02 06 11 - 21:06
"Let me tell you what's going on, and why this one is so touchy. We are fighting the narrative. You do not fight the narrative. The narrative will destroy you. The narrative is all-powerful. The narrative rules. It rules us, it rules Washington, it rules everything. Now ask me, 'What is the narrative?'"
"What is the narrative?"
"The narrative is the set of assumptions the press believes in, possibly without even knowing that it believes in them. It's so powerful because it's unconscious. It's not like they get together everyone morning and decide, 'These are the lies we tell today.' No, that would be too crude and honest. Rather, it's a set of casual, nonrigorous assumptions about a reality they've never really experienced that's arranged in such a way as to reinforce their best and most ideal presumptions about themselves and their importance to the system and they way they've chosen to live their lives. It's a way of arranging things a certain way that they all believe in without ever really addressing carefully. It permeates the whole culture...And the narrative is the bedrock of their culture, the keystone of their faith, the altar of their church. They don't even know they're true believers, because in theory they despise the true believer in anything. But they will absolutely de-frackin'-stroy anybody who makes them question all that." - I, Sniper, by Stephen Hunter (183)
Where postmodernism and paleoconservatism meet: there is reality, and then there is liberalism, which is an advanced form of cognitive dissonance.
In reality, life is a hierarchy where everyone has a place, and the best move up. We adapt to nature and we formulate goals that will have positive outcomes.
To the damaged ego, this is something the mind is too disorganized to understand, so they take it personally and retaliate by forming a band of reality-deniers.
This Crowd then seeks to legitimize its delusion through academia, law and popular opinion.
When they are done, they create a Soviet state: an official dogma trumps reality, until it bleeds the place dry. Bodies pile up in forgotten corners.
They did it in France, and they did it in Russia, and they've done it in a hundred third-world nations. Always the same result.
Ask yourself: is reality so bad we need anthropomorphic denial?
Or can we do away with the narrative, be good nihilists and just perceive reality as it is?