Last Updated on March 12, 2021 by John Galt
Glenn H. Reynolds writes in “To defeat woke tyrants, the rest of us must treat them like the monsters they are“:
The woke think of themselves — and want everyone else to think of them — as deeply moral. If they have a flaw, it’s that they just care too much. They’re too idealistic, too empathetic, too eager to make the world a better place.
Historically, it’s not the good guys who are out burning books and censoring speech. It isn’t the caring, empathetic people who try to destroy lives based on something someone said years ago, often while young, often taken out of context. It isn’t the good guys who take undisguised glee at the ruining of lives, families and careers.
You know who does these things? Horrible, awful people. Selfish people. People with serious mental and emotional problems who seek some sort of vindication for their deficient characters by taking power trips while imposing suffering on others.
In God in the Dock: Essays on Theology (Making of Modern Theology), C. S. Lewis writes
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. This very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be “cured” against one’s will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals.
I have a close friend whose child is a self-proclaimed Socialist. She cannot stand that her mother is allowed to have her own opinions which don’t line up with the daughter’s opinions. This offends her so much that she has told her mother never to contact her. Her political ideology supersedes the ties of family and love. Her mother says that her daughter is not a bad person, that she has these opinions and acts the way she acts because she thinks she’s helping the oppressed of the world. In the name of alleviating oppression, she berates, harasses, and oppresses members of her own family. I guess “Think globally; act locally” doesn’t apply anymore.