“A noble man compares and estimates himself by an idea which is higher than himself; and a mean man, by one lower than himself. The one produces aspiration; the other ambition, which is the way in which a vulgar man aspires.”
~ Marcus Aurelius Antoninius
Because the secular humanist approach of the contemporary “progressives” focuses on incorporating the Marxist idea that religion is the “opiate of the masses”, it necessarily creates a regressive and terminal view of life.
If you don’t believe in God or that He is good, you have no fear of destroying posterity nor do you fear an afterlife where there will be judgement to higher standards than man sets for himself in his world.
Thomas Hobbes wrote that man’s existence on earth is “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short.” Only through viewing the timeline of our existence through Hobbes’ eyes can the contemporary assault on liberty, incurring crippling debt and the inter-generational theft vested on the future generations of America be justified.
Secular humanism, atheism and/or simple antipathy toward religion or apathy toward God are necessary for “progressives” to survive – it is just simply easier for someone to believe that everything ends with their death, that there is only nothingness after. When there is no fear of losing a soul, it is much easier to run up balances on both the physical and metaphysical credit card to make your life easier today when you never intend to pay tomorrow.
This is the simple reason that God is necessary to American liberty and “the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” entitle us as American citizens.
I doubt that even a large minority of the self-obsessed, self-absorbed, “I want it now”, Baby Boom generation can even comprehend such philosophical implications of the concepts of true right and true wrong but in truth, the lessons of history and philosophy are wasted on the selfish and ignorant. George Santayana was quoted as saying, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
Our society spends more time justifying wrong and evil than it does fighting them due to relativism – the misconception that discrimination (choice) and moral judgement is more evil than evil itself.
Society has bought just enough of the Marxist snake oil that it lacks the requisite fear of God to separate good from evil – and future generations will curse us for our ignorance.
There is nothing noble about “progressivism”. There is nothing noble about avoiding pain today only to pass it on to your children and the children of others.
The ultimate failure of “progressivism” lies in the simultaneously held, yet contradictory beliefs that while humans are too ignorant to comprehend the complexity of life well enough to make the “right” decisions and act in their own best interests, “progressives” can create a human authority with power over the individual (a centrally planned government) that can comprehend this complexity and will never make the wrong decision.