If you’re a Millennial, you probably got bad advice like this all your life:
- “Wear your heart on your sleeve…”
- “It takes courage to be vulnerable…”
- “Share your feelings and you’ll be loved and accepted…”
- “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover…”
- “Sharing is caring…”
- “You are responsible for other people’s feelings…”
- “You are perfect just the way you are…”
- “Acts of Random Kindness will change the world…”
- “Everyone is unique…don’t ever try to change!”
Growing up, I was told that sucker lines like these were the path to happiness.
I heard them from teachers, pastors, TV shows…sometimes even my own parents! If you grew up around the same time, you were probably told the same thing.
And what did it get you?
The same thing it got me…broken relationship, failed goals, no success.
If you followed this advice, you end up left with no respect, no success, and no hope. Who thought this was a good idea to pass this kind of advice around?
The truth is…nobody.
Because this bad advice comes from an insidious scheme that sought to remake human nature.
The Truth About Bad Advice
By early 1990s, the Berlin Wall had come down and the Communist regimes were crumbling across the globe. The Cold War was over, and with it disappeared the dark spectre of atomic holocaust.
It was at this time, Francis Fukuyama wrote an article in The National Interest magazine called “The End of History.”
Now Fukuyama was a Hegelian…a follower of the philosophy of Georg F. Hegel.
Hegel believed that that there was no eternal human nature linking the experiences of mankind throughout all time (Levin 95-105). He threw out the wisdom of Ephesians 1:9 that King Solomon knew so well:
“There is nothing new under the sun.”
The End of History?
Instead, Hegel believed that human nature was constantly shifting and evolving for every generation. He believed that for each generation had no shared experiences with generations that had gone before.
In Hegel’s system, every generation was different. He believed each generation’s the new human nature would always destroyed the old, throwing it upon the dust heap of history.
According to Hegel, this constant upward evolution would crescendo into “The Final End”, a utopian harmony of robotic perfection, where humanity would achieve its highest spiritual state (Levin 95-105).
In “The End of History”, Fukuyama wrote that “The Final End” had come with the halt of the Cold War. From this he drew the article’s name. The end of history had arrived (Fukuyama 3-18).
But history was far from over. For Hegel’s insidious adherents had a plan.
Postmodernism’s Dirty Little Secret
Biology confirms what many philosophers across space and time have observed for many years. There is a human nature.
It’s a fact that even the “no human nature” crowd of trendy Postmodern Academics can’t escape.
And so they secretly play to it…in their own twisted way.
Brain Waves Prove the Truth
To understand it, we have to look at the research of psychologist Jonathan Haidt and his associates at the Moral Foundations Project.
With brain-scanning imagery resolution, they were able to conclusively discover that when human beings do good things, they get good feelings. When they do bad things, they get bad feelings (Haidt 111-180).
They found that the knowledge of good and bad is hard-wired into the brain…and it is the same regardless of age, class, gender, race, or religion.
It’s the truth that Paul knew so well in Romans 2: 14-15:
“For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law.
“They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them…”
This hard-wiring of good and bad is built around six key points…what Haidt and his associates call “Moral Foundations.” They are:
- Care vs. Harm
- Fairness vs. Cheating
- Liberty vs. Oppression
- Loyalty vs. Betrayal
- Authority vs. Subversiveness
- Sanctity vs. Degradation
But Hegel’s insidious Postmodern descendents would turn this truth on it’s head…and the world would never be the same.
The Seal of Demise
The end of the Cold War gave Postmodern academics the opening they were looking for to sell their “no human nature” ideas.
Because If you didn’t need to worry about WWIII…atomic holocaust, nuclear winter, civilizational collapse…then why do you need human nature?
Why not just explore the boundless potential of the human spirit, free of the chains of war by the liberating life-force of material plenty?
It made sense at the time…a victory triumph for the Forces of Freedom (Richter 1-30). Who could argue against a celebration like that?
And so, Western Civilization accepted the Postmodern invitation…and in doing so, sealed its own demise.
Just how did they do it…and what ramifications would it have in your daily life?
Find out in our next article, “The Truth About Human Nature: Part 2”, coming soon!
And if you’d like to learn more about how the truth about human nature affects a Third World war zone, then check out Mind at War Chief Editor Richard Barrett’s book, “All Men Follow the Strongman: The Forgotten History of the Iraq War.”
Fukuyama, Francis. “The End of History?” The National Interest, no. 16, 1989, pp. 3-18. https://www.jstor.org/stable/24027184?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents.
Haidt, Jonathan. The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided By Politics and Religion. New York: Vintage, 2013.
“Home.” Moral Foundations.org, 30 Jan. 2016. https://moralfoundations.org/.
Levin, Mark R. Rediscovering Americanism and the Tyranny of Progressivism. New York: Simon and Schuster, Inc., 2017.
“Publication Search.” Moral Foundations.org. 2018. https://www.moralfoundations.org/publications.
Richter, David H. Falling into Theory: Conflicting Views on Reading Literature. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2000.
Scruton, Sir Roger. “The Trouble with Islam, the European Union–and Francis Fukuyama.” Open Democracy.net. 31 May 2006. https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/trouble_3605jsp/.
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