While I’m on a roll today, this has been rolling around in my head for a while. A nod to ZMan for this line of thinking. I should link to his article, but I’m too lazy to find it right now. Anyway, a lot of this is plagiarized from him, so I’m an honest thief.
A comparison between Christianity and Gnosticism:
The Church holds that grace is passive, and sin in active. This means that the believer rests in a state of grace (or that grace rests upon the believer), and unless he actively sins, he remains in good standing with the Church. Kind of like innocent until proven guilty. Once he confesses, does penance, etc. he is back in good standing with the Church
Gnosticism is the opposite. Grace is active and sin is passive. It is sin that rests on the believer (a state of dis-grace), and to be in good standing with the Cathedral he must actively commit pious deeds (renouncing racism, sexism, etc., or denouncing racists, sexists, etc.).
Now, since grace to them is active, and sinfulness rests upon them, they have to constantly prove themselves worthy. This explains the incessant striving of Gnostics. They never quit, because they can’t quit. Furthermore, every time someone goes further (progresses) in an act of piety, that becomes the new bar for good standing with the Cathedral. This explains why in 50 short years we went from civil rights to feminism to gay marriage to mentally ill men in sundresses having a constitutional right to piss in front of your daughters in public (that was also stolen from ZMan).
It’s easy to think of the Left as irrational, but when you understand Gnosticism and it’s moral orthodoxy, everything they do makes perfect sense. They act the way they do because they have to act the way they do.