Ideology is, in its most simple form, a system of ideals. These ideals create our worldviews and underpin the very fabric of our culture. Christianity, Islam, democracy, capitalism, Marxism, feminism, nomadism, absolutism, atheism, etc – these are all ideologies. In order for society to progress, we must denounce ideology, all ideology, as the unconscious repression of free thought that it is.
In many respects, ideology seems perfectly acceptable or is at the very least benign, so why am I attacking it? At face value, this may be so. But it’s this notion that with the use of any ideological system, there is another layer of distortion placed over reality; another filter slapped onto what there simply is. When there is enough ideological filtration of reality, we unconsciously find ourselves in a completely obfuscated existence. Truth becomes harder to ascertain, knowledge therefore becomes unfounded, and the result is crooked wisdom. As Terence Mckenna puts it, “ideology is a kind of insult to the gift of human free thinking”.
When you approach a subject from the perspective of a particular ideology, you do so with a prejudice. In the West, religious folk approach secular political subjects through the filter of their own religious ideology. Feminists, environmentalists, and socialists – everyone with a particular ideological disposition does the same. These filters compound and you end up with more and more absolutism which leads to people walking around society with their eyes closed to the actual goings on.
Neophytes are in the most danger. When these people experience uncertainty or tumult or question their reality, they immediately turn to the their particular enchiridion or look to their particular ideological elders (who are often approaching worrying levels of absolutism and close-mindedness) for assistance.
When people experience life less the ideology, creativity flourishes. No longer do people see the colours of reality through the insipid spectrum of their chosen ideology, but they have access to a full, unadulterated range of potentiality. To paraphrase Terence Mckenna once more, you must ask not how you feel as a feminist or how you feel as a Marxist, but rather how you feel… period.
Yes, you may have noticed the paradox here. My ideology is no ideology. It is the ideology of reverence for the authenticity of the lived experience and perhaps this is the only righteous ideology for humanity to hold.