Mar 3, 2022Liked by Unverified Revelations

Found you on Twitter, really enjoying your posts. I think what you said in your Twitter thread about the necessity of first adopting artificial roles placed on you by society and parents before properly transcending them has real resonance for our society as a whole. So much of current philosophy and politics is premised on the notion of a rebellion against tradition: things like rejecting traditional gender roles, "decolonizing" the Western Canon, complicating long-standing historical narratives, even deconstructing notions like "truth" or "objectivity" themselves. The theorists who originally spawned these postmodern ideas did not grow up with them. They were well-trained in the classics, in the Canon, in history. Their teachers still believed in things like "Truth"; some of them may still have even believed in God. And so those rebels first had to go through the "systemic valley" you are describing before reaching their (undeniable) insights. There was actually a real, living tradition against which those early theorists could rebel, against which their theories could be tested and formed into their mature shape.

Today, this philosophy of rebellion *is* the tradition young intellectuals grow up in. But rebellion is no basis for a tradition; traditions require order, lineage, structure. And so we, at least as an intellectual culture, are the equivalent of the spoiled, narcissistic "children of hippies" that you describe in your Twitter thread. We got to the rebellion stage without even knowing what we were rebelling against. We never passed through the "systemic valley" of having to really learn a tradition. We think that our every fleeting fantasy or poorly conceived idea is valid and worthy of intellectual respect (see, e.g., "abolish the police"). I think this is at least part of the origin of the Woke ideology that is wreaking so much havoc right now in our intellectual, political, and moral culture.

Anyways, thanks for your post. Keep them coming!

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