Abstract knowledge removes us from reality. It offers beliefs rather than objective knowledge. The highly abstract concepts always bear the nuance of a monotheistic religion. They are unobjectionable in their own frames. They are unbeatable on the unrepresentative grounds fabricated by them. Their general categories are above facts. Their dogmatism authorizes them while their symbolism mystifies the public. The simplification makes their principles persuasive while the ambiguity makes them all-embracing. The overgeneralizations appear universal, unquestionable and convincing. They are often worshiped as impalpable omnipresent gods. The abstract doctrines have a truly theological makeup.
Marx’s historical materialism, Freudian psychology and Einstein’s relativities have a philosophical and theological character. The invincible potential of production relations for directing history in Marxist ideology resembles the irresistible power of the sexual instincts to shape the mind in Freudian psychology as well as the fundamental ability of the omnipotent probability to determine reality in quantum physics. And the irrefutability of these cerebral concepts copies the supreme will of the invisible abstract almighty inhabiting Abrahamic religions.
Marx equalized happiness with material plenty, Freud – with sexual satisfaction, Abrahamics – with both of them, while Einstein similarly to monotheistic theology associated happiness with pure knowledge. All of these philosophies oversimplify and strip particulars of reality and then try to simulate a new one.
That which religion, Marxism, Freudianism and Einsteinism have in common is their sweeping generalizations, high level of abstraction and symbolism, oversimplified black and white views, ignorance of basic facts and their replacement with ideal categories or physical constants, ambiguity, relativity, experimental unverifiability, indisputability, utopianism and dogmatism. The rate of abstraction and generalization increases from historical materialism to relativities where a total ambiguity is achieved. The concepts lose concreteness and pragmatism, take away from reality and increasingly resemble theology.
All of these abstract doctrines are short of realism and falsify the perception of reality in immodest proportion. By ignoring particularities they suppress individuality and encourage conformity. They rally people around their utopias and subordinate them. They remove personal responsibility and make people dependable on their all-inclusive, yet still indistinct ideals.
Alluring with unrealistic ideals abstract doctrines incline to a bold jump into the future without regard of reality. This impatient idealization has a neurotic character and of course its practical results are disastrous. This is most evident in Marxism while the impenetrable semi-theological theory shields psychoanalysis and physics.
Out Of My Later Years, 1950
The isms seem to have truly theological and totalitarian nature. They exhibit the signs typical of a sexuality and individuality repressive monotheistic religion. They replace sensitivity with duty and pacify uncertainty with safety or probability in numbers. They seem to be the modern reincarnations of the ancient abstract and desensitising Abrahamic deity. They ring in our ears as pseudonyms of the Chief Sheppard.
The isms tend to replace facts and sensations with beliefs, abstract principles or constants. They correct the arising discrepancy between intuitive and inferential cognition by altering the perception of reality. They achieve this by filling the resultant emotional gaps with metaphors and moral. Notice that the main aspects of the long-term mental effects of circumcision being erotic obsessions with the unavailable are perfectly fit to be dominant motifs of these doctrines.
|Correspondence between the circumcision-induced obsession with the impalpable and the essential features of the widespread isms|
|doctrine||abstract monotheism||Marxism: historical materialism||Freudianism: sex-driven psychology||Einsteinism: relativity theories||Isms in common|
|central obsession with what is||imperceptible, afterlife||financially unobtainable||sexually unattainable||physically indefinable||insufficient, deficient, dissatisfied|
|idolizes||invisible almighty, salvation, faith||communal ownership||sexuality, Eros||physical uncertainty and independence||compensations for the deficiency|
|demonizes||ungodliness||economic oppression, greed||sexual gratification, sex-lust||certainty and concreteness||the frustrated sensitivity|
|related circumcision effects||sense of emotional inadequacy||sense of material shortage||sense of erotic deficiency||sense of abstract uncertainty||emotional dissatisfaction and insecurity|
Nowadays the Saviour is even more omnipresent than in ancient times. The Father of Circumcision has adopted many alternative names. His commandments have grown in number and have taken modern shapes. His crown of glory shines brighter than ever especially regarding the invisible spectrum.
The built-in error of abstract theories increases with the rate of generalizations they make. The metaphorical answers that they suggest become increasingly incorrect. Their theological component gains power too. Both the simplification that abstract doctrines offer and the religious deposition of the public contribute to their popularization. The attractiveness of abstractions reveals some kind of chronic deficiency exists in humans.