Thursday, December 22, 2016

The Intellectual Virtues are More Important than the Moral Virtues

The church fathers, such as Thomas Aquinas, put the intellectual virtues above the moral virtues - including chastity (which is not the same thing as celibacy). These were smart men and they had a lot of experience with human nature (which is why Donald Trump's comment about "grab her by the pussy" is merely adolescent bad taste and nothing else).

My experience has confirmed their observations. Think of the old saying, "The road to hell is paved with good intentions." Most of the "evil" in the world is not done by actual malice, but by those with good intentions gone awry.

Those who do things for "moral" reasons generally are self-righteous, and those who are self-righteous always think they are right. That means they think those who disagree with them are always wrong. Sometimes that means they believe you can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs, which include people's lives.

Thomas Sowell once wrote a book called, The Vision of the Anointed. His thesis was that those who think they are anointed think they are so intellectually and morally superior to the unwashed masses to they think this gives them the right to rule them and move them around like chess pieces. But more than anything else, they think they are more moral than everyone else.

In reality they are neither smarter nor more "moral" than anyone else. These days these people are called "leftists." Such people lack humility, which more than anything else means knowing your limitations.

People who don't know their limitations suffer from Hubris, or Pride, or what Russell Kirk called "the Monstrous Self." Call it what you want, but it is the worst sin of all and is the basis of all the rest such as envy, greed and gluttony. At their worst they end up as Pol Pot or Stalin or Hitler, all of whom were intellectual mediocrities but thought they were more moral than everyone else.

All of them were authoritarians but lacked true authority.

Because these people think they are "godless self-gods" they usually are atheists and in fact hate religion and would like to eradicate it (think of Barak Obama claiming the unwashed masses are "clinging to their guns and religion" - and he meant the inbred hillbilly Nazis in Flyover Land).

Does anyone really believe that Hillary Clinton or Barak Obama or either Bushes are smarter than they are? It really is true - anyone can be President. No matter how ignorant and stupid and destructive.

Martin Luther once called the world "the Devil's Inn" and the Bible clearly states this world is ruled by Satan, who is always walking to and fro up and down in the world and obviously having a damned good time doing it.


Unknown said...

Bob never listen to leftists. When they're not lying, they're making shit up. They're not "moral". There whole agenda is to undermine morality. Their feeble attempts to gain the moral high ground is just a ploy. Their ridiculous fake moralism of equality and racism might as well be a jungle prayer to a moon god.
On the other hand, trying to be gentlemanly and be Christian is how the South lost Lincoln's War of Aggression. Dirty bastards cheat, and lying is a way of life to them. Being Christian when you're dealing with a den of vipers is as crazy as those lunatic snake handlers who say they find the Lord by caressing poisonous rattlesnakes.
Beating them at their own game means ignoring their fake rules and shifting goalposts and finding their weak spots to kick them, especially when they're down. Trump has shown what you should have been doing. Telling them to kiss his ass, and not caring about their fake outrage.
Mitt Romney and his milquetoast above board niceties got him beat down by a fat cow and an idiot. Its sad to see anyone being nice to these ingrates and venal savages. Kindness and charity you should use for your own. Christian charity is wasted on heretics and moon cults. Its like handing pearls to swine.

Anonymous said...

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves and traitors are not victims... but accomplices.”
-George Orwell.

Anonymous said...

Yep, words of wisdom. It's a shame that the world focuses so much on carnal sins that we often miss the huge and glaring intellectual ones. Compassion can actually kill, or what we think is "compassion" anyway. Sometimes we can care so, so much, but it's really just all about us. Obamacare comes to mind. Let's make sure everybody has fining them when they can't afford it and forcing them to buy insurance that doesn't cover anything.

Unknown said...

And He (Jesus) also told this parable to some people who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and viewed others with contempt: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and was praying this to himself: ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other people: swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I pay tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, ‘God, be [a]merciful to me, the sinner!’ I tell you, this man went to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Luke 18: 9-14

Unknown said...

'It's a shame that the world focuses so much on carnal sins that we often miss the huge and glaring intellectual ones.'

Often times those carnal sins are the gateway to the glaring intellectual ones. Or another way to put it is, they put the blinders on people to be able to see the bigger glaring ones. There's a reason why Jesus said the pure of heart see God.

How often has Bob said politicians are addicted to sex and drugs (along with power)? Is it any wonder they are so out of touch when they start diving into intellectual discussion.

APL said...

"which is why Donald Trump's comment about "grab her by the pussy" is merely adolescent bad taste and nothing else"

Even you have selectively misquoted Trump. The correct quote, "They will let you grab them by the pussy", I know why the MSM did this, because it clearly shows consent on the woman's part ( snigger), and thus doesn't fit the narrative; non consensual forced sexual relations. The full quote can't be used to portray Trump as a sexual predator. Why you are copying the MSM, is beyond me.

Anonymous said...

If the "grab her" thingy is the worst dirt the media could come up with on Trump, I'll take Trump over that corrupt, evil, degenerate monster called Hillary Clinton anyday.

Quartermain said...


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, Bob and the lurkers of the treehouse.