Noble Lies and the Superman
November 15, 2007 § 27 Comments
With respect to the Zero Group Differences mythology discussed in a post by my colleague Maximos at What’s Wrong with the World, a commenter observes:
Essentially, a “noble lie” (Zero Group Differences) has been constructed to counter an ignoble one (ateleological reductionism), in order to prevent the horrific consequences that would follow from people accepting the latter on its own en masse.
The core of advanced liberal mythology involves a concept of the free and equal superman, emancipated from history and self-created through reason and will. Because this is an utterly inhuman anti-anthropology, though, it implicitly entails the existence of the untermensch, the less-than-human oppressor who through his actions or perhaps his mere existence (think of an unborn child) stands in the way of the full emergence of the free and equal new man. As an impediment to the emancipated equality of the superman, the untermensch is himself not a full member of the human race.
So my understanding of the strength of the “zero group differences” mythology in the face of what has always been massive evidence against is this: that implicitly everyone understands that it is the only thing standing between the advanced liberal superman and the nazi.
(Cross-posted in slightly edited form at What’s Wrong with the World)