Reason, Purpose, Confidence and Pride

Posted by  $  mshupe 4 months ago to Culture
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While the social justice warriors continue to form collectives claim it dignifies, Ayn Rand has the best only life-fulfilling response that actually glorifies life.
SOURCE URL: https://www.centerforindividualism.org/international-pronouns-day-is-a-thinly-veiled-attack-on-individualism-and-personal-integrity/


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  • Posted by j_IR1776wg 4 months ago
    While you correctly identify Kant as the father of social justice, you should have included his tactician John Dewey who wrote "I believe that all education proceeds by the participation of the individual in the social consciousness of the race. This process begins unconsciously almost at birth, and is continually shaping the individual's powers, saturating his consciousness, forming his habits, training his ideas, and arousing his feelings and emotions." and "I believe that the only true education comes through the stimulation of the child's powers by the demands of the social situations in which he finds himself. Through these demands he is stimulated to act as a member of a unity, to emerge from his original narrowness of action and feeling and to conceive of himself from the standpoint of the welfare of the group to which he belongs. " and "I believe that the school is primarily a social institution. Education being a social process, the school is simply that form of community life in which all those agencies are concentrated that will be most effective in bringing the child to share in the inherited resources of the race, and to use his own powers for social ends." and "I believe that education is the fundamental method of social progress and reform."

    Through this evil he has single-handedly rendered Reason impotent in our schools and greased the skids for the return of Tribalism.

    https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?i...
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    • Posted by  $  4 months ago
      Wow, I can use this, thanks. I was aware of Dewey and his progressive indoctrination schemes for education, but haven't studied it. To me, his nemesis in the field would be Montessori. Any thoughts on that?
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    • Posted by  $  Olduglycarl 4 months ago
      They fail to think: Why then... and How, do Rebels with and without a cause arise in societies, how does one out think, out integrate a higher consciousness than the masses if this so called social construct is so strong...I think, he was only looking at a congress of monkeys and not the Human race.
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      • Posted by  $  4 months ago
        That's the million dollar question, and I think the answer lies, or at least partly lies in, what is called a high time preference. Meaning long-range thinking is being sacrificed for instant gratification. It's prevalent everywhere, I've recently had difficult conversations with people about the root cause of urban poverty. The Cleveland director of the United Way blamed it on systemic racism, I called him out publicly about that. There's no such thing, except in the Democrat party, just like there's no such thing as social justice, except that all justice is social. Once people believe "who's to judge," they abandon long-term thinking and forming abstract concepts. Instead their emotions have been stoked with envy and greed.
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      • Posted by j_IR1776wg 4 months ago
        Dewey along with James and Pierce developed an evil philosophy called Pragmatism. It posited that there are no pre-existing solutions to current problems and that each problem must be solved from scratch. Worse it asserted that no thinking was necessary and one should try solutions and if they work keep on using them and if they failed just try something else. Then he [Dewey] wrote My Pedagogic Creed which I believe is a primary cause of the decline of teaching of Reason and Logic in schools. As for your Rebels, you cannot catch all the fish - some escape. I'll defer to Ayn Rand for a clearer explanation of Pragmatism.

        "[The Pragmatists] declared that philosophy must be practical and that practicality consists of dispensing with all absolute principles and standards—that there is no such thing as objective reality or permanent truth—that truth is that which works, and its validity can be judged only by its consequences—that no facts can be known with certainty in advance, and anything may be tried by rule-of-thumb—that reality is not firm, but fluid and “indeterminate,” that there is no such thing as a distinction between an external world and a consciousness (between the perceived and the perceiver), there is only an undifferentiated package-deal labeled “experience,” and whatever one wishes to be true, is true, whatever one wishes to exist, does exist, provided it works or makes one feel better..."

        http://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/pra...
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        • Posted by DrZarkov99 4 months ago
          Real pragmatism seeks an optimum solution that may solve a problem in an unconventional way, but usually starts with the premise that you rely on past proven results. Like many social justice concepts, this has been distorted into wasteful exercises based on delusional, unfounded assumptions. The major flaw in the Pragmatist belief is that reality is what you perceive it to be, not what is proven. This leads to the idea that facts are malleable, rather than immutable. That closes the door to a rational exchange, since the believer simply discards what you know to be solid evidence with the cavalier statement "Those are YOUR facts."
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        • Posted by  $  Olduglycarl 4 months ago
          Remembered that lesson,.. to which, I responded, (back in the day)...there is absolutely, truth. It's represented in the physical, natural and quantum laws of existence; the only thing that changes with time and due diligence...is our understanding of those truths.

          It is truth that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west...it was truth when we lived in caves and worshiped the sun as a god and it is truth today when we have an understanding and have observed how that happens.
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          • Posted by  $  Solver 4 months ago
            In the words of postmodernism’s high priest Michel Foucault: “It is meaningless to speak in the name of — or against — Reason, Truth, or Knowledge.”
            Why?
            Because according to Mr. Foucault again: “Reason is the ultimate language of madness.”

            Just what an individual who is mad would say. This idea is one of the roots of the illiberal left.
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