This blog originally founded by Blogger who holds a theological degree and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology. Taught Psychology for 32 years and is now Professor Emeritus. Is a board-certified psychologist and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in his profession. Ministered as a chaplain, and pastored Baptist and Episcopal churches. Publications cover the integration of psychology and theology. Served in the Army, the Merchant Marines and the Peace Corps.
Monday, September 28, 2015
Left Replaced Liberal With Progressive. Time to Change Again
The following is excerpted from the The American Thinker by Carl C. Fenn. writes:
"There's a certain level of hubris that inevitably comes along with calling oneself progressive. After all, if yours is the path of progress, what does that make every other way? "Backwards."
The intellectual arrogance is a veritable black plague that has infected nearly every place of higher education in the Western world (as well as on this blog).
Instead of approaching the world and its mysteries with the kind of humble spirit that caused Isaac Newton to declare, "If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants," many leftists seem to think that progressive ideology alone will lift them higher than any supposed giant from the past. (All the emphases in this post are mine to drive home things relevant to this blog.)
Questions that have plagued humanity for thousands of years are easily answered by the progressive mind set. For liberals, the way forward is straight and the gate is narrow and if you'd only listen to them, all your questions could be answered. (What’s so maddening when I have to read the comments on this blog.)
Don't conservatives claim that theirs is the only way as well? Aren't all of those crazy, right wing religious people just as intellectually arrogant as the leftists? That may be. But they don't claim to be dispassionate, intellectual gods who are passing down objective decrees from the Olympus. (My emphasis because I have to call people on this over and over.) On top of that, conservative ideology stresses the frailties and weaknesses of man. (On the blog, we are constantly berated for being negative about people. We face that humans are not perfect. Only God is.)
The danger of intellectual arrogance (whether of the conservative or progressive variety) is clear: it leads to eventual failure and keeps the offender in ignorance. (My emphasis to point out how we have learned on this blog that our "progressives" are totally unable to see or to admit their programs have failed all over the world. Nor can they admit how damaging they have been to people’s moral integrity.)
So what's the cure? Humility, and a large dose of it. If we're ever going to have an intelligent debate in this nation again, we're going to have to get humble. We must recognize when we're wrong and be willing to change course. We must also recognize when we're right and be willing to stand up for our principles regardless of the opposition we may face. But, whether we rethink things or remain constant, we must do either in humility.
Posted by Blogger at 8:05 PM