King Saul and David (1 Samuel 18)
Recall that we’re exploring the issue of narcissism as it relates to outrage over this passage.
27 David took his men with him and went out and killed two hundred Philistines and brought back their foreskins. They counted out the full number to the king
The Delusion Behind Narcissism
I’d like to ask those who believe that they live at (or even near) the pinnacle of human morality to take a leap of imagination. Imagine if you dare, that it is 50, 100, 200 years from now. Over this time events have occurred that were unforeseeable from today’s available information. New generations of humanity have experienced economic challenge, social change, armed conflict, religious transformations and personal trauma.
Thus, these future people, who have no connection with or allegiance to you, occupy the social commanding heights. They therefore may well independently assess the policies that you pursued, the opinions that you voiced, the ways that you lived and the real world consequences that flowed from them all. Do you really believe that they will certainly conclude that yes, your generation did indeed occupy the pinnacle of human morality!
Or, might these future generations look upon you like you look upon David or our founding fathers, or any of the other past and present humans that you so contemptuously judge as evil and moronic? Let me explain why you might be wise to learn a little humility.
There is already a very large number of people (women and men, including me) who consider abortion to be the outright killing of another human being. If you test the DNA of a brand new fetus it won’t come back as a salamander or tomato, but as human. With the advancement of ultrasound technology parents are seeing at an early stage of development that the fetus is a tiny human being. And, since Roe v. Wade, approximately 59 million of these human beings have been killed in the United States.
There’s also, for Christians, the unavoidable fact that God sees the fetus as a valued, beloved human of His creation (Psalm 139).
13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
And yet today’s Progressive elite considers abortion to be their ideology’s “holy of holies.” Thus, all aspects of abortion on demand are enabled, supported and protected with unmitigated fierceness.
Therefore the powers that be ensured that the sickening, murderous (of grown women and their babies) activities of a psychopath like Dr. Kermit Gosnell were allowed to go on for years, and then be utterly ignored when they finally come to light. Although the 200 foreskins acquired by David in open warfare is roundly condemned, Gosnell’s collection of jared baby feet is demurely uncommented upon.
Or take the case of Planned Parenthood’s practice of selling aborted baby parts. Yes, the legions of like-minded reporters, editors, celebrities and politicians will keep alive the fairy tale that these admissions from the mouths of Planned Parenthood executives were the product of falsification through editing. However, anyone who has the interest to check will find clearly uncut videos covering tens of minutes in which these Planned Parenthood leaders speak without the slightest shame about doing these horrors.
But that’s not the end of it by a long shot. Perhaps our elites should consider the implications of their beloved “disparate effect” theory of racial discrimination. By this theory, if any statistical deviation between a race’s proportion of the population and any measure of social benefit can be found then the prima facie explanation is the existence of racial discrimination.
But what if we look at abortion rates through this lens? The undisputed fact is that black babies are aborted at almost five-times the rate as are white babies.
Given all of the above, what if, say 50 years from now, an entirely new group controls our media who have no interest in protecting the institution of abortion on demand? Perhaps there have been such massive civilizational changes that a completely new set of issues has top priority. Might not these media gate-keepers take a critical view of those who so enthusiastically enabled and protected abortion on demand? Might not black scholars and reporters begin to ask just why the elites of the early 2000’s made such stinks about university admission rates but covered up abortion rates?
Perhaps, in shock and disgust at this sordid behavior, portraits will be taken down, building names will be changed and past champions of virtue will be converted into current examples of the evil past.
Just some food for thought.
I have already made a comprehensive case concerning the support of our elites for genocidal totalitarian ideologies (see here for a summary). At some future time the flimsy excuse of “good intentions” may have been so throughly discredited that the general public takes notice of the enablers, supporters and “useful idiots” who ensured that these ideologies were free to wreck havoc on humanity for far longer than should have been the case.
They might point to the current economic and social collapse of socialist Venezuela into wanton violence as a “red flag” that should have, finally, cured the Progressive elites of their fantasies. But, the fact that they continued to soldier on in behalf of this murderous, failed ideology may someday count against them. After all, covering up for tens of millions of corpses and hundreds of millions of ruined lives can be unsustainable in the long run.
The Welfare State
After abortion on demand, the current institution with the most support from our Progressive elite class is the welfare state. It has, over the generations, grown into an interlocking complex of governmental programs (with the associated army of bureaucrats), non-profit organizations, political parties, religious denominations and community organizers that is all focused on one thing: continuance of the welfare state exactly as it is.
But, future generations, after having possibly experienced a financial catastrophe brought on by unsustainable government spending (certainly not just on the welfare state) might look back on these programs with a more critical eye than is today allowed. For example, they may look at the nearby graph, on which is plotted the national poverty rate and total anti-poverty spending, and be appalled. Note also that the 1964 start of “the war on poverty” is shown. There are three characteristics of this figure that is of primary relevance, those being:
- The poverty rate was already falling quickly for at least 15 years prior to the start of “the war on poverty”
- The slope of the decline of poverty was not increased by the “war” (i.e., the new anti-poverty spending didn’t significantly improve an already occurring process)
- Since 1970, there has been no appreciable change in the poverty rate despite trillions of dollars spent by the “best and brightest,” “morally superior” poverty industrial complex.
This discussion hasn’t yet included the human and social wreckage wrought by the Welfare State, where entire communities descended into generations of broken families, hopelessness, violence, addiction, and yes, poverty.
One would have thought that our moral betters would have been so appalled by this situation that a massive effort at reformation and renewal would have been pursued.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Rather, the poverty industrial complex has been on a unending campaign to prevent any reform and to expand failed policies to new areas of our society.
What if, after a couple more generations of soul crushing hopelessness the supposed beneficiaries of the Welfare State reject both the policies and motivations of the Progressive Left (or perhaps it’s already beginning)? Or, what if the response is massive civil unrest and violence? Might not those who today appear to be unassailably moral tomorrow be seen as incompetent fools or heartless hypocrites, or worse?
Isn’t it also possible that the consequences of these decisions will be reappraised in a negative light by the general population? After all, the money borrowed by the government to fund these and many other ineffective, unsustainable programs are nothing other than promises that future generations will pay for our present excesses. Regardless of if you are upper middle class or poor in the future, the weight of that massive debt will constrain (or destroy) economic opportunity.
The only hope may be for the Progressive Left to continue blocking education reform to the point that no-one in the future knows how to count.
I know that you too can play this game against me (actually, you have been all my life). The difference is that I already know that, as a sinner, my thoughts and actions, despite my best attempts, will fall tragically short of moral perfection. And, since I know this about myself I understand that it’s essential that my ideas be subjected to critical appraisal for anything approaching “the good” to emerge.
Without the constitutional right of free speech there’s no hope that all ideas will be subjected to this essential process. I guess that’s the reason that it so terrifies our supposed moral and intellectual “betters.”
For there is nothing so frightening to a narcissist than the possibility that their presumed perfection will be exposed as a folly and fraud. There is simply no length to which they will go, including shameless physical violence, to repulse that threat. Yes, narcissism permeates every crevice of our society. But its demons have found a particularly hospitable home in the radical Progressive Left. Most people today are too intimidated to say this out loud, but in the future that protective cloak may have dissipated to the point that the full force of judgement may be applied.
Perhaps you condemners of David, our Founding Fathers and all the rest of us “deplorables” should begin the painful process of climbing down from your false presumptions of superiority. Then we can once again begin to address together those intractable issues that so bedevil this fallen world.