Laments of a philosophical pessimist. Notes on society, politics, and culture.
Saturday, April 14, 2012
What is a Philosophical Id?
A philosophical id is the part of the philosopher's psyche that powerfully manifests its indignation towards falsity, stupidity, dogma, duplicity, deception, and all human idiocy, expressed in a harsh and unvarnished fashion, leaving behind all sober, evenhanded decorum. A philosophical id attacks the disingenuine, the fool, the willfully ignorant, and the deliberately simpleminded without pause or quarter, because sometimes--all too often, in fact--reason by itself is not equal to the task at hand, especially when employed with cloying irony. A philosophical id understands this; it still uses reason, but not in the way of the typical lover of wisdom. It is not interested in seduction, but rather destruction--the destruction of those who blithely profane the true and the good. Thus, a philosophical id is embittered and resentful, and it wields reason to cut, to burn, to bruise. In a word, a philosophical id wants to once again make stupidity something shameful. In times like the present, is there any work more noble?