Many infectious powers have challenged our cultural commitment to freedom, reason and true liberalism. His book The Saad Truth, Dr. Gad Saad on how the epidemic of the mental illness virus undermines Western common sense. In this fascinating sequel to Jordan Peterson’s book “12 Rules for Life,” Ph.D. Think about what’s really happening in the Progressive Safe Zone, why you need to pay more attention to these trends, and what you can do to prevent the spread of dangerous illnesses. Dr Saad has great consequences and deconstructs many destructive effects (corrupted thought patterns, belief systems, attitudes, etc.) that must be addressed before it’s too late.
The book talks about a type of war that is against the truth and that if we do not talk about it or at least win it, we will lose to the freedom of intellectuality. The commitment to release in the West, Canada, has been more threatened by the strong political forces that are formed. Liberalism in its true nature has also been threatened by today’s forces of correctness in the political field. Saad (2020) tries to expose the bad ideas that are very infectious to the human mind and calls them “the idea pathogens,” which are the things that kill the people’s common sense and cause them not to reason.
All these ideas are primarily incubated in the universities, which is a well-thought-out idea because students at this age find it interesting to learn about these types of things. Spread to the students is a lot of political correctness whose ideas threaten and endanger our fundamental freedoms such as freedom of speech and freedom of thought. As Dr. Saad shows, the danger is real, but politically correct dogma is riddled with logical flaws. If we have the confidence to use them, we have potent weapons at our disposal. The Parasitic Mind, a provocative guide to preserving reason and intellectual freedom as well as a rallying cry for the preservation of our fundamental rights, will be the year’s most divisive and talked-about book.
However, I do not entirely agree with the book or Dr. Gad Saad’s ideology in his book. “The Parasitic Mind’s” table of contents is a veritable “Who’s Who” of dumb notions that have sadly infected our society, particularly the Western world, in recent decades. The good news is that Saad is an expert at deciphering the conceptual mess and its social ramifications, relying on critical thinking skills and a variety of factual evidence from disciplines such as evolutionary psychology to back up his arguments. Only a handful of the topics explored in the book include university “safe spaces,” gender ideology, trans-activism, academic feminism, postmodernism, victim playing as an identity generator, and racism.
Professor Saad also published articles on “anti-science, anti-reason, and other illiberal tendencies,” as well as truth and hurt sentiments, free expression, and social media companies. He also encourages readers to use their voices to make a difference in the world, warns against virtue signaling, and suggests that we should “unleash our inner honey badger” – that is, dare to go all-in when rejecting these ridiculous ideas and to support our own.
I’m afraid I have to disagree with all of his conclusions, but that’s part of the fun: people like Saad, myself, and, thankfully, many others appreciate the potential and challenges that open dialogues on any subject bring. Emotional control and resilience are essential skills in academic and social situations. Silencing your opponent does not imply victory. It’s all about aggression and the road to ultimate disaster. As a result of never-ending societal fights, there has never been any scientific or social progress. Instead of an infinite number of criteria to separate us, we need shared aims.
Also, Saad is confident that he should not be misinterpreted as a sexist, racist, or bigot for the following reasons: ‘I have a winning hand in Victimology Poker.’ I am a ‘person of color’ because I am a Lebanese Jew (to use the obnoxious vocabulary of the social justice warriors). I am a ‘person of size’ who fled religious persecution as a war refugee (I am overweight). Because defeating me in the Olympics of Oppression is impossible, I use my royal flush of victimization against those who try to accuse me of faux-racism, faux-sexism, and faux-bigotry.’
In contrast to previous pandemics, which were caused by actual illnesses, the current culprit is a collection of awful ideas that sprout on university campuses and corrode our foundations of reason, freedom, and individual dignity. I believe non-negotiable characteristics of a thoroughly educated society include freedom of expression, scientific method, intellectual variety, and a meritocratic ethos based on human dignity rather than obedience to the DIE ideology. A just society guarantees that people have a fair chance, not only equivalent outcomes.
Student-activist social justice warriors (SJWs) may be outnumbered on campuses, but they dominate through minority tyranny with the help of ‘progressive’ academics and school authorities. I address a wide range of anti-science, anti-reason, and illiberal concept infections, including postmodernism, radical feminism, and transgender activism, the latter two of which are based on a particularly expressive form of biophobia (fear of biology). There is a growing trend on university campuses to recognize white supremacy everywhere. Make some up if there aren’t enough enraged racists around to keep the victimology balance.
What traits does a society need to be regarded as liberal and modern? I believe that Western Civilization’s brilliance stems from the guaranteed right to debate any idea (freedom of speech and thought), as well as a commitment to reason and study to investigate opposing viewpoints (the scientific method).’ It’s tough to disagree with Saad’s definition of modern, liberal society. Despite this, “Western Civilization” has a pretty broad meaning. If we use freedom of expression, adherence to reason, and the scientific process as criteria, it originated in ancient Greece.
‘When Donald Trump was elected President of the United States in 2016, I saw a frenetic sort of Collective Munchausen in which faux-victims were aggressively vying for the top spot on the future victimhood hierarchy,’ says the author, Dr. Saad Gad. The craze around Donald Trump results from secondary processing (‘his mannerisms irritate me’). Trump’s opponents can put more effort into engaging their primary route of persuasion by critically and detachedly studying his policy opinions. Many fervent anti-Trump supporters begin with a tremendous emotional dislike for him, then assess following evidence in a way that confirms their a priori affective opinion.’ Trump is widely regarded as one of the most loathed presidents in US history, and it is reasonable to believe that this isn’t only due to “his mannerisms.” To name just two examples, he has a poor environmental record and, despite being a self-proclaimed millionaire, paid only $750 in federal income tax the year he was elected, far less than the average American.
Dr. Saad continues saying, ‘People want me to release my wrath and criticize the right in the same way I criticize the left.’ Right-wing radicals did not develop or disseminate postmodernism, radical feminism, cultural relativism, identity politics, or other intellectual nonsense. My mission is to safeguard the truth, and the left’s diseased ideas are driving us into an abyss of limitless, mindless darkness.’
Ronald Inglehart, the creator of the World Values Survey and author of Cultural Evolution, has demonstrated that using labels like “left” and “right” to characterize substantial cultural distinctions is archaic. The contrast between’ materialist’ value systems (at the bottom of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs) and ‘postmaterialist’ value systems (at the top of this hierarchy) is a more realistic and factual way of explaining these cleavages. ‘In the decades following WWII, something unusual happened in economically prosperous countries: much of the postwar generation grew up taking existence for granted,’ says Inglehart. High economic and physical security levels resulted in extensive intergenerational cultural transformations that modified these societies’ ideas and worldviews, culminating in a movement from Materialist to Postmaterialist ideals.’
“This broad cultural movement shifts focus from economic and physical security and adaptation to social norms to individual freedom to a life that seems appropriate.” Gender Equality, Gay Tolerance, Participation in the free economic and political decision-making process of lesbians, immigrants and other outgroups, expression is a principle of self-expression.
Significant social and political changes have taken place from this Cultural Revolution to stricter environmental laws and anti-war movements, gender equality in government, business and academia, and the spread of democracy. Secularization, or the systematic breakdown of religious rituals, attitudes, and beliefs, is also facilitated by high levels of existential security. Secularization has spread throughout nearly all advanced industrial civilizations during the last fifty years.
As a result, while religious people are typically happier than non-religious people in most countries, people in more modernized but secular countries are more satisfied than those in less civilized but highly religious countries.’ According to the world happiness report, in 2020 Helliwell et al. (2020), the countries that recorded higher, included Canada, one of the most secularized countries.
To conclude, although there are ideas that are not fully addressed about the ongoing political rallies, it is not mean that no one is addressing them. Dr. Saad’s book talks about almost no freedom of speech about these ideas, but there is. However, the book opened people’s minds, especially on politics, race, and sex ideologies.
Saad, G. (2020). The parasitic mind: How infectious ideas are killing common sense. Simon and Schuster.
Helliwell, J. F., Layard, R., Sachs, J., & De Neve, J. E. (2020). World happiness report 2020. https://www.wellbeingintlstudiesrepository.org/hw_happiness/1/