This week (Oct 22, 2009) some London City Councilors have suggested that the city turn off its street lights completely so that that the birds and the trees can get their rest. Yes, not the birds and the bees but the birds and the trees. This dark skies lunacy is just another innovative way that the meddlers have found find to make our lives just that more miserable.
All of this over-regulation, banning, and health scares have something in common and what they have in common is hatred.
About 50 years ago Ayn Rand identified exactly what motivates these people. She called it “hatred of the good for being the good.”
The following is from an article called The Age of Envy, in
Return of the Primitive: The Anti-Industrial Revolution, by Ayn Rand.
“Today, we live in the Age of Envy.
“Envy is regarded by most people as a petty, superficial emotion and, therefore, it serves as a semihuman cover for so inhuman an emotion that those who feel it seldom dare admit it even to themselves . . . . That emotion is: hatred of the good for being the good.
“This hatred is not resentment against some prescribed view of the good with which one does not agree . . . . Hatred of the good for being the good means hatred of that which one regards as good by one’s own (conscious or subconscious) judgment. It means hatred of a person for possessing a value or virtue one regards as desirable.
“If a child wants to get good grades in school, but is unable or unwilling to achieve them and begins to hate the children who do, that is hatred of the good. If a man regards intelligence as a value, but is troubled by self-doubt and begins to hate the men he judges to be intelligent, that is hatred of the good.
“The nature of the particular values a man chooses to hold is not the primary factor in this issue (although irrational values may contribute a great deal to the formation of that emotion). The primary factor and distinguishing characteristic is an emotional mechanism set in reverse: a response of hatred, not toward human vices, but toward human virtues.
“To be exact, the emotional mechanism is not set in reverse, but is set one way: its exponents do not experience love for evil men; their emotional range is limited to hatred or indifference. It is impossible to experience love, which is a response to values, when one’s automatized response to values is hatred.”
This quote is from later in the same article:
“What is the nature of a creature in which the sight of a value arouses hatred and the desire to destroy? In the most profound sense of the term, such a creature is a killer, not a physical, but a metaphysical one—it is not an enemy of your values, but of all values, it is an enemy of anything that enables men to survive, it is an enemy of life AS SUCH and of everything living.”
And the last quote I have is from Galt’s Speech in Atlas Shrugged.
“They do not want to OWN your fortune, they want you to LOSE it; THEY do not want to SUCCEED, they want YOU to FAIL; they do not want to live, they want YOU to die; they desire nothing, they hate existence, and they keep running, each trying not to learn that the object of his hatred is himself . . . . They are the essence of evil, they, those anti-living objects who seek, by devouring the world, to fill the selfless zero of their soul. It is not your WEALTH that they’re after. Theirs is a conspiracy against the MIND, which means: against life and man.”
Man’s means of survival is an unfettered mind working in a free society. Man creates a light bulb – then someone tells him to turn it off. Man creates items of convenience – then someone tells him that his items of convenience are destroying the insects or the rocks or the trees. Man creates luxury and is then made to feel guilty about it because it goes beyond mere survival.
Name something man-made and you will always find someone like a politician or pseudo-intellectual who will try to make you feel guilty about using it.
Take your clothes…made with slave labour in China.
Your bottle of water…filling up our landfills.
Your cell phone…gives you brain tumors.
Your car…pollutes the air.
Your house…not energy efficient enough.
Your food…makes you fat or gives you cancer.
Your entertainment, whether television, movies or video games…promotes violence or objectifies women.
Your self and your children…overpopulation.
The list is endless. You name it and they will find a reason to destroy it. You value it and they will hate it.
We have on London City Council, and in Queen’s park and in Ottawa a great tribe of people who hate technology, convenience, luxury, even survival itself. The reason they hate these things is that they really just hate themselves.
(Originally broadcast on Just Right October 22nd, 2009 (Show #125). To download the show visit //www.justrightmedia.org)