Friday, July 01, 2016
Courage and the refusal to put up with academic jargon
I probably didn't get trapped in academic jargon because I decided early on that the humanities departments of our colleges and universities were dominated by the fundamental errors of modern liberalism, now called cultural Marxism. But I didn't always feel confidant in this position because my refusal to put up academic jargon no matter how systematic left me open to gaps in knowledge. I always had to respect a thinker, at least somewhat, before I would struggle through the pain of their academic jargon, and this rarely happened.
In spite of the academic ideal of objectivity, the character of a writer and thinker is much involved in the way they think and write. I believe plain old courage is required in a great thinker whether they write well or not, and too often academics were the wimps of the playground and they carried that wimpiness into academia. I also think that if writers don't write clearly and even simply, even with difficult subjects, they usually don't understand their subject deeply enough.
Friedrich Nietzsche, who was originally a top academic, was a truly courageous thinker, yet even he did not appear to have the courage it would have required to see that his jealously of Wagner effected his philosophy of hyper-individualism, and this, perhaps coupled with a fear of authority, probably turned him away---although brilliantly away---from group-oriented nationalism, and religion.
In the same way the late actor Marlon Brando with great courage snubbed academic acting and fundamentally simplified and changed acting, but Brando was also a rebellious hyper-individualist probably due to a great hatred of authority, which he did not overcome, and this effected his political positions.
Human beings rarely if ever achieve perfection.