A worthy description of today’s Left in America: Empathy and sympathy without a moral sense


This is one of the better explanations of the emotional and moral status of many of our Leftist brethren:

A human being devoid of the ability to empathize or sympathize with others is a moral monster. We label people like this as sociopaths because we understand that there is something fundamentally wrong with them.

As vital as empathy and sympathy are, though, they carry a great danger. Emotion unanchored by a moral sense can lead to much harm. There is vast moral chasm between empathizing with the victim of a serial killer and the serial killer himself. And it is possible to over-empathize with others, to subordinate yourself to the emotional weather of other people to such a degree that your own emotions and feelings get dulled or even lost…….

…..For the left, empathy and sympathy often eclipse morality entirely. It’s not a cliche to say that most leftists are governed by their feelings, for this is observably the case. To most of the left — becoming more pronounced the further left ideologically you go — the moral sense is atrophied to near-uselessness. The left has come to view morality with a deadly kind of skepticism, a postmodern cultural-relativist suspiciousness that shrinks and shrivels the moral sense. Empathy and sympathy reign supreme. To a person of the left, “right” and “wrong” exist not as moral poles, but as emotional ones: what’s right is what feels right, in the moment.

But when decision-making is driven by in-the-moment emotion, consequences are often ignored. We see this all the time from “activists” on the left. They act without thinking of the consequences, which are often harmful to the very people they claim to want to help. They are governed by their passions.

Read it all.

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2 Responses

  1. (Disjunct comments today… Doing too many things…)
    1. The Left is far better in its appeal to the “masses” about social justice than the Right is. The appeals to em/sympathy as stated.

    2. Morality requires a single standard of moral behavior or morals. It is obvious [to me] that morals can only come from the Judeo-Christian ethic.

    3. No other system can be designated as moral without that ethic. Even a system of laws is not possible. How can an agnostic/atheist legal system not based on the 10 Commandments “stealing is wrong” or “killing is wrong” or “adultery is wrong”?

    4. Any appeal to “social” justice immediately divides mankind into groups by race, gender, language, wealth, age, sexual proclivity, etc… It cannot look at individual liberty as the cornerstone for freedom. It immediately requires groups to compete for finite goodies and pits them one against the other.

    5. It negates the fundamental unalienable rights enshrined and the limited powers of government in the Declaration of Independence: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…

    6. The Left cannot strive its [un-achievable] goal of social justice without subjugating people to the government.

    7. Milton Friedman, Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams (All economists) are best at explaining the link between freedom and property rights (The inability of the govt to “take” and give to another… without one’s consent…)

    8. Last and not least, let there be no doubt, there is a very fine line between slavery (The ownership of a person by another) and the power of the government to take one’s property [by force] to give it to another… Remarkably, a slave could buy his freedom; a subject cannot…

    Very entertaining… D’souza debate on Obamacare…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEM4NKXK-iA

  2. Excellent points all! I will watch that video when I have more time…I am sure I will enjoy it!

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