September 4, 2010

Interchangeable parts...

Joyce A. Little, from The Church and the Culture War: Secular Anarchy or Sacred Order
...One of the most important, and at the time unintended consequences of the civil rights movement was that it inspired two other political movements, the feminist movement and the gay rights movement. Each of these movements bears at least a superficial resemblance to the civil rights movement, in that each speaks for people whose rights to equality before the law are thought by them to have been ignored or violated and each claims that the basis upon which such equality has been denied (gender in the case of feminists, sexual orientation in the case of the gays) is as inconsequential or insignificant as skin color.

Precisely at this point at which gender and sexual orientation were declared to be insignificant as skin color, equality turned into egalitarianism. For this was the point at which the belief that all human beings are equal turned into the belief that all differences between human beings are also equal—and equally trivial. This was the point at which the equality of all human beings started to be defended specifically on grounds that all people are fundamentally identical and interchangeable...

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...Egalitarianism is a necessity for people intent on believing they are sufficient unto themselves, capable of actualizing, fulfilling and beatifying themselves. They cannot accept moral differentiations between a superior good and an inferior evil or ontological differentiations between order and disorder, since that would force them to acknowledge the existance of an objective reality larger than themselves which they cannot control

Ontological differentiations, as between male and female, in which both are recognized to be good and equal but different are also unnaceptable, since the obvious implication of such differentiation is that while each is good in itself and equal to the other, each is also incomplete in itself, requiring the other for its own completion. This also the imperial self cannot acknowledge, since the autonomous self holds itself to be already complete or at least capable of becoming complete within itself and by itself...

Posted by John Weidner at September 4, 2010 4:11 PM
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