Denise wrote about James Woods challenging Eric Holder to come to Memphis to register disapproval of the Kroger black mob attack, and wonders if maybe there is some cracking in Hollywood.
It seems to me he is registering disgust, which is a simple biological reaction to things that are dirty, bad, or corrupting. It’s a basic defense that tells animals to avoid things like feces and dead bodies, contact with which can cause disease or death.
Destroying or suppressing this reaction renders the organism helpless against destruction. Why would anyone ever do this? I think this has occurred accidentally, in some situations, and deliberately in others. Deliberate destruction of the disgust reaction doesn’t simply dehumanize a person, since even animals have this reaction, it actually de-animalizes them.
In man’s primitive, or basic agricultural state, this was not a problem, as people had instinctual taboos against defecating close to dwellings, eating dead animals, homosexuality and incest. I believe that at some point, urbanization- which occurred as soon as there was a small agricultural surplus- led to the accidental loss of some of these taboos. In a city you can’t walk out to the designated corner of the field to relieve yourself, so sometimes people got used to doing it where they lived. “Don’t crap where you eat” is excellent advice but until the development of sanitary sewers, city dwellers had little choice.
As I talked about in my religion blog, city life made non-biological and socially inappropriate and exploitative sex possible. Here is where our split from modernity comes. Liberals don’t think you should take a dump on your kitchen floor, but they rage against any implication homosexuality or fornication is bad. And yet people have a strong, instinctual disgust to these things. Most people are cool with fornication, but still don’t like homosexuality. Liberals tolerate prostitution, don’t promote incest or bestiality, and are officially against pederasty- although I think not unofficially– but only because we haven’t “evolved” enough yet. Just wait a few years.
The Mosaic law in the Old Testament is largely a basic outline of laws of hygiene, where to defecate, how to handle dead bodies, what stuff not to eat, and what sex acts to avoid. I think the Hebrews lived in a high-density agricultural or semi-urban environment in Egypt, and had lost some basic sense of cleanliness, so it was reinstated. Liberals like to rage that it says you can’t eat shrimp, and we do that, so you should be able to have homosexuality too! In those days, eating a bad shrimp could kill you. Thanks to modern food safety practices, shrimp are probably safe, but homosexuality is still very dangerous. Being an active homosexual basically meant you were dead until massive scientific and medical intervention made it to it will only make you very sick, dependent on numerous debilitating drugs, and delay your death for some years. Plenty of homosexuals still acquire HIV, despite all the prevention efforts, and plenty still die of AIDS, despite all the medical research and spending.
Dismantling sexual morality is really, really bad. Antibiotics and birth control reduce the physical consequences, but the psychological and spiritual consequences remain. To destroy a people’s’ sexual morality is to destroy them.
Another level of disgust is racial. People really don’t like or feel comfortable around people of different races. Liberals claim they don’t, but they only spend time around small numbers of intelligent, well-enculturated members of other races, particularly blacks. Those who actually spend time around typical blacks, like Teach for America interns, tend to lose the feeling real quick. (My old New Deal liberal dad recently told me “I think riding the bus is making me a racist.”)
Whites don’t like blacks, have varying degrees of difficulty with Hispanics depending on how white they are, and are mostly OK with Asians. Asians don’t like whites that much. I think, honestly, blacks really don’t like whites and don’t like to be around them more than they have to. The races are differently adapted for different situations, and thus of limited compatibility. Whites, to blacks, I think are really weird and a little gross. We have ghostly pale skin and don’t talk or move much. We seem to them physically weak and a little sickly. Biologically, black people are far more robust for their home environment, sub-Saharan Africa. Before modern medicine Europeans in Africa usually got sick and died quickly. Even today spending any time in Africa is pretty dangerous, not even counting Ebola. Conversely blacks are poorly suited for cold environments, and the main reason slavery didn’t catch on in the North is that before central heating and cheap warm clothing, blacks didn’t survive well in the North.
Forcing incompatible people together causes all kinds of problems but the people doing the forcing aren’t affected so it’s OK. Racial disgust is not completely taboo though. The racial disgust that Jews have for non-Jews is OK. Something that is similar and closely associated is also OK. The urban, commercial people who rule us- the Puritans and Quakers, along with the Jews- all have a kind of racial and ethnic disgust for non-elite whites, for country people and even suburbanites.
Another level of disgust, that is and is thought of as intellectual but I think is also biological, is disgust at lying. James Woods is experiencing visceral disgust with the dishonesty of those refusing to acknowledge black racial violence. Lying has varying levels of danger, and on the simplest level the need to avoid social friction overrides the harm. In general however lying, falsehood, failure to acknowledge or denying the truth is seriously harmful to individuals and society.
Christianity is, as far as I know, the only religion that demands truth. Judaism limits sanctions to making a formal false allegation of wrongdoing against a fellow citizen in a legal proceeding, which is the worst kind of lying, but that leaves a lot of room. Jesus proclaims himself, and thus God, the truth. And God’s enemy, Satan, is a liar and the father of lies.
Leftism is based on numerous lies, starting with a rearrangement of social hierarchy in which all are equal but some are more equal, the concept of equality in general, racial equality, gender equality except when women are superior, and an almost complete dismantling of sexual morality and hygiene. Sometimes this involves telling lies people want to hear, and sometimes it involves destroying or suppressing people’s natural disgust and aversion to bad things.
Leftists teach that most basic human instincts are evil and ignorant. In general your instincts are valid and there to protect you.