Thursday, May 5, 2011

Trying to Clinically Solve Evil Is a Noble and Typically Pointless Liberal Exercise

The problem with some liberals is that they honestly believe what they say.

Tragically, that probably includes Mike Malloy, a radio talk show host who recently asked: “So when does Seal Unit 6… drop on George Bush? Bush was responsible for a lot more… innocent death than bin Laden.”

That level of cultish fanaticism towards an idea – one so far removed from the facts as to necessitate the comparison of a mass murderer to a U.S. president who authorized a country’s liberation from a revolting dictator who stooped so low as to employ a MINISTER OF RAPE AND TORTURE – is incomprehensibly insane.

And if you listen to Malloy espousing the idea, he truly seems to believe it.

The same goes for Simon Baron-Cohen, a liberal who grew up to stories his Jewish father told him about the Nazis inhuman conduct against their victims. Now a Cambridge University professor and a world-renowned expert in developmental psychopathology, he is trying to find a solution to reprehensible acts of violence.

From all appearances, he appears wholly devoted to that pursuit. But while laudable, his efforts are a complete waste of time because of his faulty premises…

Baron-Cohen, basing his theories on decades of research, says there are multiple parts of the brain that make up the “empathy circuit.” When people intentionally hurt others, that simply indicates faulty wiring up there.

Yet he also believes in “keep[ing] an open mind. I would never want to say a person is beyond help. Empathy is a skill like any other human skill – and if you get a chance to practice, you can get better at it.”

Maybe. But that seems like a hopelessly naïve theory (and certainly an unscientific one to propose a total lack of exceptions to a rule governing such a diverse group of subjects).

Does he really think that every one of those Nazis his father told him about went home after work and beat their spouses? Or how about the Roman soldiers who hung captives up on crosses to die slowly from exposure, thirst and excruciatingly slow suffocation… None of them ever cared when their children got splinters in their fingers?

In other words, a subject can have empathy towards one person and none for another. Vanquishing evil by redefining it as a biological and/or educational problem it is as silly as merely frowning on the use of certain words to eliminate racism or sexism.

In the end, evil exists not due to a lack of education and proper biology, but because we live in a fallen world that is prone to sin and selfishness. And unless everybody everywhere decides to fight that nature everyday, evil isn’t going away anytime soon.

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