More than anyone else, Secular Humanist John Dewey was responsible for wrecking American education observed Bruce Deitrick Price in his article, "Educational Decline: Inside John Deweys' Misguided Mind." ( http://www.rightsidenews.com/2011051013482/life-and-science/health-and-education/educational-decline-inside-john-deweys-misguided-mind.html?utm_source=Right+Side+News&utm_campaign=10da5c2e40-daily-rss-newsletter&utm_medium=email )
Dewey was an evolutionist, socialist and collectivist. He is the man responsible for inventing progressive "education." And since he wanted everyone to be equally dumb, it would be through "progressive education" that his iniquitous goal would be realized.
Why did Dewey desire that Americans be deprived of positive knowledge and facts? The short answer: Envy.
"(Envy is) the great leveler...it is a destroyer...rather than have anyone happier than itself, it will see us all miserable together."
(Dorothy Sayers, quoted in Calling Evil By Its' Name, http://www.rightsidenews.com/2011041013228/life-and-science/culture-wars/kimball.html?utm_source=Right+Side+News&utm_campaign=807fb85a22-daily-rss-newsletter&utm_medium=email )
Price characterizes Deweys' envy-fueled motivation, "if you know something that I don't know, you move to a higher level, even as I move to a lower lower. I'm a C or D student, while you become an A student, and thus my superior."
As with Karl Marx and Nietzsche, Deweys' envy is directed first of all at God the Father Almighty, Whose powers Dewey covets. Dewey does not want God to exist so he turns to Darwinism, a devilish Gnostic myth that claims that all things, including life, were spontaneously generated from nothing. This is Nihilism.
Darwinism is Monism which teaches that all that exists is "one self-creating, self-sufficient substance" which may be either impersonal, unknowing divine spirit (pantheism) or spiritless substance (materialism). Within this framework all things, including God and mankind, are merely parts of the one-substance that supposedly generated itself from nothing.
Monisms' greatest appeal lies in the fact that it imaginatively erases the vast fixed-gulf between God the Father and the natural dimension and man. In other words, Monism conceptually dissolves the supernatural Creator into the natural dimension, thereby bringing heaven to earth and allowing an envy-bitten man like Dewey to not only divinize himself but become the creator of a "new race of men."....."a dumbed-down collocation of atoms."
Dewey was a materialist monist. Materialist monism reduces everything to atoms bumping around in a vacuum. In that it teaches that spirit/soul does not exist, then God is further reduced to an impersonal energy source and all men are further reduced to the level of soulless fleshy robots. The imaginary reduction of God and man to energy and atoms is the reductionistic work of envy. Where God and individual men were, there is now "nothing" but a collocation of atoms. Envy is Nihilism.
Another word for Monism is collectivism. Socialism and Communism are collectivist systems of totalitarian governance based on the Monist view of mankind, that is, that man does not exist as a free individual created in the spiritual image of God the Father but rather as a faceless part of impersonal nature. In place of free individuals there is now only a teeming anthill completely controlled by superior beings. This is Socialism and/or Communism. This too is Nihilism, for all that was good has been reduced to nothing.
"(Envy is one of the) 'cold-blooded' deadly sins...the cruelest of all.' 'When I say that Marxism is based on envy, I mean that the glorious revolution of the proletariat...was really a promise to put a final end to all conditions that make for envy." (Joseph Epstein, quoted in Calling Evil By Its' Name)
We cannot understand the abnormalcy of our age, nor the power-grabbing and universal corruption unless we return to the Biblical definition of man as sinner. Envy begins with Pride and quickly progresses to covetousness and lust for power. The Early Church Fathers combined pride with all of the cardinal sins into one overriding concept, envy.
Fundamentally, envy is nihilism, for it is compelled to annihilate everything good, true, life-affirming, and virtuous. Tolkien brilliantly portrayed envy and communism with Saurons' blasted hell overlooked by the burning Eye of envy.
Unfettered envy (Nihilism) has no program but personal power. It believes in nothing but self. It knows only violence, egotism, destruction, contempt, hatred and murder.
Unfettered envy is like a universal acid. It eats through everything good, true, and right, leaving behind desolationâ€¦the nothingness of Saurons' blasted hell. It is only in this light that we can understand why Americaâ€¦itsâ€™ political institutions, workplaces, churches, schools, law, military, and media are increasingly irrational, abnormal, and chaotic.