I’m a bleeding heart libertarian. Yes, I know how that sounds. But it’s true.
Particularly when it comes to animals, plants and creatures who can’t defend themselves. I will very carefully transplant aspen volunteers that grow too close to the foundation. Chances are they won’t grow elsewhere, but at least they have a chance.
I spent my childhood dragging home baby birds that had fallen from the nest and sometimes having to defend them from mom who thought it was more merciful to put them out of their misery and also that I was “only prolonging their suffering.” Since life is suffering, she was right, but I raised about 50% of them.
There are two main differences between me and bleeding heart liberals. One, I’d never try to do it at someone else’s expense (but the fact that they do this might come from two.) And I understand evil.
I’m just evil enough — not in practice. My character is saved by being too lazy to do the evil I think on. If you really upset me, I won’t go out of my way to help you. Weirdly you’d be amazed how often that is revenge enough — that I know there is evil in the world and people who do evil. That evil doers don’t need to be twisted, beaten or victims of society. And that even those that are might simply have got into enjoying evil and can’t be saved no matter what you do.
My brother is liberal and at least when he was young he started by not understanding evil and therefore taking all the wrong conclusions.
I realized that today because I was thinking of an occasion in which I acted in self defense and how my brother would disapprove, because the person attacking me was homeless and drug-addled, and I’d piled on to that injustice by beating him with a dictionary.
Yes, he would literally save his pity in the circumstances for the “poor man” who would probably have raped me if I hadn’t defended myself.
This eventually led to his being very upset at George Bush for “threatening poor, mad, little North Korea” without taking in account that North Korea is poor because it’s mad and that its madness takes the form of crazed communism. But see, they are small and powerless, so they must be the ones who need his pity.
He’s not alone. At least in the beginning a lot of liberals become addled about morality because they can’t conceptualize evil or someone doing evil because they want to, or someone enjoying doing evil. Therefore they look at people doing evil, from the mundane family tyrant to the dictator of North Korea and see … well… a wounded bird. And think if only we “make that right” then evil will stop.
This is why the liberals have come up with cute things about only whites being able to be racist, and why they’ve convinced themselves they live in a white supremacy (seriously, these people have never seen a white supremacy.) Because this explains a lot of the criminality in the black community. (Of course so do broken families, but that goes against the leftist dogma of not being repressed and also doing whatever the hell you want without regard for your kids. Oh, and could be laid at the feet of family-destroying welfare policies, and heavens, how could liberals be guilty of anything?)
This is why they’re convinced males have “privilege” because … well, because. That one doesn’t make a ton of sense because criminality in women is way lower. OTOH many women are mean in petty ways, and obviously, it’s society that’s to blame.
The problem of going down that path, unable to SEE evil or acknowledge its existence, is that it eventually turns you against the good.
Since evil will always be with us, liberals need to continually invent oppression to justify it. And eventually they want to punish all those “oppressors” because, you know, they’re creating evil and not letting the left “heal the world.”
It’s not just that they, as Reagan said, know lots of things that just aren’t so, but that the admirable inclinations of their hearts aren’t corrected early on. No one ever explains to them and SHOWS to them that yes, there is evil, evil without first cause and some humans are evil and almost all humans can learn to enjoy evil, as the bleeding heart liberals eventually do, too, when they’re “punishing” the “oppressors.”
Just once I’d like them to step back and realize what they’re enabling are the evil people and the dysfunctional cultures, and if they win they’ll be the first victims.
They made a desert. And they called it peace. In this case it would be “they made hell on Earth, and they called it justice.”