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Leaving Liberalism
American Thinker ^ | April 22, 2010 | Chuck Rogér

Posted on 04/21/2010 11:12:09 PM PDT by neverdem

With the classroom lights down low, our teacher Julie asked, "Feel that?"

I looked at my empty hands and, echoing the class, I responded, "Oh...yeah."

Julie whispered, "Move your hands closer together. Feels like you're squishing a ball."

Yep, an invisible purple ball. Assuming the I-know-this-to-be-true look common to enlightened teachers in enlightened schools, Julie informed us that we were sensing the "body's natural energy." We partnered with other students to feel their energy.

A very pleasant female student took an enthusiastic approach, and I felt energized. A guy sporting ear, nose, and lip rings headed my way, and my energy vanished.

By the end of the "Polarity Therapy" course, most students swore that they'd learned to detect people's energy with hand gestures resembling a priest giving absolution. Never did I experience anything that I couldn't explain. But people believe what people want to believe. Weak correlations prompt weak minds to preach weak theories to anyone who'll listen.

Observe.

"I believe what feels good to me," proclaimed Mr. Twenty-Something. A tiny bat darted from my physiology student's ear as he added, "The full moon's powerful gravity makes people behave weirdly." I explained that our moon's gravity is unaffected by how much we see lit by the sun. Briefly dazed, the student retreated to the protection of an air of superiority. "That's your science."

Suddenly, mini-bats filled the room. I saw students' eyes glaze and heads nod, all-knowing smiles filling self-assured faces. From basic enlightened swaggerers to lost wanderers, students and instructors in the alternative health care school where I taught for three years exhibited the most irrational thought process I'd ever encountered.

What drew me into "alternative" health care in the first place? Why did I take polarity classes? The answers -- perhaps another time. Suffice it to say that the polarity and moon gravity affairs were two of many odd encounters in the course of my journey through strangeness. I learned a great deal about liberals during my liberal period.

Imagine a worldview that licenses the student to claim to be "different" while hanging on every pronouncement by self-important gurus. The student (and the teacher) get to espouse "critical thinking" while succumbing to emotion. Neither can resist calling attention to contrived virtuousness and proclaiming, "I love new ideas. See how the echo-chamber embraces me?"

Picture yourself radiating intellectual and moral superiority. You burst with inspiration on how to run government and society -- or more accurately, how you should run society. Feel how easily you brush aside reality and seize moral high ground on issues about which you know nothing.

My insight into high ground-grabbing amoral liberals leaped when I studied eighteenth-century philosopher Immanuel Kant, who declared that "devils" can productively rule nations "so long as they possess understanding." The philosopher was right. Moral rascals make strong leaders. Kant reasoned that reality holds no relevance toward conceiving morals, which must evolve from pure thought. Only when we apply morals must we consider what's happening around us[1]. I know. Confused me too, until I nailed the liberal modus operandi: Ignore truth when spouting theory, but embrace truth that favors your agenda. Ah, the liberal "thought process."

During my liberal period, I accepted a thought process that it now pains me to admit: "I think, therefore I am...always right." I remember a teacher in the alternative health care school -- a psychologist, of course -- claiming that simply by choosing to attend the school, the men in class were "more evolved than most men." Yes, evolved. I felt proud, giddy -- which is what liberalism is about: finding a way to feel good about myself no matter what was happening around me.

Liberals vigorously guard the feel-good. And so we find that rational people who methodically weigh evidence are shouted down by virtue-flaunting ideologues. Take the global warming hoax. Pope Al, Bishop Boxer, and other Church of Global Warming officials still preach the doctrine even though their cathedrals are burning down. The grand scam marked a first: Mainstream media adopted a religion other than liberalism. The media and the Church perpetuated wacky beliefs based on bogus theories that created bogus projections derived from bogus studies. The world witnessed liberals playing in top form.

You've seen the liberal game face: anger suppressed by enlightened arrogance wrapped in confusion. Were you to try to live the liberal's hell, you'd seek relief the same way that liberals seek relief. You'd ignore reality and act as though your theories were reality. Clear thinking would serve no purpose because logically weighing data, facts, and evidence risks exposure to two nightmarish conclusions that liberals won't accept: There are bad people who do bad things, and most "victims" victimize themselves. Liberals cannot abide unpleasant realities.

My echo-chamber mates' inability to grapple with unpleasant realities startled me when I dwelled among liberals. I discovered that I wasn't supposed to let data, common sense, or a scheme's likely failure stop me from falling in love with the scheme. I was supposed to let the misplaced love make me feel good about myself.

I should expand the feel-good angle.

If during your youth you had gotten little worthwhile moral guidance from Mom and Dad but enjoyed plenty of marginally-deserved stroking, how would you behave as an adult? You'd flit from cause to cause, thriving on smiles and applause, groping for childhood's defining feeling. You'd push any scheme, speak any nonsense, and feign any emotion that might impress people with your wonderfulness -- and to hell with consequences.

Looking back, I know that I could have taken a heck of a ride had I not recovered from liberalism. Surfing the global warming scam's bow wave alone might have been worth relinquishing my respect for truth and giving up my sanity, my ability to judge right from wrong, good from bad, and success from failure. The wild time might have made up for sacrificing my integrity. I probably missed a lot of fun.

A physicist, former high tech executive, and writer, Chuck Rogér invites you to visit his website, http://www.chuckroger.com. Email Chuck at swampcactus@chuckroger.com.

[1] Immanuel Kant, "Critique of Pure Reason," in Basics Writings of Kant edited by Allen W. Wood, The Modern Library, 2001, pp. 3-115.



TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Political Humor/Cartoons; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: epiphany; liberalism

1 posted on 04/21/2010 11:12:10 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

Reason and logic are valuable skills.

But much of life cannot be reduced to those terms. The most important lesson in life is that in spite of what our ego driven society preaches, we are not really in control and do not plan our future. That is in another’s hands.

Many people spend a lifetime learning that lesson.


2 posted on 04/21/2010 11:16:30 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.)
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To: neverdem

Here’s an example of the Left’s mindset:

Penn & Teller’s Bullsh*t: Dolphins (Warning: Vulgarity)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UEOLn9_b7g&feature=related


3 posted on 04/21/2010 11:36:14 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/backroom/2312894/posts?page=242)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Thanks for the link, but I need a new computer for youtube now.


4 posted on 04/21/2010 11:45:49 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: neverdem

Gawd, this guy nails it. I flirted with retarded liberalism as a young 20-something know-it-all, and he has it characterized to a tee.


5 posted on 04/21/2010 11:45:57 PM PDT by thecabal (Destroy Progressivism)
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To: neverdem

Liberalism is like looking at your finger.


6 posted on 04/22/2010 12:04:36 AM PDT by Blind Eye Jones
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To: thecabal

Agreed, and I think I just had an epiphany...

Why are liberal protests always filled with histrionics, anger and destructive behavior? Because it’s fun. It really is that simple.

Liberals are kids that never grew up and who were never spanked when they were bad. They are just like the bad boys on Pinocchio’s Pleasure Island. They get to revel in destruction, anger, drugged debauchery and other anti-social actions, all the while convinced that they are doing it for morally superior reasons - so it is not only allowed, it’s GOOD!

The contrast between a liberal protest and a tea party event could not be greater. Conservatives are adults. Try to get a conservative to throw a brick through a window and you will most likely get a shocked look. “That’s someone’s private property!” Rather than scream out or listen to nonsensical slogans, a conservative wants to hear about plans that make sense and how you expect to pay for them.

I know I should have figured this out a long time ago. But this piece really clarified it for me.

We really do need to get the kids out of the driver’s seat before they crash the car into a building just to hear the cool sound it would make.


7 posted on 04/22/2010 12:06:15 AM PDT by Ronin
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To: thecabal

When I was that age I kind of liked all the marching around in crowds with wine&c going around. I didn’t think too much about what they were espousing. More and more I felt and saw the disconnects with reality that seemed inherent and grew more and more irritated at the inability of anyone to connect cause and effect. I cut my hair one day and shed the delightful miasma.


8 posted on 04/22/2010 12:15:26 AM PDT by arthurus ("If you don't believe in shooting abortionists, don't shoot an abortionist." -Ann C.)
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To: thecabal
When I was that age I kind of liked all the marching around in crowds with wine&c going around. I didn't think too much about what they were espousing. More and more I felt and saw the disconnects with reality that seemed inherent and grew more and more irritated at the inability of anyone to connect cause and effect. Then I read Hazlitt's Economics In One lesson and Tocqueville. I cut my hair one day and shed the once delightful miasma.
9 posted on 04/22/2010 12:18:32 AM PDT by arthurus ("If you don't believe in shooting abortionists, don't shoot an abortionist." -Ann C.)
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To: Blind Eye Jones

Which one?

The bad one?


10 posted on 04/22/2010 2:43:20 AM PDT by RedRedRose
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To: Ronin

I disagree for slightly obvious reasons about logic and whatnot being everything.That is not entirely true but that Mr.Roger is entitled to his mindset.

Mind you Mr.Roger if you are reading this,if you ever want a demonstration,I would be more then happy to oblige.

Take me up,I promise you will get something out of it.

Liberals are kids who never got over Mommy and Daddy.It is that 40 year old with that mischevious grin on his face telling Daddy how they’ve scratched out a car with Sarah Palin stickers on it.

Liberals managed to grab power by buying into people’s weaknesses and once they got power like power they agitated for constant revolution.Never cared about the elderly,the children or anyone else.Just had to have the sense they were living in a Hollywood movie with them as the young rebel.

I think in time people will learn from experiences or not in which case.............


11 posted on 04/22/2010 2:46:38 AM PDT by Del Rapier
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To: neverdem

12 posted on 04/22/2010 2:54:48 AM PDT by mylife (Opinions...$1 Halfbaked...50c)
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To: neverdem
“I think, therefore I am...always right.”

I recently suggested my college attending son walk himself to the woodshed and reconsider this thought process as an option, considering he is getting married in 3 months. He has not responded back yet. I hope that means he’s reconsidered and the trip to the ‘woodshed’ was worthwhile.

13 posted on 04/22/2010 3:17:15 AM PDT by grame (May you know more of the love of God Almighty in the coming year)
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To: neverdem

Good explanation as to why kibs fall for cults.


14 posted on 04/22/2010 3:28:49 AM PDT by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: Del Rapier
Liberals are kids who never got over Mommy and Daddy.It is that 40 year old with that mischievous grin on his face telling Daddy how they’ve scratched out a car with Sarah Palin stickers on it.

Liberals are besotted, bloated Uncle Buck stopping by once a month to perform a few cheap parlor tricks to dazzle the kids as a means of trying to compensate for the fact that he's never accomplished a single thing in his alcohol-soaked existence.

15 posted on 04/22/2010 4:21:38 AM PDT by The Duke
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To: neverdem
I took an introduction to this class, as it was touted as effective therapy for learning disabled children, one of whom I have.

It's basically Taoism in theory ( teaches the microcosmic orbit - that's the purple ball part, which most definetly is a religion) with a bunch of new age quackery thrown in.

One thing I remember the teacher saying, that back in the cave man days, no one got sick. It was just our modern culture that produced illness. I immediately called her on that, as did one other lady.

Another chilling thing she did during one exercise when some students complained. Do you feel bad ?, the teacher asked. You are not your feelings ! Direct encouragement to dissociate from emotions from instructors is not good in my book.

This program was being sold to public schools. Another reason I homeschool.

16 posted on 04/22/2010 8:06:49 AM PDT by Red Boots
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To: RedRedRose

Yes. The itchy finger on the trigger of the gun pointing to your head. For example, Badfinger was a band that had terrible tragedy befall them — two suicides and a manager than swindled all their cash.


17 posted on 04/22/2010 10:03:42 AM PDT by Blind Eye Jones
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; ...
Imagine a worldview that licenses the student to claim to be "different" while hanging on every pronouncement by self-important gurus. The student (and the teacher) get to espouse "critical thinking" while succumbing to emotion. Neither can resist calling attention to contrived virtuousness and proclaiming, "I love new ideas. See how the echo-chamber embraces me?"
This calls to mind the "think for yourself" scene in "Life of Brian". ;') Thanks neverdem.
18 posted on 04/23/2010 6:47:26 AM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; neverdem; metmom; editor-surveyor; tpanther; GodGunsGuts
I was just about to point out that the roots of liberal think, and global warming-think all go back to the worldview and thought processes that started with of Darwin-think, and then you put that dolphin You Tube thing on here crediting the super-advanced evolutionary progression of dolphins -- yes supposedly even beyond that of mankind itself -- for all the worshipful adoration that mankind should engage in as we all connect with our "inner-dolphin."

Evolutionary mysticism with hints of pantheism.

What will evolutionists be caught worshiping next? First it was their elevated sense of self-importance, and self-validation through self-exalted -- albeit sorely mistaken -- perceptions of their presumed superior intellects. But now, these self-enlightened souls will pay homage and obeisance to their "inner dolphin," all for the special discounted "made-for-you-tube" offer price of just... ~$2000!

How quiant.

FReegards!


19 posted on 04/24/2010 8:34:44 PM PDT by Agamemnon (Intelligent Design is to evolution what the Swift Boat Vets were to the Kerry campaign)
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To: 2Jedismom; 6amgelsmama; AAABEST; aberaussie; adopt4Christ; Aggie Mama; agrace; AliVeritas; ...

ping


20 posted on 04/24/2010 8:58:50 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: neverdem

Libs break the first commandment every time. They want to be their own gods. They want to be worshiped, powerful and in control.

Every psych student I knew in college was two things - liberal and crazy. Not necessarily in that order.


21 posted on 04/24/2010 9:01:51 PM PDT by 1010RD (First Do No Harm)
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To: Agamemnon
I once worked for a newspaper editor who'd go absolutely apoplectic over the description of there being a "1st Annual" anything.

His explanation — Since an annual event, by definition, occurs yearly, it can only become an annual event upon being held for a second time, a year after the inaugural event.

22 posted on 04/24/2010 9:09:51 PM PDT by Bob
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To: 1010RD
Every psych student I knew in college was two things - liberal and crazy. Not necessarily in that order.

Most students in college are liberal, including many Freepers like myself.

As for psych students being crazy, well, I have a masters degree in counseling and I would say that most people who go into the field, again perhaps including myself, are there because they have some issues they need to work on themselves. My husband joined me for an evening at one of the downtown bars with my fellow students one time. Afterward he told me that they were all crazy. Of course, he is an engineer..... But I could not disagree with him. I often hoped I was not like many of the other students in my classes.

23 posted on 04/25/2010 5:41:33 AM PDT by aberaussie
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To: aberaussie

I am sorry to have insulted you in anyway. You’re right it is good that people who are concerned about their well being would seek out those courses which might help.

I just don’t see psychology as science. There are multiple postulates in conflict in psychology. You don’t see that in real science. There aren’t two biologies or physics. My concern is that they’re deemed qualified by “degree” and not by an objective standard of cure.

For instance, Freud studied abnormals to tell us about normals. We don’t do that in biology. We start with normal and then define abnormal. How many of these psychologists are in it for the control and feeling of superiority?


24 posted on 04/25/2010 7:18:26 AM PDT by 1010RD (First Do No Harm)
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To: Ronin
We really do need to get the kids out of the driver’s seat before they crash the car into a building just to hear the cool sound it would make.

You sound like you are talking about the Obama regime.

25 posted on 04/25/2010 8:23:32 AM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Hey, Barack "Hubris" Obama, $10 is all it would take, why spend millions to cover it up?)
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To: Bob
I once worked for a newspaper editor who'd go absolutely apoplectic over the description of there being a "1st Annual" anything.

Tell you what there, copy boy, maybe you'd like to take that issue up with Perry White then.

Guess by now it's pretty obvious that you weren't in attendance at the first one held in Arlington, VA 9/11-9/13/2009, else you'd have known that my signature block is adapted from the badge all attendees wore at the event.

Still you've been around here long enough that you should have known something more than what you appear to know right now.

I'd imagine Jim Robinson himself had something to do with the design of the badge.

Maybe if he continues to have a problem with it you can get Perry White to give him a call.

FReegards!


26 posted on 04/25/2010 10:19:09 AM PDT by Agamemnon (Intelligent Design is to evolution what the Swift Boat Vets were to the Kerry campaign)
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To: aberaussie; 1010RD
Most students in college are liberal, including many Freepers like myself.

Sounds like we might have a mis-placed modifier in there somewhere?

That said, at its core all that the study of psychology involves is training in the art of that which manipulates emotions, and then further training in how to exploit the weaknesses of others, particularly those who tend to think primarily using their emotions -- with the final object of controlling such people.

Political "science" is a study in con-artistry which is nothing more than another school of psychology, but one should not allow what these bubble headed manipulators wish to cloak in the esteem of "science" to be confused with what a studies conducted in true science (e.g., "natural science.")

It is of little suprise to learn that most high school "guidance" counsellors and the staffs of corporate human resources departments are psych grads. Neither is truly on your side -- either as a student on one context, or as an employee in another -- although they will often attempt to take you into their confidence completely for ulterior purposes, and for purposes which are often not in your interest at all.

It's a standard rule of thumb which has served me well throughout both my academic and profressional career in natural sciences: Psych majors, and those who choose to enter professions which typically attract psych majors are not to be trusted under ANY circumstances.

FReegards!


27 posted on 04/25/2010 10:49:15 AM PDT by Agamemnon (Intelligent Design is to evolution what the Swift Boat Vets were to the Kerry campaign)
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To: Agamemnon

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“What will evolutionists be caught worshiping next?”

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Poverty, for everyone but themselves, of course!
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28 posted on 04/25/2010 3:58:18 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Obamacare is America's kristallnacht !!)
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To: Ronin; cpanther70

Well, that’s a good observation, mine takes it a step further...a liberal is simply a person that rejects (the one and only Judeo-Christian) God.


29 posted on 04/28/2010 3:29:15 PM PDT by tpanther (Science was, is and will forever be a small subset of God's creation.)
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