A New Category of Suberroneous

“If there is no absolute standard of morality, then anything goes, including the worst forms of absolutism. If biblical absolutes are figments of our own minds then the first thing we could do, if we wanted to be consistent, would be to hang all the relativists and burn all their houses. Of course, trying to be consistent like this is inconsistent, which, in an odd sort of way, makes it consistent again. It is kind of like looking at that endless series of the back of your head in the opposing mirrors at the barber shop. Ethical relativism is not just wrong; it is incoherent.”

The Cultural Mind, p. 85

Compensatory Crusades

“The platitudes of the reassuring and accepting therapist are no longer adequate. The reservoir of guilt in a society is too great, and the words are too small. Nothing will do but a great crusade to rid the world of the ‘real’ evil, which will be, each in their turn, polluters trashing the planet, women being denied their rights, and so forth. These crusades are nothing other than great causes invented to give moral order and purpose to people who have previously affirmed that there is no such thing as morality.”

The Cultural Mind, p. 65