Wonderful post by Mark Shea over at Catholic Exchange on the Dictatorship of Relativism.
This quote jumps out: “Nazi Germany, Stalin’s USSR, and Mao’s China were none of them Stone Age societies just past the level of bear skins and cave paintings. They were all highly sophisticated, technologically accomplished, scientific civilizations with a developed literature, a huge legacy in the arts, law, philosophy and architecture, and an extremely complex and well-functioning governmental structure that enabled them to, among other things, handle the complex and difficult task of putting to death millions and millions of innocent people.”
What all three totalitarian societies had in common was a worldview based upon materialism. By reducing man to a material being, and refuting his intrinsic worth as a being created in the image and likeness of God, these atrocities became possible. It is good to remember the sophistication of these societies, as Shea points out. They were not stone age peoples, but highly civilized people who placed great faith in science. What made them barbarians was the denial of the divine.
As corporations continue to focus on scientific management principles to increase productivity, by implementing six sigma quality management programs, and other statistical analyses to define the worth of every action according to a “metric”, we need to be vigilant that we do not make the same mistake. Reducing the worth of human beings to a metric is to dehumanize them, and deny their intrinsic worth. The sophisitcation of our measurements is not an inherent justification for our actions. Technocracy does not lead us to utopia, but to the holocaust.