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MATTHEW BOOSE: The left is a religion without forgiveness
For all the left’s talk about love and tolerance, it’s getting impossible to ignore the evidence of the senses, which scream that the left is hard-hearted and hateful.
For the left, grace is not to be found in any world above, and it is in precious supply in this one too. Instead of the redemptive power of love, the left has only bloody vengeance.
The left might not think of themselves as members of a religion, but they resemble one, albeit lacking in forgiveness or any of the insights that make religion good and true.
That humans are sinful and need redemption from a higher power is one of the basic insights of religion. Rather than recognize this truth, the left imagines humans as blank slates capable of moral perfection with enough ideological re-education.
Not recognizing that humans are sinful, the left is unforgiving when people stray from the noble path of “social justice.” After all, if humans are perfectly educable blank slates, then there is no excuse for being seduced by bigotry. Those who do are “ignorant” of the newest progressive fashions.
Part of the difficulty with satisfying the left’s moral standards is that they are constantly changing. Rather than truths about right and wrong, the left looks to ever-evolving “theory.”
Indeed, the left doesn’t have morals, only elite sensibility, and this sensibility is constantly being purified and refashioned by the elites. And since the left’s moral standards are constantly mutating, everyone living today is committing all kinds of horrible transgressions by the left’s future, more “advanced” sensibilities.
While regarding humans as capable of being educated into perfect “tolerance,” the left simultaneously denies the existence of evil, looking instead to build a Tower of Babel — a perfectly “tolerant,” multicultural world without the limitations of morality and natural law.
The hubris to overcome limitations animates the left at its core. Rejecting the “oppression” of right and wrong, the left aims to overcome all restrictions on the worldly ambition of building a perfectly unlimited, tolerant humanity.
And while permissive of abortion, the left is savagely, violently prohibitive of “intolerance.” Subordinating everything to the peculiar morality of “tolerance” of all habits and ways of life, the left is quite forgiving when it comes to killing babies, but hard-hearted toward even minor deviations from their elite sensibility.
While punishing people for distant, politically incorrect transgressions, the left celebrates evil in the present. For the left, the only sin is intolerance — not only toward other cultures, but also toward evil itself, when evil is necessary for “progress.” Newly fashioned ideas are liberating and good; timeless truths about good and evil are limiting and bad.
The ideas that infanticide is evil and that humans are sinful are restrictive and intolerant, and therefore, wrong to the left. Rather than seeing human nature as in need of chastening, the left celebrates the unlimited Self. As blank slates, humans are not only above needing grace, but are self-fashioning beings — little gods themselves — unrestricted by petty strictures from the past, by oppressive morals, or by biology.
If sin isn’t real, and if humans are not in need of moral guidance but are the arbiters of morality themselves, then humans don’t need forgiveness. They are better off left alone to pursue worldly, ecstatic experience. The most wayward instincts of human nature are to be indulged and encouraged, rather than controlled, and the consequences of bad decisions are trivial and reversible.
If killing babies is fine, then what is the point of grace? Mercy and forgiveness in such a worldview are meaningless.
The left’s worldview precludes the necessity or possibility of grace. Rather than grace, what humans need is “wokeness.” They must be redeemed, not by acknowledging sin, but by acknowledging that sin is a “construct,” that opposition to abortion is a hoary remnant of a civilization ruled by dead white males, and that the real sin — bigotry — is everywhere in the world around them and in their hearts.
If humans are not sinful, but merely vulnerable to the socially conditioned evil of “intolerance” — and if evil does not exist in reality, but as a set of mistaken, leaned prejudices — then redemption is possible only by signaling social consciousness. Salvation comes from recognizing one’s privilege, that the “marginalized” are one’s superiors, and that leftism is the one and true path.
The left must make an example of those who reject this message: the unrepentant bigots, the lost souls, the “ignorant.” Any deviations from this path to grace must be punished with ostracism and career and reputational ruin.
Sinners are called upon to make penance to a greater or lesser degree in proportion to their position within the social hierarchy. But the necessity of dismantling all “intolerant” things and forms of distinction, between social groups, and between right and wrong, means that there are certain people who the left can never forgive.
Rather than acknowledge that all humans as flawed, the left preaches an identity-based form of predestination, dividing humanity into the marginalized elect and those destined for destruction. Even the most monkish self-flagellation cannot win an “oppressor” the enduring respect and trust of the radicals. No amount of social awareness can exonerate a white person, a man, or a Christian of their sin.
Lacking grace, the left resembles a blood sacrifice religion that thrives on destruction, not only of the unborn but of those who by virtue of belonging to a certain identity group are stamped with the original sin of bigotry. The left finds a religious ecstasy in the ritual punishment of those whose privilege marks them as the source of all evil. The symbolic destruction of these scapegoats provides an intoxicating rush.
The left is not a movement animated by love, but hate, selfishness, and resentment. They are the members of a counterfeit religion without the chance of redemption — a paganistic cult of revenge.
With radicals like this, redemption is impossible. There is only the punishment of a devouring mob.
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