingy. Since she’s in Pennsylvania and I’m in Colorado and we haven’t seen each other in the flesh in what? three years? this is very odd indeed. And yet, having survived both kids sick and home for the holidays I’m now felled by the dreaded Paulk Computer Virus. You heard it here first! ATH is science. Breakthrough science, even. And now you can pick on Kate over it. Two benefits.
I only figured out I was sick when after a muddled conversation with older son, in which I mixed up Shakespeare quotes not once but twice, he told me I sounded like I had a fever. What I wrote yesterday reads that way to me this morning too.
Anyway, I was sitting here, holding my head and thinking of what to write, and mostly thinking “I don’t have time to be sick” (though to be honest I’m much better than yesterday) when younger son came downstairs. The pantless (he’s taken to walking around in his underwear. I hope he finds a girl to tame him soon. Either that or make it pay like Stephen Kruiser does) embryonic engineer told me that the problem of progressivism is that they treat people like animals and objects, and objects and animals like people.
And perhaps because I’m sinused (totally a word) which is sort of like being hungover without any of the benefits (I’ve always had issues with sinus infections. Yes, I do use the neti, but I still do. My mom used to think I was hungover whenever I had one. You know, if I could have afforded that much alcohol…) I realized he was right, and also that it makes no sense whatsoever.
I had real troubles with math as a kid, until I developed a workaround for my tendency to twist digits around, but I always liked the… “cleanliness” of science. So I read a lot of popular biology books. And kept running into books that insisted we’re really just animals, that’s it. Now, without getting into religion, yeah, of course we’re animals, but we have to assume there is a little difference, right? I mean, you don’t see the other animals having to go around arguing that they’re really animals, right?
Lately this has become a “you don’t really think, you just think you’re thinking” and the “you’re just a programmed meat robot and don’t make any real decisions. It’s all foreordained from the time you were born.” (Of course, this runs into trajectories like mine which would require an active foreordainer. I’m almost afraid to ask a philosophy that is mostly atheistic whom they’d like in that role.)
At the same time we see ridiculous anthropomorphization of animals — Cecil the lion and Tenderoo, really? — when everyone knows only domestic cats and maybe dogs are even vaguely human and that probably because they rubbed with us so long.
I’m only half joking. It’s actually not cats and dogs, but any animal taken young and raised by humans will partake the Stranger in A Strange Land effect and not be quite like their wild counterparts. Interestingly those “animal companions” those who chose the human fire over the wild, the progressives are at great pains to lecture us on how they shouldn’t reproduce, we shouldn’t keep them, and they’d be better off (for cats and dogs) exterminated.
And things? Oh, boy, the paeans to old houses that can’t be demolished because they’ve “seen” things make me roll my eyes so much they threaten to fall off.
I’m not sure why this confusion.
I mean, the philosophy they embrace, of necessity strips them of normal empathy and compassion. When the philosophy treats humans as “units” that fit into a pre-determined “class” it will do that. (And incidentally make their literature cryingly awful.) Also what prevents their philosophy from working is that humans AREN’T objects. You really can’t raise taxes to 100% and then distribute things equally because people find ways to prevent you taking their stuff and hurting them (even if it’s jumping the border, one reason that all socialist countries have obstacles to LEAVING which are directly proportional to how socialist they are. When they reach the deep red tincture of communism, they have to erect walls or mine the border and become a maximum security prison. (Fun fact: you can tell which system works by whether border walls are supposed to keep people IN or OUT. Hint, it’s the in that’s a bad thing.) Also giving the same to everyone doesn’t work very well, because some people make a lot of very little and vice versa.
But even knowing that: what kind of insanity leads you to want to hurt/humiliate/devalue your own species in favor not just of animals but of inanimate objects too?
At the heart of every progressive “bright idea” TM is this confusion. They believe humans are little objects that can be moved around at will. (Notice their insistence on diversity in awards. They don’t care if the work is good or not, or if the IDEAS are diverse. No. They’re going for “units of many colors.” And if you say you want good stuff, then they assume you’re racist, because… I don’t know. In their heads, I guess units of different colors don’t produce good stuff? Or all stuff is the same, because widgets, and you’re just trying to avoid having units of many colors? My head hurts too much for this.)
How can one get so lost that a building is a human but a human is a thing? That a domestic animal should be exterminated, but man eating lions (which older lions tend to be) should be mourned for weeks.
I don’t know. If I knew how, I’d know how to cure it, and we wouldn’t be in nearly the trouble we’re in.
And now I go write. And have more decongestant.