Straight Out of 1984
Life reduced to slogans and soundbites
This BLM supporter’s sign is pretty much straight out of 1984’s Ministry of Truth. War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength.
Of course, private property is far less important than any human’s life. But private property is nonetheless important to permit people to make something of it — including increasing potential and opportunity and wealth for others. One’s dignity takes a huge hit if one cannot be creative with (or have their freedom curtailed) and labor over what one “has” materially. Yet, this presupposes persons with good character — those who learned morality (as Aristotle taught us) at the feet of their mother, not from a text in moral philosophy. Freedom is not for the sake of freedom because freedom is not a goal or an end in itself. True freedom is not being constrained to do anything: it is about doing what is right — what is objectively good.
“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious People. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” (John Adams)
It is “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” — not “life, liberty, and happiness”. No individual, no ideology, no organization can promise or grant a person happiness. Nor can they be permitted to denigrate and take away one’s dignity. Nor is one entitled to happiness: one must pursue it, chase it, seek it by investing one’s very soul into the endeavor — the adventure. Happiness is another word for that which comes from the pursuit of being “excellent” or even “perfect.” That is, the U.S. Constitution is spot-on because it leaves it to each individual to change for the better. We should never reduce life to the immature soundbite nonsense of Obamanesque “change” to be imposed on others. Obama’s subterranean tyranny is far more deadly than the laughable, overt attempts by Trump this past January. Obama and the left themselves don’t want to change: they want others to salve their guilty consciences by changing for the convenience of the left and their anti-human ideological commitments.
Black lives and their dignity matter only if the dignity and lives of all matter. This includes the lives of the unborn (the most innocent and defenseless sacrificed to Moloch so that adult lives are made “more convenient”) and those on death row (whose actions, of course, we do not condone). Homosexual and trans lives matter as well, but not their deviant actions. Alcoholics’ and drug addicts’ lives matter, but not their actions. George Floyd’s life mattered, but his actions were despicable and criminal — he is no saint, but he did not deserve to be murdered. Illegal immigrant lives matter, but not their actions nor are they entitled to an automatic path to citizenship — the former is a human right, the latter is a political privilege. Did not Martin Luther King teach us to judge character and actions rather than skin color?
“Black lives” is not the standard: human life is the standard — it is sacred. It is racist to identify skin color as the distinction for judging others — especially judging the dignity and worthiness of one life over another. Slavery was supported by those who were free and owned slaves. Abortion is supported by those who were born. That is how oppression starts. War is Peace.
Half-truth sloganeering only confuses and divides. This example of an actual Stalinist slogan said it best: “With an iron fist we will drive mankind to happiness!” Isn’t that precisely what the left is practicing? If the violently racist, socialist organization BLM “matters,” then why don’t they care about American flag-bearing Cuban (and Hong Kong!) protestors? Why does BLM openly and formally support the Cuban regime with the bald-faced lie of blaming the U.S. for oppressing the Cubans by not permitting a free vote? A “free vote” in Cuba… really?!? And the sickening irony of Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas demanding Cuban refugees not enter the U.S… wait for it… “illegally” is one for the record books. Freedom is Slavery.
Let us please stop the soundbite, Twitteresque, non-thinking insanity of reducing reality to slogans. The less one thinks the easier one is controlled. Has no one read 1984… or, perhaps apropos the U.S., Brave New World? Neither are Jeff Bezos, Jack Dorsey, Mark Zuckerberg, BLM, or QAnon your friends… but they’d love to think for you: Ignorance is Strength.