Tuesday, October 18, 2016
The arrogance of anger
The Left are chronically angry. There is always something in the world that is not right and must be changed IMMEDIATELY if possible. Each Leftist probably has his own little wellspring of anger and some may be dispositionally angry: Nothing may suit him. He is in a permanent state of upset and disquiet. The things that Leftists usually say they are angry about -- inequality, racism etc. -- are probably just convenient hooks to hang his expressions of anger on but there always seems to be some real, genuine anger motivating him. Often it is just that he is not getting the recognition and praise that he thinks he deserves.
And that anger explains many things about the Leftist. It explains his impetuosity for starters. "Pass a law" is his recipe for fixing everything. Finding the source of the problem he identifies and devising solutions that might work given time are alien ideas to him. The slow build that leads to permanent structures and systems is not for him.
The anger also explains the arrogance of Leftists and their pretence to elitism. Anger never considers that it might be in the wrong. It always feels itself to be in the right. It has no self-doubt. If Leftists really were an intellectual elite there might be some reason to regard them as wise governors but any ability they do have is nullified by their anger and urgency to change no matter what. And that is why Leftist policies always have unfortunate side effects. They may confer some benefit but also do a lot of harm.
The "Affordable Care Act" (Obamacare) is a classic example of that. For the great majority of Americans it has made health insurance LESS affordable. It was just not well thought out because it had to be enacted URGENTLY.
And for most Leftists, no parade of facts and logic will wean him off his poorly-considered beliefs. The habitual anger of the Leftist is hard to give up, because wanting to feel/be right is part of human nature. From the basic physical survival drive, through to intellectual and moral issues we like to be right.
That confidence in one's own rightness is however thoroughly deplorable in the Christian tradition. As it says in Luke 18:
"He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt:
“Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.
The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed[a] thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’
But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’
I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
I like that scripture and believe that it forms part of my personal values. The Pharisees there are directly analogous to the modern-day Left, who think that they know it all and are confident in their own righteousness. So it is no wonder that Leftists hate Christianity. Christ condemned them. Leftists much prefer the arrogant religion of Mohammed.