Royal Quips

“It’s more important to be morally right than factually correct.” I agree with her.

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I actually agree with the top comment attributed to Ocasio-Cortez in the meme below, despite the ridicule she has received on social media. Faith should come before reason, and faith should inform reason, so long as faith remains open to the facts and to drawing logical conclusions. This is Plato (top) versus Aristotle (bottom).

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For example, I can tell you what I know in faith, that the Catholic Church is the one true Church of Jesus Christ, outside of which there is no salvation. You can tell me in return that the facts are that the Church’s leadership is filled with perverted, child molesting, New-World-Order Marxists with white collars and red hats. I would argue that both are true. It would be incumbent on me to demonstrate, even if just to myself, that I could logically draw my conclusion from the premises I have established in faith. If I could not, then intellectual honesty would demand I hold my faith up to scrutiny. If I can, though, then faith has found itself to be in conformity to reason.

This meme is a striking example of the divide between Aristotle and Plato. Starting with facts is Aristotelian. Reason is developed from observable data. Starting with what’s right is Platonic. Reason is developed from a priori truths. Obviously, Ocasio-Cortez thinks like a Platonist. So do I.

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t agree with much of what I read about Ocasio-Cortez. I deduce different conclusions from many of the same a priori truths. As a Catholic Monarchist, I could never support leftist ideology, conclusions, or policies. But it is not on this meme point that I disagree with her.

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