Brains are not for figuring out what to do, that’s what hearts are for. One of the most important life lessons is that you shouldn’t even try to make decisions with your brain, because in the meantime your heart will be making decisions while you’re distracted. It’s the power behind the throne of reason. And, like magic, your brain will reason its way to the counterfactual supplied by your heart, no matter how many convolutions it takes.
This brings us to the curious case of Jeremy Bentham, the original autiste.
Bentham correctly surmised that philosophy’s greatest task is not existence, but rather the problem of pain. He was without question a sharp-minded man, a philosopher of high caliber, and a genius.
Bentham was born in Houndsditch, London, to a wealthy family that supported the Tory party. He was reportedly a child prodigy: he was found as a toddler sitting at his father’s desk reading a multi-volume history of England, and he began to study Latin at the age of three. He had one surviving sibling, Samuel Bentham, with whom he was close.
He attended Westminster School and, in 1760, at age 12, was sent by his father to The Queen’s College, Oxford, where he completed his bachelor’s degree in 1763 and his master’s degree in 1766. He trained as a lawyer and, though he never practised, was called to the bar in 1769. He became deeply frustrated with the complexity of the English legal code, which he termed the “Demon of Chicane”.
Note on the last line: he even understood, more than a century before behavioral psychology, that there is no point in having a highly complex set of laws whose outcomes are unpredictable to the average person. The point of law is to modify human behavior, and to modify behavior the subject must recognize the connection between behavior and punishment.
But as I suggested in the first paragraph, his failure as a philosopher manifested at the deepest possible level with his great axiom, “it is the greatest happiness of the greatest number that is the measure of right and wrong”. We presume he meant well by elevating the Care/Harm axis to superlativity, and yet by following this logic with aspergic precision he introduced all manner of evils into the world.
He became a leading theorist in Anglo-American philosophy of law, and a political radical whose ideas influenced the development of welfarism. He advocated individual and economic freedom, the separation of church and state, freedom of expression, equal rights for women, the right to divorce, and the decriminalising of homosexual acts. He called for the abolition of slavery, the abolition of the death penalty, and the abolition of physical punishment, including that of children. He has also become known in recent years as an early advocate of animal rights.
The problem with Care/Harm, and by extension utilitarianism, is that life is suffering. Pain is our connection to the waking world, and pleasure is merely a sedative. Bentham’s utilitarianism logically results in pursuing the eradication of all life. The logic of the beliefs our hearts accept as dogma has a way of working itself out over time. Thus we find that the four horsemen of the atheist apocalypse (Bentham, Mill, Locke, and Marx) gave us the four sirens of the sexual revolution, ensuring the conflagration of the West as a blood sacrifice from the whore of Babylon to her master, Lucifer. Child sacrifice and sexual degeneracy were only the beginning of our armageddon.
I am not suggesting the reverse of the Care/Harm axis (and I hope this is obvious) where suffering is exalted as a virtue, I am saying it is not a moral axis at all and only has practical significance concerning means to reach moral ends. But I agree wholeheartedly with the sentiment “only people who know suffering understand how to be kind to others” (H/T Evangelion). By all means, “Let beer be for those who are perishing, wine for those who are in anguish, and morphine for women in childbirth!” Bentham would have done well to understand that rationalism is a blind god in a vat, in a world of one-eyed men. In reality, Care/Harm has nothing to do with morality, just as Fairness and Equality have nothing to do with anything (H/T Scott Adams and Vox Day). I give Lakatos and Feyerabend credit for at least recognizing the problem: materialists can’t advance understanding of material things because a position of strong determinism means it’s impossible to make choices (there’s that pesky heart thing again). And once you strip this away discernment is effectively impossible, and therefore intuition as well.
The idea that your scientific methodology is already the prisca sapientia precludes the possibility of discovering new patterns- logically, new phenomena would have to somehow fit into the old paradigm as a complex series of epicycles.
Thus the finale, as inspired by this meme (H/T Heartiste).
Heartiste asks the question we’re all thinking, and having now provided the groundwork I will finally answer it.
White shitlib credentialati have to be among the most short-sighted subpopulations in human history. What do these status whoring virtue snivelers think will happen when their collective 1.2 White children have to grow up in a society that jettisoned the buffer zone of its prole class racial kin in favor of imported swarthlords with a bad case of the gibs? Do our landed gentrifiers think they’ll be left alone by the Dusk World denizens to play their SJW-certified vidgya games, read libfruit social constructivist history books, amass useless gender studies post-grad degrees, watch black bull porn, strut insouciantly from cafe to cafe wearing camel-toe accentuating yoga pants, stroke it out to another snark cue from steven gaybert, and wonder which amazon drone delivered goodie they can stick up their ass?
The self-extinction of Europe is the anti-natalist’s version of the Rapture. They don’t intend to be around for the consequences. Liberalism is literally a suicide cult and Thee Current Year is when their Hale Bopp comet comes back. Liberals want to kill off their extended kin for the same reason as loving, doting parents give poisoned Kool-Aid to their naive, trusting children. They want what they think is best for us, which is to be released from the pain-filled shackles of existence. Liberals are expressing a twisted, godless, malicious love for their white kin.
God, we pray you would save the West from weak-hearted men, though we do not deserve it.