Life is an abstraction. Being pro-life is to elevate an abstract concept or idea over the real. Plato referred to that, but I would argue he was being descriptive of a certain mode of thought, rather than prescriptive. Ideologues are prescriptive. For example, they assign a higher value to money, a figment of the imagination, than to the goods and services money represents.

Abstraction is also manifest in the “nothing personal” dislaimer—as if objectivity were a universal good and subjectivity suspect.

What makes the ideologues so annoying is their obvious self-satisfaction and the shmoosing.