Monday, October 9, 2017
A Dearth Of Depth...
The main problem with pragmatism is its inherent shallowness. Or more specifically, its vulnerability to hypocritical outcomes once suppositions are considered.
Sane people agree that open borders are bad. The defining and fixing of places and peoples is an absolute necessity for long range social stability and order.
And yet, most sane people do not hesitate to pack up the family and move to another town or state for a better job opportunity or different climate and so on.
What’s the difference?
Borders are not merely national, they are sub-national or regional. And I’m not talking about designated lines on a map. I’m talking about extended family groups. If you are not living in close proximity to parents, grandparents, siblings, uncles, aunts and cousins in a multi-generational community, then you are a rootless cosmopolitan -a globalist denizen who respects neither borders nor nations.
These problems, you see, run deep.
Most conservatives disprove of homosexuality, yet give tacit approval to racially mixed marriages.
Most conservatives consider abortion to be murder, yet practice contraception.
On mixed race marriages the argument usually goes, ‘genetics don’t matter’ or ‘we’re all of the same species’.
But of course if the justification is that (for example) both Asians and Caucasians are of the same species so it’s okay if they mate, then what is the argument against a brother and sister mating? They’re both of the same species, after all. Both humans.
Naturally the counter point is made about defects in the offspring due to genetic closeness.
But now we’re talking about genetics, aren’t we. We’re talking about the scales of human kinds and the significance of genetic distance. Ooops! That’s literally Hitler!
And then what if these consenting sibling couples are "fixed" and incapable of having children? What then is the pragmatic argument against them?
The very idea that you would resort to defending basic values and principles solely on the grounds of arguments based in pragmatism or practicality is ludicrous.
Traditions are not merely customs, they are an age old, time tested, codification of the order of nature.
It’s obvious that nature itself informs us of these things. Different races have existed for hundreds of thousands of years. For all that time, these differing people groups practiced near monolithic in-group breeding, hence the continuing existence of, and successful perpetuation of, the races.
Blue Jays and Cardinals are both birds and yet, as a rule, Blue jays mate with Blue jays and Cardinals with Cardinals.
Human societies have always been hierarchical and structured around classes. Classes who married amongst their own.
We don’t call it the ‘Animal Republic’. We call it the ‘Animal Kingdom’, because there is a hierarchy and a food-chain. There are apex predators and then there are dinner.
The world functions within bounds and borders.
On abortion and contraception -again, if the argument is merely one of defining when life begins, then it abandons all consideration of what life is. Is life to be defined as the single, finite, span of time of a single human being? Or is life the existence of human kind?
In other words, and to put this into a Christian contextualization, does life begin at conception, or does life begin with the creation of the first man, Adam?
You see, there is more to it than technicalities or legalities. There are issues of deep complexity and meaning. Sidestepping them only compounds the problems in the long run.
If you are a conservative or a traditionalist and you defer to pragmatism or faddish humanistic scientism (the species type arguments) to defend your values then you had better be prepared to have them thrown back in your face.
If “personal freedom” is a value you support, be prepared to watch homosexuals parading down your streets.
If the “pursuit of happiness” is something you support, get ready to see your neighborhood turn into a Mexican slum.
If “religious freedom” is a value you value, prepare to watch your town turn into a Muslim Caliphate.
If a classless society is a Western Value, then you might want to start working on an explanation for the rule of the unelected political “deep state” and the extremist leftwing cultural dominance of the arts and media by people who tend to come from the same coastal cities and attend the same prestigious (read economically exclusive) universities.
Nature is not something you can escape. And nature observed is tradition.
And shallow arguments based on pragmatism fail.