Examining Ideology

This is an unfinished assesment of the concept of ideology, do not hesitate to provide your thoughts on what has been written so far,

It seems Ideologies can be reasonably considered as belief systems assembled on incomplete interpretations of reality. For example, the way in which we conceptualize the natural state of man can make us more predisposed to becoming possessed by certain political ideologies.

If we entertain the notion, like the philosopher Rousseau did, that man in his natural state is intrinsically good, then we have neglected to sufficiently apprehend reality. Why? Because man also has a terrifying capacity for evil, which is not only exhibited (as some believe) in reaction to the tyrannical aspect of society’s institutions, but all too frequently as a consequence of individual irresponsibility.

The potent and intellectually attractive element in ideology is found in its ability to impress upon those it possesses a sense of completeness in their interpretation of what exists. This, however, is simply an illusory feature. Ideology subtly conditions its victims to habitually disregard segments of reality that expose its inherent incompleteness.

Dylan Shetler is a freelancing self-taught writer and Christian apologist. He owns and operates his personal blog The Onlookers Publication: onlookers.news. You can follow him on Twitter @shetler_dylan

13 Comments

  1. Wonderful post and thoughts.
    Again, you are quite the talented writer and I love your wide-spanned vocabulary.
    Anyways. I do agree with you. And I wish more people would, as well.
    Our culture is all about man being inherently good and “following your heart” and the idea that someday, a utopia society could really, truly happen.
    And so many people believe this, simply because (1). They don’t want to accept that they are just as bad as a murderer and (2). They know if they do accept that they are inherently sinful, that they will have to rely on Something bigger than themselves.
    Hence, the dillusioned state of our society.
    Anyways. There’s my rambling, rant for you. Great post. Keep up the good work. I shall continue to read.
    -Keziah

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    1. Utopia is a non-existent place that people who lack individual responsibility have childishly imagined will someday manifest when societies institutions and governments are perfected and all their existential problems suddenly disappear. It’s a pipe dream.

      Anyway,

      Thanks for the food for thought! I will be paying close attention for your future posts.

      God bless,

      -Dylan

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      1. Late reply : I thought It was a disappointing debate. I overestimated the quality of Trump’s performance beforehand. While Biden just stuck to his preconfigured rhetoric, attempting to smear Trump as one who embodies evil himself.

        I just chewed my tongue. Hopefully the next one will be more sane.

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  2. It’s excellent you point out how being consumed by an ideology gives us tunnel vision. Resulting in a skewed perception of reality. The balance generally exist between the factions. Entrenching ourselves in either side of the dichotomy only provides half the story.

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    1. The balance is obtained when one recognizes both sides of the coin on each of the most crucial fundamental questions. After all, political ideologies are predicated on much deeper ideas. I gave the example that man was thought “intrinsically good” according to Rousseau. If this notion is accepted as true then a variety of partly erroneous conclusions can be drawn from it. However if you mix Rousseau’s notion of mans “intrinsic goodness”, with say, Hobbes’ of mans “cruelty”, then you gain a more complete understanding of reality. Its troublesome when ideologies only take into account certain aspects of reality while discarding others, this is what creates the seemingly never ending cycle of partisan politics in our nation.

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  3. Yes, I can agree with that point. If a worldview / philosophy/ ideology cherry-picks fragments of reality that are congenial to their perspective, this is problematic. I would go one step further and express that ideologue blithely rejecting inconvenient facts is how we arrive at bad policies. Not to mention much of the dishonesty that plagues politics.

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  4. Great point. Now I just need to think a little harder with regards to how people arrive at judging certain aspects of reality “inconvenient.” I would say that it is a phycological precondition of some sort. Carl Jung has some interesting literature on ideology, which he considers to be a kind of outgrowth or consequence of ones unreliable fundamental beliefs. Anyway, I will be putting some more content out on this subject very soon.

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      1. Definitely! I just read one of his later essays from “The Undiscovered Self” in which he argues the importance of belief in a transcendent authority for the maintenance of a free and individualistic society. Mirroring to an extent, but in his modern understanding, the ideas essential to the foundation of the West. Anyway, check it out if you want.

        -Dylan

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