Monday, March 17, 2014

Dissocial protagonism

Rod Dreher recently got into it with Andrew Sullivan over the latter’s showing little mercy in destroying Judeo-Christian civil society. I was struck by this conciliatory line in Dreher’s March 10 post. He says of Sullivan and other gay “rights” activists who fought for cultural acceptance:

They did us all a favor by awakening us morally to what it is like to live in a country where what matters the most to you is treated in custom and in law as anathema.

I was under the impression all are born with something fundamentally wrong with them, and that it’s their responsibility to cope with it, not demand the law change to accommodate them.

Unfortunately the “awakening” has moved quickly to acceptance and finally to imposition. Gee, thanks for the favor.

Individuals are not the social nuclei the Constitution’s interpreters claim them to be. Some degree of socialization is good. Perish the thought you owe it to your neighbors and yourself to wrestle privately with your demons rather than courting them in the open.

There is no natural or moral truth the imperative to self-esteem does not mow down. Be anybody. Do anything. Never give up. These are noble rallying cries for sports underdogs and self-conscious child prodigies. For the 99 percent of human endeavors that don’t include beating your sports nemesis or overcoming a handicap to do great things, they indicate any obstacle to chasing your dream is evil. The dream is good no matter what it is, while society is at best neutral, usually antagonistic. It’s others who are the problem, obstructing the self from happiness.

Really, neither an individual or a group of individuals is more innately equipped than the other to do good. Society just proves us wrong faster.

At least implicit in Dreher’s accession is the admission Sullivan’s ilk elevate their sins to the center of being. Accusing “homophobes” of obsessing over sex is, charitably, the pot calling the kettle black.

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