The United Kingdom is undergoing a largely hidden revolution. The result is to involve the British people in a major experiment, largely without their awareness, which impacts on social, political and economic areas.
A major shift is occurring from empiricism as a foundation for knowledge and reality, to idealism, in which knowledge and reality are believed to be largely creations of the mind. Is this new, or is it a phenomenon that occurs frequently as associations of people (societies, organisations, nations, empires etc.) grow, become more affluent, and then decline?
The empiricist sees the world as it is based on observation, experience, and facts, and works with it to achieve an outcome. The idealist sees the world as he or she wants to, and is largely indifferent to an objective reality which in any case may never have been experienced.
In the absence of a reality check, there must be an idealistic escalator as idealism feeds on and reinforces itself. In time, behaviour including decisions becomes increasingly bizarre and unworkable; vision is divorced from reality and belief is considered sufficient justification for unrestrained action.
The prospects for a successful outcome to the current experiment, based on historical evidence, are not good. Empiricism and its development into scientific method and political thought have been the bedrock of progress in this country and beyond for the last few hundred years. Meanwhile, idealism has spawned various destructive inhuman ideologies, and blurs the distinction between fact and fiction, hard evidence and commentary or speculation. It removes the moral imperative for truth whereas empiricism emphasises precision, honesty and absence of manipulation.
Idealism is attractive to those who peddle and receive it because it offers apparently immediate results without effort, investigation, analysis, validation or competence. If empirical skills are lost (or not acquired in the first place), there are few means available with which to recognise what is happening and to resist. And the more desperate the situation, the more attractive the ‘too good to be true’ offering becomes.
The evidence of the shift from empiricism, and the insidious progress of idealism is increasingly visible, to those who still possess the necessary empirical skills and outlook with which to recognise it. Thus can be seen the difference between actual results and deceitful spin or manipulated statistics, science and pseudo-science, cures and placebos, real world and virtual world, liberty and oligarchy. Also noticeable is increasing divisiveness, isolation and incomprehension between zealous idealists, who are likely to cocoon themselves, and inherent empiricists, who cannot stop observing and fact finding.
The ramifications of the hidden revolution and major experiment are huge wherever you look, and raise many questions, not least: can the various negative outcomes arising be prevented or reversed? What consequential changes will occur? How to live harmoniously and prosperously in this new world? Will the idealists triumph or the remaining empiricists effectively dissent through communities or organisations like UKIP? One thing is certain though, if illusionists do establish dominance in any particular field of activity, the benefits they offer will turn out to be an illusion.