“The ideological energy this doctrine was able to generate was immense, it was Christian energy redirected towards purely secular and utopian ends. First of all, it satisfied the individual’s appetite for self-glorification, while telling him also that he was working for the non-distant goal of an Ideal Society. In the second place, the doctrine made light of human nature, which was felt as a shackle; the human material was now conceived as infinitely shapeable, perfectible. Hence, thirdly, in the resulting flux nothing could be any more dismissed or forbidden as ‘immoral,’ ‘absurd,’ ‘contrary to human nature,’ ‘detrimental to social stability,’ or simply as ‘untrue,’ because every instant is pregnant with the ‘new world’ in which old rules and norms have lost their validity, pregnant with a more ideal state of society, a more ‘human’ man. The supreme task becomes going beyond the existing situation by welcoming, in every field of activity, the unusual, the paradoxical, the bizarre.”
▪ Thomas Molnar, The Counter-Revolution (Funk & Wagnalls, 1969) extract from pages 127 through to 128.
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