It is another year but the same old dog and pony show. Empathy can easily be weaponized, and true manipulation preys on it. This time around, empathy is being used to further a cause without the participants paying the required price for civil disobedience. Yes, I’m talking about the recent walkouts across America by underage political activists seeking to severely weaken (or abolish) the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. I have no dog in this fight at the surface, but I do believe that the rights bestowed upon the American people should be as wide and far-reaching as possible and that attempts to limit or take away rights, no matter the rationale or net impact, should be placed under the most objective gaze of scrutiny. What interests me, however, is the common and far-reaching attempt to use empathy as a weapon in the war for the hearts of man.
What dystopian universe exists in which human beings can merely allege wrongdoing and have another’s life ruined without any form of due process? This one. An uncivilized people waste no time in circling the waters once the prospect of blood has been raised. The elite, who believe themselves elevated because of their intelligence and power, partake in this sadistic game, wasting no time in throwing others under the bus for the promise of even the most minuscule gains. The commoner gains disproportionate power in their endeavor to bring down those unlike them through simple allegation. Finally, the actual process of law and justice is never conducted as popular opinion goes looking for victims, regardless of truth. If this doesn’t sound frightening, you must be aloof to the shifting reality of the world around us. Innocence is presumed false and guilt known to be true.
Liberal elites would like us to believe that no person is born to hate, but that bigotry is rather a learned behavior. I disagree. At some point in human history, man became woken to the fact that there were others unlike him. In our first days, we learn to associate family with non-family. Adopted children learn that their features surely did not come from their “parents.” Those without become envious of those with. So on and so forth. The second a difference is recognized between human beings, they begin to calculate the silent war that will one day grow hot. Man is not born to love; man is born to hate.
A man is born to harm, a man and a friend can harm more effectively, and a group of men united in cause can harm with an efficiency that no machine will ever reach, as the vortex will swallow all. Like sharks surging toward blood on the water, the mob does not care if they care, only that righteous punishment is inflicted on those unlucky enough to be in their sights. As long as man remains a social creature, this vicious cycle will repeat ad infinitum for any cause that the human mind can imagine. Radical vegans, antifa, Islamic extremists, politicians, ordinary men, and all in between celebrate their in-groups as they drag the waters for the bodies of “them” they’ve cast aside. Blood-stained hands and encephalitic masses will dance so long as they celebrate our own. Reject and reform, we must abandon our own.
The vanity of misery is not enticing and is not wanted by those caught in the maelstrom. We live in a connected age in which every dream and desire of an individual is reflected for the world to see on digital media. People with little self-confidence (or, a perverse surplus of narcissism) flood our streams with selfies and with poorly thought out monologues that do little to stimulate our intellects. Weeding out signal from noise becomes ever-increasingly more difficult as the self-imposed prisons of the noise-bearers coalesce into view. I believe that we are becoming more simplistic as a species with all of this ill-conceived content. We need to care not for the simplistic and shallow that fill our televisions, social media streams, and conversations and care more for those directly in our lives: those in front of us.