Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Redefining altruism in the natural order of conservatism
In the natural order, human nature is primarily kin and group-centered (ethnocentric ) and to demand otherwise goes against the natural order. Yes we have to care about the wider world but that caring exists at the farther end of the natural order of altruism. The way Christ's commandment that we should love our neighbor as ourselves can be defined as within the natural order is if it is defined as loving our real neighbor. The Catholic principle of subsidiarity---a central authority should perform only those tasks which cannot be performed at a more local level, Wikipedia---has to take into account this sociobiological definition of human nature.
The wise constitutional separation of powers and states in the U. S. is harmonious with altruism in the natural order. But to deepen our commitment to acting within the natural order, those powers and states need to, gradually, become ethnostates within an ethnopluralism of ethnostates. Subsidiarity and solidarity need to work within the parameters of real human nature which is kin-centered, gender defined, age-graded, heterosexual marriage-making, hierarchical, ethnocentric, even xenophobic, and religious-making, among other things, with group-selection as the primary unit of selection.
When Catholics and other religions miss this natural sociobiological view of altruism they tend to make big mistakes. Real conservatism, deep conservatism, needs to include Darwin, who was in effect ejected from conservatism by William Buckley and others, and soon conservatism degenerated into neoconservatism, which was/is almost as far outside the natural order as Marxism.