Leftist, we need to have a conversation about mental health.


When I was young, a kindly adult told me this about someone we both observed having a mental health moment in public: “Crazy is when you see things that are not there.”

What is there? Physical reality, obviously, but that only tells part of the story. We know about natural law rules such as gravity, entropy, power laws, fibonacci sequences, standard distributions and the like. These unnerve us because they imply an invisible order to reality which we cannot control. And yet, we benefit from their ordering of reality not in equal ways but in patterns that reward purposeful activity.

In contrast to this, there is the Leftist should. People should be equal. They should be the same. They should all obey the ideology of equality. We should all get along. And so on…

Has anyone stopped to think that “should” is in total conflict with “is”? That perhaps the Leftist ideal of proclaiming what needs to be, based on human preference alone, is insanity?

If you were not crazy before Leftism, it will make you so. It will deny the reality as it is, and replace it with a human unreality based on should. This is no different than children having imaginary friends, or schizophrenics hallucinating an order in which they individually are the key to the universe, or Jesus, or even God.

While all of us acknowledge what we would prefer reality to be, most of us normal healthy types temper it by what is achievable. This is not just what we can force on the world, but what we can force on the world that does not manifest negative long-term consequences, as illusion does. How does Leftism stack up?

The answer is that it speaks for the Ego. None of us wants to ever be poor, unequal and alone. But we cannot force this on the world; it is the province of things greater than us, from physics to genetics to logic itself. Instead we aim for what is achievable: reward the good, punish the bad, ignore the rest.

But the Ego hates this. What if I am the one who is poor, or beaten down, or sad? It asks. It projects itself into those who are in unfortunate circumstances, ignoring their own complicity in arriving at that state. Soon we are asking ourselves what we would do if we were meth-addicted single mothers with a criminal record. Through the paradox of projection, we have made our mental image of ourselves into something we would never be.

At this point, we have left sanity far behind. Possibility becomes what feels like reality, and reality — the consistent world in which we live — is far behind, buried under human emotions, judgments and feelings.

How can we leave sanity behind without feeling doubt? We are no longer in the world of what is possible, but what is possible in thought, a world of our own creation in our own minds. If we did not face mental health issues before, this path will lead us to them, most assuredly!

It is time we talked about the mental health of the Left. The Left, by its basis in what it desires and not what is true, leads people down the path of mental instability. Its ideas require denial of reality to seem real. This is not a route to health, but to the opposite.

Not coincidentally, many Leftists appear mentally ill, although mildly so. To them, wanting something makes it so, and most people are motivated by good, instead of the selfish short-term reasoning that is the norm. One cannot exist in both reality and this Leftist world. It will break the mind.

If Leftism requires insanity, or leads to it, it should not be considered on the same plane as reality-based narratives. Instead, it should take its place among fantasy books and pornographic films as wishful thinking. This type of thinking is distinguished by the fact that it cannot be real, and yet it appeals to the mind. The only error is in mistaking the mind for reality.

I admit I admire the motivations of the Left. They want everyone to be included, and every story to have a happy ending. Searching our souls, we find the same impulse. But the way to achieve these things is to accept reality first, and then to modify ourselves so that we fit reality, and can achieve the ending desired. Every great story consists of people giving up on Ego in favor of Reality so that a good ending could come about. None consist of people denying reality, and thus refusing the challenge of life itself, and a good ending happening anyway.

And so, I have to ask: if we take the motivations of the Left, but not their failed methods, what do we end up with? Conservatism: the desire to use the best methods for the most excellent (think Bill and Ted) results, even if that contradicts what our human Egos see as right. Is there a crossover? If so, it begins here, after discarding the mental unhealth of the Left.

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10 Responses to “Leftist, we need to have a conversation about mental health.”

  1. MeToo says:

    There is a book “The Psychotic Left” by Kerry Bolton.

  2. moe connoisseur says:

    I’m starting to think leftism is just a mistake made by people who had no means to know of the state of the world or the rules that govern it. In that situation they just picked (and some still keep picking) the most pleasant “truth” they notice. That is a problem of stupidity.

    It’s only sickly when a smart person does it. They have the ability to spin elaborate and extreme constructions to protect their comfort from cognitive dissonance. That is a problem of unmanliness.

    • In that situation they just picked (and some still keep picking) the most pleasant “truth” they notice.

      I agree. Most of them are looking for a way to feel good about the decline of our civilization, and have chosen rationalization instead of combat.

      • crow says:

        Rationality? You’re too kind. It’s more a display of “It’s not my fault! It’s YOURS!”

        • I should clarify: rationalization, or mentally excusing/justifying a bad result and backward reasoning into thinking it was what they wanted all along, as opposed to rationality, sometimes used as a synonym for reason.

          But also, you and I agree on the dangers of rationality. If anything, I am an irrationalist; life does not fit laboratory conditions, as you well know.

          But yes, Leftists are heartbreak. I like a lot of them but I see how once they accept one crazy idea, it gradually infects the rest of their thought process and turns them into zombies. No one wins that way.

          In my view, at least some of the problem originates in asking people with no aptitude or inclination for philosophy or leadership to have an opinion on instances where those modes of analysis are useful. In this society, “I don’t know” makes your status closer to less-equal than more-equal, and so it’s best to have a strong opinion even if it is, like most of them, utter gibberish :)

          • moe connoisseur says:

            How exactly are you an irrationalist? From what I’ve read, you seem to accept a wider scope of correct information than many schools of thought would, and you require much of it to be matched against observations. Wouldn’t that be (extended) empiricism à la Nietzsche? Isn’t irrationalism denying the importance of consistency in thought?

            • Let me start by saying that you ask all the right questions. Rationalism means believing that a universal approach can solve problems, as I understand it, with the particular notion that we can define a task, posit a hypothesis and then look for means of supporting it, when in fact that step should be part of the choosing of the hypothesis, i.e. considering all data and finding the data points that fit all of it, a process I call “parallelism.”

              you seem to accept a wider scope of correct information than many schools of thought would, and you require much of it to be matched against observations

              I attempt this, at least, but also discard a lot of information on the basis that you identify: lack of correspondence to observation of known reality (and sensible, logical conjectures about the rest).

              This might be Reason, but to my mind, it is horse sense. Just how the world works. I also think a lot of it is intuitive, as Kant suggested and Crow often writes about here, not in the “forebrain” or calculating mind.

              The calculating mind is too self-aware, and prone to the error of rationalism: presuming a laboratory-like environment where factors can be separated, studied as causes in themselves, and then conjectures made about their application to reality. The fundamental irrationalist idea: reality must be taken as a whole and observed in situ, with many factors in parallel instead of isolated into linear causes.

              Wouldn’t that be (extended) empiricism à la Nietzsche?

              Very much so, with his preference/aesthetics bent intact as well (perhaps inherited from Kant).

    • crow says:

      Good comment. But there’s nothing “just a mistake” about the mistake. It’s only wrecked our whole civilization.
      Mistakes are careless, yet honest things. Leftism may be careless, but there’s absolutely nothing honest about it.

      • It’s only wrecked our whole civilization.

        And made many lives a ruin as well. The stakes are high.

      • Dualist says:

        Yes, selecting a whole PATH of evil is never a mistake – it’s a conscious decision.

        Why some people choose Evil over Good is one of the eternal mysteries. For me, the only fundamental explanation is a Spiritual one, along the lines of that described in Anselm’s ‘On Free Will’ and ‘On the Fall of the Devil’.

        Either way, we all know there are only two paths that can be followed: the Right one and the wrong one. Personally, I sometimes wonder whether people choose the wrong one as if to prove (to themselves?) that they truly have Free Will, proving that they are not compelled to pick the Right choice which they intuitively know they should do. Listen to the start of this song:


        Whether this is true or not, there is always quite clearly a REBELLIOUS aspect to Evil. Which brings us to ol’ Bernie. If you want a single image that contrasts the leftist mindset to the conservative one, check this picture out:


        Pay especial attention to the expression on the guy on the left’s face, and the cop on the right. The cops have the expression of somebody who’s carrying a heavy bag out to the trash bin. It looks like a mixture of disappointment and disgust – but it’s also a look of men simply doing their Duty.

        Now look at Bernie’s (almost maniacal) grin. He’s clearly happy to be arrested. The only thought in his mind is ‘Wow! I’ll be able to tell so many people about this. How radical I’ll look! Social status, please!’

        Socialist’s don’t REALLY care about anything other than themselves.

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