ketvirtadienis, balandžio 28, 2011

Dienos citata: Subjectivists

10 characteristics of subjectivists
  1. Babies are born objectivists. They’re natural empiricists determined to learn about the world around them. Subjectivism is an unnaturally learned behavior. It’s similar to how feet grow unnaturally under the ancient Chinese practice of foot binding. It’s a reaction to growing up under the irrational absolutes of an unjust authority figure. It could be better understood as a psychological defense that reduces all absolutes to mere, subjective opinion. The subjectivist must maintain a twisted, inner multiverse of countless, inconsistent realities.

  2. In many cases of subjugation, the victim turns their situation into a “virtue” (see Nietzsche’s slave morality). Subjectivism is a passive aggressive stance. The good is to accept all opinions as truth and all truth as opinion. The good is to accept that all ideas are valid and all beliefs should be respected regardless of content. The evil is, of course, to be “rigid” and “unaccepting” in any way.

  3. Subjectivists are people pleasers. Being a people pleaser is tragic. They’re trained from birth to please the people who least deserve it. They’ve worked all their life to manage the irrational absolutist they are dependent on.

    As a people pleaser, the only people who will undo the work you have done to keep your irrational master pleased, are rational people. Rational people aren’t a threat to anyone but the irrational, so as a people pleaser, you’re faced with a choice.

    • Attack the rational and soothe the crazy, threatening beast.
    • Stand with the rational and bear the wrath of the insane.

    The people pleaser is far more likely to choose the first, than have the courage to choose the second. Even if the crazy person is no longer in the room, they’re still in their life and in their head. Old habits, even if only necessary in the past, still die hard.

  4. The irrational absolutist is always painted as being very kind and gentle, and they usually are, so long as the rational don’t question them. Because the subjectivist is so compliant and people pleasing, they never see the threats they’ve worked so hard to prevent. Just as with taxes, you never see the violence inherent in the system so long as you’re compliant.

    The best way to survive a dictatorship is to lick the boots of your master, curse his enemies and agree with everything he says. Though it’s important to stop doing that when the dictatorship is over, otherwise you just create another one.

  5. With subjectivism, like nihilism, there are no universal principles. In every case it’s about who is making an argument, rather than the content of the argument.

  6. “Truth”, in their experience, is dictated by a socially approved authority. This is because the subjectivist’s worst fear is social disapproval. Why? My guess is that truth was dictated by the threat of disapproval. A child’s potential for dissension, in the face of irrational absolutism, is under the constant threat of violence or the withdrawal of affection. To question a subjectivist’s opinion based on any objective, universal standard (i.e. to be skeptical) is to bear the irony of their wrath. It’s hard to see, but the subjectivist is also an irrational absolutist, the flip-side of the same coin.

  7. There’s a pattern to what you face when making any objective statements of truth around a subjectivist. The first is that your statement is reduced to mere opinion, usually in a people pleasing, honey coated, passive aggressive kind of way. They’ll accept it as cool, quirky, or “interesting” for a while. Then, should you stand on any universal principal, they’ll become angry.

    They can never admit to being angry though (anger was not allowed), instead they’ll project that anger onto you and say that you’re the one who’s angry. They’ll say that (or act as if) you’re being aggressive, that you’re trying to be a controlling dictator who won’t allow anyone to believe what they want.

    Should you mention anyone as the source of an argument you’ve accepted, so as not come off as the “dictator of truth” in their eyes, you are accused of being the a mindless sycophant under the controlling dictates of a cult leader. Again, another projection. They were forced to be a sycophant under a rigid, irrational authority.

    Remember: They always begin with the premise that truth is something dictated by a person, not any objective standard (i.e. reason or evidence), universal principle or axiom. Again, it is about the person making the arguments, not the content, and therefore one agrees with the person, not the reasoning; and because they accept this premise, they’re incredibly prone to nasty ad homenim attacks.

  8. The subjectivist position is passive aggressive while the irrational absolutist position is aggressive. It’s a false dichotomy and it typically ends with the subjectivists on the left, and the irrational absolutists on the right, politically or even religiously speaking. Turn the other cheek vs. An eye for an eye, Left Wing vs. Right Wing, Slave vs. Master.

  9. Example: Like many on the left, they may passionately protest a war, but is never based on any universal principle.

    Case in point.

    So you see in this case, we find out that their protest is not based on any principle that violence is wrong, but rather who is committing said violence and whether he’s cool or not.

  10. The subjectivist has concluded that certainty or absolutism itself is the problem, rather than irrationality. They are quite absolute and certain that nothing is or should be absolute or certain. Though when you point out this performative contradiction all you’ll get is a seat shifting blank stare and/or a reiteration of other arguments they’ve made that tell you, with certainty, that your rational certainty means you’re an asshole.
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