November 29, 2012

Just Wrong!

Do we require a new category for all our antipathy toward the great spiritual leaders of the world? I gotta be me. A drummer I've known for forever posts this on Facebook. It's from LoveMeditationCenter.

I will aggravate one blog friend by bashing a man he admires and I will annoy one blog brother by doing it on a weekend he is moving and cannot join in. But this is simply wrong and untrue.

It sounds great -- I can see the appeal. But it is at best a false dichotomy: "successful people" and "peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds" are two different groups? Stephen King? JK Rowling? Joss Whedon? Dr. Phil? And if they were -- is it prima facie obvious that the latter is better? Another Bill Gates or another Mother Theresa?

This is perhaps harmless twaddle (although a guy in the middle of Atlas is not full of treacle forgiveness and twaddle tolerance). I would not put it with his embrace of Marxism. But twaddle is a known gateway drug to irrationality, is it not? Saying something that sounds good but is not is a special brand of perfidy.

Philosophy Posted by John Kranz at November 29, 2012 6:53 PM

And here we thought President Obama was king of the strawman argument. There's still a lot he could learn from the master.

Posted by: johngalt at November 30, 2012 3:51 AM

"Destruction is the only end that the mystics' creed has ever achieved, as it is the only end that you see them achieving today, and if the ravages wrought by their acts have not made them question their doctrines, if they profess to be moved by love, yet are not deterred by piles of human corpses, it is because the truth about their souls is worse than the obscene excuse you have allowed them, the excuse that the end justifies the means and that the horrors they practice are means to nobler ends. The truth is that those horrors are their ends."

Rand, Ayn (2005-04-21). Atlas Shrugged: (Centennial Edition) (p. 1046). Penguin Group. Kindle Edition.

Posted by: jk at December 2, 2012 12:49 PM

QOTD.Read 'em and weep:

Posted by: Jk at December 2, 2012 10:35 PM

Moved, but still not too, too late to join in! :) I'll just add: What the planet really, really doesn't need is more guys who jet around the world in red robes, with every thread and plane ticket provided out of the subsistence income of poor schmucks who think he's some kind of GodMan. THAT'S what the planet doesn't need more of.

Posted by: Ellis Wyatt at December 3, 2012 5:11 PM | What do you think? [4]