According to Google, original sin is “the tendency to sin innate in all human beings, held to be inherited from Adam in consequence of the Fall. The concept of original sin was developed in the writings of St. Augustine.” Humanity has an inherited vice, and that is the proclivity to behave like animals. We are a dark species, whose past is rife with evils, and unpleasant episodes. But our inherited vice must not be mistaken for inherited guilt; there is a crucial difference between the two. On one hand, we are stricken with tendencies that, if acted upon, may lead us to bad behavior. On the other hand, we are burdened with the guilt of our parents’ sins, regardless of our own actions. If the sins of our fathers are heaped upon our backs from birth, what chance do we have to live?
In an interview with Chris Rock, liberal Frank Rich covered a wide variety of topics, but one particular exchange caught my attention. During a portion of the interview in which race was discussed, and Ferguson brought up, the following was said:
Rich: “It’s about white people adjusting to a new reality?”
Rock: “Owning their actions. Not even their actions. The actions of your dad. Yeah, it’s unfair that you can get judged by something you didn’t do, but it’s also unfair that you can inherit money that you didn’t work for.”
So, according Chris Rock, it is up to every white person to “own the actions” of their fathers. Now comes my obligatory disclaimer. It’s certainly one thing to recognize the reality of what has occurred in the past, and it is indeed each generation’s responsibility to make sure not to repeat the sins of our fathers. That being said, we cannot, and should not be burdened with the guilt for what someone else did. If my father commits murder, should I get the electric chair? Obviously not. Each generation, and each individual has their own responsibility to bear, and that is not transferred to their children. If it were, we could never achieve any progress because we would be so heavily weighted as to be pinned to the ground.
But Rock doesn’t stop at original sin; he clumsily tries to make a comparison to justify his weak argument. Rock claims that while it is indeed unfair to be burdened with the sins of the father, it is equally unfair to inherent other things from them, such as money. This is an argumentative fallacy; to say that because two plus two equals four, that two plus to must also equal eleven. It’s incongruous; one has nothing to do with the other, aside from the general concept of “inheritance.”
Much in life in unfair, that is certain, but inheriting money is not. Money—at least within the context of Rock’s argument–is something that is earned by the father. The father worked for his money, then upon his death, chose to whom it would go. If the father chooses to pass it to the son, it is his right to do so. Did the son earn the money? No. But is inheritance inherently wrong? Again, no. The money was gained through an exchange: work for compensation; it was earned. Additionally, what was transferred was physical material, not metaphysical culpability. In other words, it is a physical material separate from the person receiving it, while blame or accountability for particular actions is intrinsically tied to the person who committed those actions, and thus, cannot be transferred. The son was not involved in the decision process that led to the sin of the father.
Rock wants people to believe that because A, then B, but he doesn’t want to show us the connective tissue, and that’s because there is none. Inherited white guilt and responsibility is a cop-out designed to make someone feel guilty for something they never did, and with that, make them behave in a certain way. It reinforces a victim/oppressor relationship that benefits the alleged victim. The left is at the helm of this notion of inherited racial sin, because it gets them what they want. The liberal establishment wants white people to feel guilty and black people to feel indignant so that they can maintain control over their community. So long as blacks feel victimized, they will vote for the Party that claims to be on their side. Moreover, they will not vote for the Party that has been labeled the Party of rich, white men. Because racism.
Liberals like Chris Rock continue to make these insane arguments, despite the fact they they are incongruous, and at their core, stifle progress, because they want to maintain their power, and position. It’s as simple as that.