Nail in the coffin of western ideology, by contributing to a decline in the efficacy and support that those ideas receive from elsewhere in the world.In explaining the present levels of decadence, he presents the argument that it is the result of the shift in an underlying metaphysical dream which was the foundation of progress and the propagation of Western ideas. He commences his argument by pointing out that every man who is a part of a culture has “three levels of conscious reflection”, i., (a) his “specific ideas about things” (b) his “general beliefs or convictions” and (c) his “metaphysical dream of the world” (Weaver 18). Weaver’s argument is that the underlying metaphysical dream which man carries is the foundation of all the good ideas that he has, because its source is from God as man is created in the divine image. But when man chooses to seek after and consume wealth, i., give in to an evil idea or motivation, then he deviates from this divine path and metaphysical dream which is uplifting and tends to regress into a state of decline rather than progress.Yet another argument that Weaver (1948) offers are the corruption of art, and he attributes the reason for the decline of art as being the foundational idea that nothing exists beyond that which can be perceived by the senses. Hence, the human actions in propagating art purely as a means to satisfy the senses rather than a means to explore the core of the divinity suggested by the image in which man is made, so that it can produce an elevation in his ideas. Weaver has also suggested that a deviation from the metaphysical dream is the root cause of the events that led to the Holocaust because the segregation of the Jewish race was an evil idea in itself, which in turn resulted in many evil and horrific deeds that were a complete turnaround from the idealistic ideas and notions that man should have adopted, such as equality and non discrimination.I found myself in support of many of Weaver’s ideas, because his foundational premise is the assumption that since man is made in the divine image, he needs to pursue his metaphysical dream if Western ideas are to be progressive. The reality as represented in historical events and incidents is man focusing on his baser instincts and functioning on that basis rather than working towards a higher ideal. I found myself staunchly supporting his premise of the metaphysical dream and his argument that most of the evil that has
Weaver, Richard, 1948. “Ideas have consequences”, University of Chicago Press.
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