Unlearning

Generalizations make abstractions attractive. Each generalization is a simplification. It is easily absorbed as it does not require examination but only interpretation. Grasping an abstraction is relatively effortless because it does not necessitate gaining new information but merely filtering the known available data. Assimilation of an abstract concept is rather a process of unlearning than of learning. Abstract reasoning simulates comprehension without giving factual knowledge. It is an interpretation of preselected facts that shows the world from a certain angle.

Another reason for the attractiveness of abstract notions is their ambiguity. An abstract idea lacks concrete details necessary for the common sense to judge it. This makes it elusive, mysterious and uncriticizable. It hypnotises the good judgment with its universality while its plasticity gives the sense of freedom. Abstractions are easily-digestible and captivating. They lure the common sense with simplification and ease, and mesmerize it with unrepresentativeness and universality.

The worshippers of the abstract gods of Abrahamic religions have grown amenable to super-abstract theories. By all appearances circumcision has greatly contributed to this because it facilitates abstract reasoning. The psychological effects of circumcision both increase the production of abstractions and the receptivity of the public to them. They divert the mind from concrete reasoning. In the long-term they have disposed large masses of humanity to piety, abstract reasoning, monotheism and unrepresentative concepts.

Oversimplification is unprincipledness

Abstract reasoning operates at perceptional level and is manipulative. It reorganizes the idea of reality inside one’s mind. It arrogantly demands that the world adapts to the thinker.

Abstraction is a device of wishful thinking because it externalizes intentions and guesses. It may appear unselfish because it objectives are intangible. For the same reason, however, it is uncriticizable and can be arrogant and dogmatic. Idealism is the human way for social climbing that aptly disguises as altruism. It is good for entertainment and mental exercise. Taken too seriously, however, it drags one into utopianism.

Abstract reasoning does not require real adaptive actions and disposes to conservatism and indolence. It is a daydreaming that pretends to be super-rational. By promising everything for nothing it heartens spiritual voracity. Its easy ways are an addictive escape mechanism.

The greater the abstraction the more attractive and powerful it is. A clever idealism is more dangerous than stupidity because it has power over it and easily manipulates it. Abstraction stupefies and helps maintain ignorance.

Dissatisfaction craves satisfaction and is receptive to fast and simple resolutions. It encourages conceptual reasoning. Abstractions that employ great simplifications and promise satisfaction are contagious. A bright ideal objectifying an urgent or total gratification is the most insidious form of abstraction as it finds small resistance in penetrating average minds and in alluring dissatisfied souls.

Oversimplification is unprincipledness. But this is inessential to those who have been pampered by it. Overgeneralization is irresponsibility. Abstract reasoning relates to faith. Like the faith of the believer, the concentration of the abstract thinker is inattention. But usually they are too distracted to notice this.

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