Saturday, July 11, 2009

Saturday's Ruminations and Theories

People like to believe that everything they do is justifiable (if not irrelevant) and also secretly love the feeling of righteous indignation when it presents itself. Meanwhile, it bears noting that any ethical code higher, more complex, or more demanding than ethical minimalism draws attention to one's guilt before God. (If one is a sinner who subconsciously knows by conscience or moral intuition that deceit, malice, adultery, idolatry, etc. are bad regardless of whether these immediately appear to harm anyone, then it becomes convenient to silence the voice of conscience within one's head and to substitute it with this idea: that nothing is bad unless it immediately appears to harm someone.) This is why political correctness will likely persist for quite some time into the future.

For example, the average Western sinner or unbeliever will not feel righteous indignation concerning those in violation of Leviticus 18:22-plus-24-30, because the average Western sinner and unbeliever cannot afford to do so. He has already jettisoned the idea that certain things are bad regardless of immediately apparent physical harm to a person--this in order to silence the voice of conscience in his head--and replaced it with ethical minimalism. Lifestyle homosexuals, if you will, supposedly actually do physical harm to themselves by their errant and unnatural deeds, but virtually no one today is mindful of this; therefore, homosexuality becomes a morally permissible act according to the parameters given by ethical minimalism.

And with the voice of conscience well killed and buried years ago in one's youth, one grows up to be deaf to the call of moral intuition and conscience. Cultural reinforcement also comes into play here, and at the end of the day it becomes truly unthinkable, unimaginable, appalling, for some of us, that someone could actually have such "hate" to reject people simply because they do not share heterosexual people's likes and dislikes.

So there will continue to be people to prop up various facets of political correctness and to keep it going. Those in the Black community who are easily offended (to a fault) will continue to pick fights and thrive on occasional acts of White "insensitivity"; White liberals who feel like they're being left out of the act will continue to do the same; and the minimalists will find some comfort in occasional attacks on social conservatives and the offensive religious exclusivism that is inherent in Christianity.

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