They have the impression that their wisdom guarantees the relevance of their delusions and their thirst for power. In their way of thinking, their judgment necessarily trumps the examination of those who have not learned to integrate the Truths of the soul into their consciousness.
Let us take the case of an Idealist chemist who discovers a new and important fact in the course of his research. He becomes convinced that his capacity to find a scientific truth is a sign that he also has access to global Truth. This position is coherent with the supposition that there exist but one Truth.
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He then believes that he knows more about politics than the politician or more about morality than the moralist. It is thus that a school that extolls an Idealist theory often does not limit the propagation of its teaching to the expertise it acquired. It will use its reputation for a particular expertise as a platform to diffuse a much larger understanding. Students that come to such a school to acquire a professional competence will be submitted to requirements relative to what they think about beauty, love, justice, and so on.
A curious but frequent aspect of this way of thinking that I cannot explain to my satisfaction is that it often leads to a form of sexual militancy: a militant homosexuality with Plato;47 chastity with some Christians, or at least an absolute separation of sexual pleasure and the necessity to procreate; and the insistence on heterosexual orgasm with Reich. In all of these theories, sexuality is part of the world of Ideas or can give access to it. A wrong use of sexuality leads necessarily to an impoverished contact with the Ideas, God, or Nature. There are many ethical problems in this contagion from one truth to another:
1. The one who knows is critical only of others.
2. An Idealist teacher (or therapist) wants to influence his students in domains other than those that define his expertise.
3. This teaching is necessarily disrespectful of all forms of collective decisions, because collective decisions are often taken by people who do not have real knowledge. Collegiality is therefore not possible, or even hoped for, between a group of Idealists and other colleagues and citizens.