Saturday, June 28, 2008

Right, Wrong, Arabs, the Left

In this video, a Saudi religious authority at first encourages Muslims to wait a few years before deflowering their child brides, and so I'm thinking:
Better, at least, than what might be.

However, I didn't quite comprehend his perspective. He continued on:

The Prophet Muhammad is the model we follow. He took Aisha to be his wife when she was six, but he had sex with her only when she was nine.
Simply and absolutely wrong.

The Left believe objective truth does not exist. They argue that nothing is absolutely wrong.

This argument - that all truth is subjective opinion - is passed down from philosophers like Kant and Nietzsche, and is revered by college professors and Leftists all over the Western world. I wonder how they get around that they are effectively arguing it is true that truth does not exist. It seems they defeat their own argument. I shall mull this.

I am all into C.S. Lewis:

... the two points I wanted to make. First, that human beings, all over the earth, have this curious idea that they ought to behave in a certain way, and cannot really get rid of it. Secondly, that they do not in fact behave in that way. They know the Law of Nature; they break it. These two facts are the foundation of all clear thinking about ourselves and the universe we live in.
Lewis says the "curious idea that [we] ought to behave in a certain way" is a common idea which comes from God. God supernaturally urges us to do right, and we sense it, even in situations where we also have an urge to do wrong.

Lewis argues all societies have some righteousness in common:

There have been differences between [civilizations'] moralities, but these have never amounted to anything like a total difference.
for our present purpose I need only ask the reader to think what a totally different morality would mean. Think of a country where people were admired for running away in battle, or where a man felt proud of double-crossing all the people who had been kindest to him.
[Men] have always agreed that you must not simply have any woman you liked.

But the most remarkable thing is this: Whenever you find a man who says he does not believe in a real Right and Wrong, you will find the same man going back on this a moment later. He may break his promise to you, but if you try breaking one to him he will be complaining "It's not fair" before you can say Jack Robinson.
Ultimately, I agree with Lewis - not due to any logical argument, but rather due to my own sense that each of us do have a supernatural and guiding sense inside us.

Though it's our nature to overtly and serially ignore the right thing, a further problem is the ease with which we mis-identify the right thing. Consider someone earnestly trying to follow the "rich man ... camel through the eye of a needle" concept. Since we live in a free market economy: the more we produce, and thus the richer we become, the more we also help our fellow man. Therefore, it's important to interpret the true meaning of Jesus' words, lest one mistakenly produce less inside a free market economy, and thus mistakenly contribute less to one's fellow man.

BTW, I've read that "camel" is a misinterpretation of the original Hebrew. It properly should read "easier for rope to pass through the eye of a needle." Supposedly true.

Back to the political Left, and the core Leftist argument that all truth is subjective. From this argument flows the PC doctrine that intellectual discrimination is bad. From this flows the PC doctrine of "who are we to criticize another culture?" From this flows Evan Sayet's contention that PCs believe the attempt to be right is at the root of all injustice in the world:

Their thinking is this:

If nobody ever thought to be right, what would we disagree about?
If we didn't disagree, surely we wouldn't fight.
Without fighting there would be no war.
Without war there would be no poverty.
Without poverty there would be no crime.
Without crime there would be no injustice.

Its a Utopian vision.
Let us come back to Arab Muslims marrying nine year old girls, which they do; and to Arab Muslims being exhorted to not fear entering marriage with six year old girls. A question arises:

If supernatural truth does exist, why does a segment of Arab culture ignore it in favor of marrying nine year old girls?

Now, OF COURSE I've considered I might be wrong; and it might be appropriate - in certain cultural circumstances - to consummate marriage with a nine year old girl. And I reject that argument. I am not wrong.

Arab culture is simply ignoring what they - if they would stop and study on it - would know to be wrong. Some Arabs live under some cultural pressure to do wrong, and they succumb to the pressure.

This points to a truth which the non-judgmental, politically correct West does not recognize: in some respects, Arab culture is insane. Large groups of Arabs are immersed in culturally sanctioned collective fantasy. The Arab mind can seem irrational and illogical precisely because the culture IS irrational and illogical in several respects.

What of C.S. Lewis' argument, from above:
There have been differences between [civilizations'] moralities, but these have never amounted to anything like a total difference.
Nuance. There ARE differences between Western morality and Arab morality, yet these do not amount to anything like a total difference.

Where has my argument arrived? Here:

Western and Arab cultures share some morality, yet Arab culture has skewed and perverted morality in some areas. Everything in Arabia is not okay. Culturally sanctioned fantasy thinking is not okay. Arabs are divorced from truth in some important ways. They encourage their sons and daughters to also be divorced from truth.

Some things are very clear from here.


If you are further interested in learning about Arab culture, I recommend writings by two psychiatrists:
Dr. Sanity:
Shame, the Arab Psyche, and Islam
The Arab Mind: Index of 15 Blogposts Scroll down for links to the posts.

Since today's post touched on Arab Muslim sexuality, here is a specifically related Shrinkwrapped post:
The Arab Mind, Part XII: Adult Sexuality

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