A great deal of what we know in the Modern West is false and evil.
A great deal of our “common sense” is actually propaganda and mind-games. A great deal of our motivation has been socially and by the mass media inculcated artificially and with malign intent.
Another way of thinking of un-learning is that modern people like us believe that many sins are virtues and virtues are sins; that is, our values are inverted; and we need to unlearn this inversion.
What this points-at is that our un-learning is mostly about basic assumptions rather than “empirical” facts: we need to unlearn our deep, false and evil metaphysics rather than surface ideologies and religions.
So if you are puzzled today about what you are supposed to be learning from your actual and present life; it might be worth considering that it is probably more likely your basic assumptions need to be un-learned.
In a number of recent posts, I’ve been discussing blankslatism, the belief that all people are inherently equal and that any and all differences in outcomes is due to environmental differences. To the blankslatist, any differences in ability are caused by external factors, such as so-called systemic racism.
Blankslatism is, by far, the most commonly held modern belief in the West. It is nearly universal “common sense.” Virtually everyone you know, including those you think of as the most bible-minded, likely embraces this metaphysical assumption wholeheartedly. Even most people in the manosphere believe this.
Only a percent or two of the population believe that people do not have inherent equality in their traits and outcomes, that is, they explicitly believe that not everyone has the same potential. Those who believe this are generally ostracized for expressing the view. For example, anyone who believes that genetics are responsible for learning ability is a racist, white supremacist, nazi who must (in their mind) necessarily mean that differences in intelligence implies superiority and inferiority.
Blankslatism is utterly an utterly false metaphysical assumption. It is not based on empirical facts.
It is hard to express exactly how negatively impactful blankslatism is. If you see it, it is everywhere and you don’t need it explained. But if you can’t see what is plainly obvious, what can be said?
Your kids at school are taught a certain way because it is assumed that everyone should have equal outcomes because they the inputs (your children’s minds) are equal. It doesn’t matter if your kids go to a public or private school, whether secular or Christian.
But, kids are not all equal and do not all have the same potential. This is why academic standards have fallen so steeply. The only way that the inputs can produce equal outcomes is if the standards are lowered. And this is precisely what has been happening. Colleges no longer require SAT and ACT scores, and they are discriminating against higher scoring candidates in favor of diverse lower scoring candidates. They are loud and proud about doing so!
It’s not just in schools. Blankslatism has resulted in reduced standards in every facet of life. The social pressure to reduce standards and merit in the name of diversity is extremely powerful. Consider how difficult it is to fire a union worker for incompetence. When Elon Musk purchased Twitter, he immediately fired three out of four employees, resulting in outrage. And yet, the vast majority of those employees were purely dead weight. Who else is willing to stand up and do such a thing? Your local School District Board isn’t going to do it, nor are your hospitals, airlines, and government regulatory offices (e.g. department of health).
Blankslatism implies that all unequal outcomes are the result of external forces (“being held back by racism”; “handed to you by white privilege”). It is the logical consequence of the bureaucratic mindset that has infected all of society, where procedure and consensus (“box checking”) have completely replaced individual authority and responsibility. Nobody-in-particular is at fault for anything. Equality of outcome is expected, so any deviation from this must be caused by outside evil people who are forcing inequality on what would otherwise be equal by default.
So, if a child underperforms in school, it isn’t because of anything inherent about them. Nor is it the fault of the teachers who teach them, or the schools that fail them. It isn’t the fault of parents for not being around or attentive. It’s always the fault of poorly defined external forces, such as racism and discrimination.
The manosphere often complains that pastors and elders do not discipline wayward (i.e. divorcing or unfaithful) wives. But the reason is not precisely and directly due to a lack of faith per se, but due to blankslatism and bureaucracy (two primary examples of what Charlton calls virtue inversion). For a wife to divorce or be unfaithful is an unequal outcome to which she can not possibly be at fault. There must be some external force responsible—whether “the patriarchy,” her husband, or simply that her marriage—the systemic oppression—prevents her from self-actualizing and “finding herself.”
To unlearn blankslatism, you must reject the metaphysical assumptions upon which it is based: that all men have equal potential and that an equal outcome is the only morally correct outcome. This is a pure inversion, for all men have unequal potential, and unequal outcomes are a certainty of life.