This is another of my philosophy posts, but this one will be short, sweet and — if you get my point — powerful in its implication.
There are two ways to look at mankind. One way is to realize that man is flawed and that he will always be flawed because he cannot change his own nature. The other way is to believe man is perfectible and that he can make his nature perfect. The first is called the ‘constrained’ view of human nature; constrained because it is limited to what it is. This view is most often associated with a belief in God. The second is called the ‘unconstrained’ view; unconstrained because it believes man can becomes whatever he wishes. This view is most often associated with a rejection of God. Typically, the Right side of the American political spectrum holds a constrained view of man while the Left holds an unconstrained view.
The Left believes that it can use science to gain enough understanding of human nature to design a perfect society and then use education and other social institutions to “socialize” the individual in such a way that he/she will accept their place within this creation. This is what all Leftist/Statist/Socialist/Communist/Progressive activists are trying to do: perfect man and society. But the unconstrained position holds an incorrect opinion of human nature and I can prove it – at least, I can prove it to those who understand basic logic.
Start with the assumption that you hold an unconstrained view of human nature and you believe man is perfectible.
OK, then I say MY view of what man is and how he should be is the optimal, so you should conform to my view and accept your place in the world I envision — that, or admit you are wrong about the perfectibility of mankind.
That’s it; that’s all that’s necessary to prove that the Leftist holds a flawed view of humanity. And, if you understand the rules of basic logic, that’s all it should take to prove it to you. I hope you’ll see that my proof is irrefutable.
[Hint: I’m really not trying to be a smart arse with this post. If you honestly do not see my point, the philosophy of John Stewart Mill and the rest of the Utilitarians should be of great help to you in figuring it out.]