An ideology, simply put, is a collection of ideas about the world. While that standard definition doesn’t sound inherently evil, the actions of those who follow a dogmatic ideology pose a grave threat to the mental stability of the very subscribers themselves. Sometimes they are a physical threat to those around them as well. Ideologies that don’t bend to fact, in and of themselves, are logically incoherent for there are always aspects of the group of ideas that either contradict reality, or contradict other ideas encased in the ideology. Mental devotion is not difficult to garner for zealots, charlatans, demagogues, and charismatic public speakers. Large crowds of people are desperate to understand how the world works. Most people are so thirsty to consume the fine wine that is truth that they will easily succumb to someone who hands them any sort of purple liquid. Then, with their mouths eagerly open to ingest, they devour the metaphorical poison without question. Duped ideologues then go on to convince all of those around them that they were not poisoned as they lay dying in the hospital bed.
Contradictions with reality are standard practice with ideologies and you can count on people who believe the dogma to consistently look at the world through that lens. The person will continue to label themselves as a member of the caste that attaches themselves to that particular idea sect. The person will identify themselves as a member of that group so readily, so quickly, so easily, and so whole-heartedly that an attack on the ideas will morph into an attack on their very self. The movement is them, and they are the movement. The individuals are the group of ideas because they haven’t thought outside of the ideology. The ideology becomes them because their thinking process and handle on reality is dictated by the ideology. It is a virus rearing to strike around every corner. Ideology driven mental short-circuiting doesn’t discriminate by intelligence, it just takes longer to refute the maze of large words and jargon when debating someone intelligent. It all arrives however at the very same conclusion: False.
These ideologies often have a group of leaders and intellectuals at the front who do a very reputable job of convincing people that what they are saying is true and coherent. Any argument put forth to combat the reigning idea is met with a flock of flimsy shields, and no matter how many shields are destroyed there will always be some that pop up to block the shots. Those flimsy shields usually consist of fabricated victimhood and smearing the person wielding the sword as someone who is threatening the safety of everyone with a shield, no matter how many times they get bashed in the head with one of them. However, no matter the claims, those who advocate for a world where reality takes precedence over ideology need to keep swinging.
One would think that factors such as logic, rationality, facts, and the ability to adapt a worldview would be natural vaccines against an ideology. Unfortunately that is not enough to convince someone to disassociate with an ideology. No matter the situation, no matter what the movement is doing, no matter the consequences of their actions, and no matter if the group goes against their own ideas, as long as the label stays the same people will follow. Distorted social ideologies are gaining power in the world today. Yes I do mean gaining power. Ideologies have gained power before and it has led to catastrophe. Pay no mind to how trivial or mindless the idea is, if it gains power it will be deadly. If an ideology has absolute power behind it, people die. An ideology is hurtful when it refuses to bend against the awesome weight of reality. However in many cases the ideology simply makes up facts that support its claim outright. If supporters of the ideology regurgitate that lie long enough it will start to become truth to an ever growing chunk of the population until the lie is seen as an “obvious no-brainer” and is never questioned again. Those who do question that supposed “obvious no-brainer” are treated as intellectually deficient or simply laughed at for not believing in what everyone else tells them is true. Even if that questioning is lined with irrefutable facts the mocking will still ensue, thus branding this per se questioner as a simpleton who doesn’t deserve a voice.
An ideology could claim the sky is green in order to explain all facets of society and life in general, but if the original premise that the sky is green is challenged then the entire ideology falls apart. This is where the intellectuals come in. With their massive intellect they would dream up constant rationalizations for this phenomenon. “The sky is ‘green’ but what is the concept of ‘green’ anyway? Green is subjective and everyone sees a different green when they imagine the color. To some people the sky may be scientifically blue, but it will always be green in my eyes. Perhaps some of our greens are actually blues; maybe the sky is a healthy medium between green and blue. Everyone is too black and white with their thinking by stating that something ‘is’ a certain color in the first place. There is no nuance or intellectual fortitude by just stating that the ‘sky is blue and the science says so’. Scientists aren’t taking subjective experience into account.” This is how the argument consistently operates. Faulty arguments laced with impressive sounding philosophical jargon and rhetoric could convince enough people to believe that the sky is ‘green’ by clouding the issue to the point where no one knows what ‘green’ and ‘blue’ is in relation to the sky color argument. Another strategy they use is to make large claims for what “society” believes in order to promote their argument. Society is racist. Society is sexist. They are setting out to prove a preconceived conclusion. Any evidence in support of their conclusion is taken on board. Any evidence against it is dismissed, ignored, or rationalized away in some ridiculous manner.
Reality is a secondary issue regarding ideology. The main issue of an ideology is getting people to believe in the ideology, to support the cause, and to tow the party line. This is why the virus analogy is so appropriate. Killing the host isn’t a concern. Destroying everything around them isn’t a concern. The only concern that they have is convincing everyone (and themselves) that they are correct about the world. The vital sin of an ideologue is to admit you were wrong. How strange is the human condition that we are able to believe en masse that Jewish people should be exterminated, that we should drink poison to be reunited with a comet, or that we should treat people unequally so that equality can be achieved? It is the poison of correctness. It is the deathly whisper of absolute certainty. It is the siren song of being unfalsifiable.
In many cases with moral ideologies, such as 3rd wave Feminism, they break their own moral code by pretending to be the underdog. They are constant victims and that is why they are entitled to act violent and break the very moral codes that they set for other people. They excuse themselves of any wrong-doing because they are doing it for the right reasons, but they go through everyone else’s actions with a fine tooth comb in order to find something that they can construe as sexist, racist, misogynist, or unequal. Anyone who subscribes to an ideology that doesn’t waiver in face of the facts is surrendering their intellect to the idea. They are sacrificing their free thought in order to fit the mold. They are giving their brain over to the ideology. They are becoming their own idea.
Lastly, and perhaps the scariest thing, is that their very identity is welded to the idea. An attack on the idea is an attack on that ideologue’s very person because their very person is nothing but the ideology. These people are victims, they have always been victims, and they will forever be victims. They use their victimhood status to erode basic human rights, and people let them get away with it as long as they are “helpless victims.” If you want to imagine the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face forever, and the face being stepped on apologizing to the boot for what it’s going through.