Empty stimulation cannot compare to the deep, vivid peace hidden from the directionless life, but it is a handy substitute. People who elect slavery need a benign outlet for their passion.
“As political and economic freedom diminishes, sexual freedom tends compensating to increase. And the dictator (unless he needs cannon fodder and families with which to colonize empty or conquered territories) will do well to encourage that freedom. In conjunction with the freedom to daydream under the influence of dope and movies and the radio, it will help to reconcile his subjects to the servitude which is their fate.” –Aldous Huxley
Like a dog whistle, the calls of the flesh overpower the senses, while on a different wavelength calls to transcend futile and temporary concerns go unheeded.
What to do with political and economic freedom? The classical right of self-determination is indistinct, its ends infinite. The target is at once too broad and too small. In this larger realm of freedom, there is no clear red dot that human instinct says to aim for.
Robert Stacy McCain reflects on feminist Amanda Marcotte’s rabid preference for lack of stretch marks over progeny, for distended ego over distended belly:
Christians may perceive in Marcotte’s wicked depravity confirmation of the Bible’s prophetic truth, for she is “full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity ... without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful.” But when the mask slips and her ghastly hatefulness is revealed, Marcotte goes off an another deranged rant about “compulsory child-bearing” and “traditional gender roles,” in a transparent effort to distract attention from her own problems.
The “my body, my choice” crowd’s viciousness confirms their nihilist mindset. For this world they live, and they attack anything that blocks the way to realizing their atomized personalities. Wild, they project the power they have assumed over their limited existence outward.
The totalitarian state encourages them. It concedes to them the red dot while annexing the rest of the scope of freedom.