Uncommon Sense

politics and society are, unfortunately, much the same thing

Progressive means not thinking things through

Dave Ramsey said it best.

Children do what feels good. Adults make a plan and follow through.

Progressive ideology has transformed America, previously a land of rugged individualism and home of the brave, into a land of hyper sensitive kidults who can’t deal with even the slightest discomfort. You can find a recent case in higher education about this very thing.

Life has enough misery already, without adding to it by making bad decisions. Progressive-ism is all about normalizing bad decisions. It aims at an ideal of absolute equality and works to achieve that ideal, but disregards or ignores consequences in the process. That which is good is denigrated, while that which is bad or even harmful is “reexamined with a more open minded perspective” or even lauded. In this way all choices are treated as equally valid.

Conservative thought aims for an ideal, too, but holds onto reality. Where a progressive would look at an injustice and childishly believe people should just change for the better, a conservative does not rely on a static view of the world. Conservative-ism means looking at the world dynamically to effect change; and not merely change, but good change specifically.

In conservative thought, experience teaches us life can be full of misery and joy. But those who wish to maximize joy or at least minimize misery have to be careful about their decisions. Actions have consequences, sometimes long term, lingering, and unforeseen. Because of the consequences, conservatives look at choices and carefully consider their immediate and their long term effects. Where progressives think in short term, compartmentalized segments (statically), conservatives think in a long term, holistic way (dynamically). That’s why the medical profession requires its doctors to take an oath to “do no harm”. The intention of helping people is not enough; compassion must be mindful, not mindless.

Take the case of Caitlyn Jenner, for example. There is wide and proud adulation for Jenner’s “courage”. Neal West at Epic Times, while I think he just doesn’t understand Jenner’s critics, makes an excellent point about his/her acolytes. And he makes a great point about the very real possibility that Jenner’s transformation may have to do more with being an attention addict than anything else. Jonah Goldberg makes a great point that, while many are playing fast and loose with gender identity (and show a prime example of over-educated confusion), the rest of us should be allowed to not care.

Among the deliberate overdose of adulation, there is little attention paid to the other side of the coin.

Walt Heyer, whose been through the sexual transformation and back, writes from a perspective of regret. Not just regret, but deep regret.

In a CNN interview on Tuesday, Walt Heyer warned viewers that the relief accompanying gender reassignment surgery doesn’t last. After Jenner expressed exhilaration over the Vanity Fair cover, Heyer responded that such elation is normal, but transient.

Heyer acknowledged that “this is really the most exciting time in a transgender’s life.” It is, he said, “the debut,” when “all the things that you had hoped and thought about are coming about.” From personal experience, however, and from the many transgender people who write to him, Heyer says he knows “this doesn’t always last.”

Regret is one form of misery that is bound to happen in life. But a short term, static perspective on a huge decision very likely to produce great regret in the long term. One reason regret is so painful is that it is often self-inflicted. And that makes it possible to mitigate or even avoid – by making good decisions. And that requires a dynamic view of life, taking into account the long term implications of our actions.

Dr. Paul McHugh, writing at the Wall Street Journal, brings up the inconvenient but necessary fact that “A drastic physical change doesn’t address underlying psycho-social troubles.” Dr. McHugh is the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital and its current Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry.

But who cares what the experts say? An Md at Johns Hopkins who deals with this sort of thing and someone who’s actually experienced it for himself don’t have anything of value to offer unless they affirm Jenner’s “courage”. That’s why these two men are not getting much national news coverage. We wouldn’t want anyone to actually think things through for themselves, now would we? You can spread the word by sharing this post.

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2 Responses

  1. Kria Nukkao says:

    Let me ask you this – which nations in the world are statistically the most successful? Which have the best education, lowest crime, lowest amount of poverty? The answer to these questions is that the most successful nations have more progressive ideology. I’m not spreading propaganda, a little bit of research will back my claim. So please do proper research next time. Cheers 🙂

    • uncommonsense says:

      Indeed, not all ideologies are the same are not all are equal (a fact which is often at odds with progressive ideology). In your statement it matters how one defines terms like “progressive” and “equality” and “social justice” and such. However, this latest story of the minimum wage and the harm it is causing features the results of a well established progressive tenet. So please define how you would use the terms listed above. Then please provide evidence for your claim, unless you haven’t actually done your research.

      I would venture to guess many aspects of a successful nation can easily be ascribed to a conservative system (as in American economic conservatism) but which progressives often claim as their own. American cities which are notoriously left wing/liberal/progressive (Baltimore, Washington D.C., Oakland, Seattle, etc.) typically have bad public education (though often good private schools), high crime, and greater poverty.

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