Ortega and other critics described mass culture as a combination of ‘radical ingratitude’ with an unquestioned belief in limitless possibility. The mass man, according to Ortega, took for granted the benefits conferred by civilization and demanded them ‘peremptorily, as if they were natural rights.’ Heir of all the ages, he was blissfully unconscious of his debt to the past. Though he enjoyed advantages brought about by the general ‘rise in the historical level,’ he felt no obligation either to his progenitors or to his progeny. He recognized no authority outside himself, conducting himself as if he were ‘lord of his own existence’. His ‘incredible ignorance of history’ made it possible for him to think of the present moment as far superior to the civilizations of the past and to forget, moreover, that contemporary civilization was itself the product of centuries of historical development, not the unique achievement of an age that had discovered the secret of progress by turning its back on the past.
Beginning in the eighteenth century, the emancipation of the situated individual from his natural attachments was routinely interpreted from the perspective of universal progress as marking the accession of humanity to “adulthood.” Sustained by this individualistic impulse, modernity was characterized first and foremost as the process by which local and kinship groups, and broader communities, are gradually broken down to “liberate the individual,” and dissolve all organic relations of solidarity.
A better version of this bumper sticker would read thus: poorly-behaved women vote Democrat.
We do not need a censorship of the press. We have a censorship by the press.
Jeff Buckley - Corpus Christi Carol
This is an adaptation of a traditional, anonymous carol from England. More information here.
hbd (“human biodiversity”) could be genuinely interesting, e.g. learning about how different family structures impact both culture and average distributions of various human abilities, but a lot of people who are interested in hbd are only very superficially interested in it.
i kind of get it, average race differences in intelligence are a big deal politically, everybody hates white liberals and it’s entertaining to imagine hurting them and destroying all that they hold sacred. that is not really productive though, plus politically and culturally it’s a non-starter unless you have something broadly appealing to replace it with.
whenever i come across someone who had this kind of myopic attitude to hbd, they almost always smell of failure, a personality disorder or both. either of those conditions is a huge turn-off to most people, including people who agree with what you say. this doesn’t mean that everybody who is interested in hbd is a weirdo, but enough of them are that it makes people want to stay away even if they might otherwise find the subject matter interesting.
that said, it is darkly funny to see people who are superficially obsessed with “human nature” turn around and become enraged at other people for acting in accordance with this same human nature they just described to you. it’s doubly funny when the guy’s theories are so off-base and out of touch with reality that you wonder if he has any real social connections in his life (at which point it becomes sad)
i realized that i’m writing this rant in all lower case letters when i was halfway through writing it. i have no idea why i chose this style, and i was too
tired lazy full of acedia to correct it, so interpret that choice however you wish.
tl;dr - hbd could be interesting, is full of weirdos
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