Day By Day© by Chris Muir.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Fighting our own demons

Dennis Prager has a thought-provoking post about a fundamental difference in liberal and conservative (religious-based) ideologies: the former's belief that people aren't bad; it's just that political and social systems are unfair:

The first [difference between the secular Left and the religious Right] is that the Left frequently defines 'social justice' differently than Judeo-Christian values do. For most on the Left, 'social justice' means social equality and social fairness. It is not fair that some people have more than others. This is why the Left believes that courts should be far more than umpires when adjudicating justice: they should be promoting fairness and equality. The other difference, the focus of this column, is that leftist ideologies are so preoccupied with 'social justice' that they generally ignore personal character development. Judeo-Christian values believe the road to a just society is paved by individual character development; the Left believes it is paved with action on a macro level. That is one reason the Left is far more interested than the Right, i.e., religious Jews and Christians and secular conservatives, in passing laws, whether through legislation or through the actions of judges. That is how the Left believes you make a better society. There is, incidentally, a second reason the Left passes so many laws: As the Left breaks down the self-discipline of Judeo-Christian religions, more and more laws are needed simply to keep people from devouring each other.
Please note that Prager is not saying that conservatives are so selfishly focused on themselves that they care nothing about the world around them. Instead, he's saying this:
There are, of course, religious Jews and Christians who do not lead decent lives and there are leftists who do. But leftist ideals, being overwhelmingly macro, will always be more appealing to the less decent who want to feel good about themselves. That helps explain those Hollywood celebrities who lead narcissistic, hedonistic personal lives but nevertheless feel very good about themselves by raising money for "peace" or by demonstrating against global warming.
It's nice that something explains those silly Hollywood types.