Submitted by frlarry on Sat, 04/08/2017 - 05:34
A simple idea, good on its face but taken to an extreme (especially if it should be elevated in the mind's eye to the "pinnacle of ideas") can turn that idea into a monster. Lacking in some essential, balancing characteristics, the idea grows from a homunculus (conceived in the laboratory of a philosopher's mind) to a Frankenstein's monster (bent on destroying its creator and everything he actually cherishes). Such ideas include the post-modern ideas of freedom (as in freedom from rather than freedom for), democracy (as in mob rule), self-realization (unfettered by reality, as in trans-genderism and trans-humanism), protection from risk (as in trying to turn reality into a giant rubber-room, cf. ""moral hazard") and progress (toward fulfillment of such half-baked ideals and conceived of as an ideal in itself). The very idea that a human society can achieve perfection is such an idea. All societies falter and eventually die because some key ideas are distorted or lost. Even brilliant cultures begin in great promise and end in arrogant nonsense. Lacking in structural integrity (Augustine: evil is a privation of good) the weight of their contradictions ensures their collapse, an implosion. All sufficiently large implosions are violent. Such seems to be the ultimate fate of western culture as it follows the path of "progress". This Frankenstein's monster, like the beast conceived by author Mary Shelley, should be pitied (as it thrashes about) even more than it is feared.