Wisdom is about making distinctions.
The great medieval Jewish commentator on the Bible, Rashi wrote (in his comments to Leviticus 11:47) that it is not sufficient to have great knowledge of our moral precepts. Instead, the Torah requires us to be able to make distinctions between the pure and the impure. Between right and wrong. Rashi continues that it is not sufficient to be able to be able to make these distinctions only in the obvious cases. Instead, one must also be able to distinguish in those cases in which the difference between purity and impurity is as fine as a hairsbreadth.
That is the nature of wisdom.
The Left is at war with wisdom.
Why is this?
Well, it all goes back to Jean Jacques Rousseau. It was he, with his idea of the “noble savage” who began to popularize the idea that there is no meaningful distinction between the civilized and the barbarous.
John Derbyshire writes:
One response to the difficulty of pinning down where civilization ends and barbarism begins has simply been to deny the difference altogether, or even to elevate the barbarian (spontaneous! spiritual! in touch with nature!) over the civilized person (repressed! materialistic! heartless!) This has been a typically modern project, launched by the odious Jean-Jacques Rousseau 250 years ago. Rousseau’s “noble savage” concept is now an ineradicable part of our culture, and forms one of the underpinnings of the modern cult of political correctness.
(Similar modern projects have attempted to deny the existence of other key polarities in human nature and society. The difference between the sane and the mad, for example, was flatly denied by Scottish psychologist R.D. Laing, who argued that it was in fact schizophrenics who had the more correct view of the world, while the rest of us are demented. Relativistic morality and “root causes” sociology have tried the same trick with the difference between the criminal and the law-abiding. The Unholy Trinity of enemies of normal human life — barbarism, madness, and crime — have thus been “normalized,” at any rate to the satisfaction of key cliques of influential thinkers.)
We can easily see how, in their work of 250 years, the Left has succeeded in blurring the distinctions in the areas of barbarism, madness and crime. We can see how wisdom in these areas has been corroded.
The results have not been pretty. Terrorism is tolerated among the Left. Crime is tolerated among the Left (as long is it’s not happening to certain people). Leftist ideologues convinced governments to release the inmates of our mental hospitals onto our streets, filling them with the homeless.
The sexual revolution heralded the Left’s victory in the area of human sexuality. The results there were also less than pretty.
And now they have their sights set on marriage.