Is this to be an empathy test?

Its one of my favourite lines from Blade Runner, which is one of my favourite films. Rick Deckard, a bounty hunter who kills rogue androids, turns up at the corporate HQ of the company that makes them. The boss walks in and asks “Is this to be an empathy test” (to discriminate between androids and humans). There is a fair bit of the movie before this point but that is where it really starts. The whole film is an exploration of empathy, of what it means to be human, and all the violence humans are capable of when they dehumanise their victims. Seems we have entered into a time, perhaps similar to the early 1930’s, people’s empathy has been eroded or manipulated and all love of truth has been snuffed out.

Abortion is seemingly the number one ‘right’ that feminists defend, because what all women dream of as little girls is killing unborn babies in their womb… Why don’t feminists long for a world which values pregnant women, and values babies? The way abortion denigrates women and children is a key part of why women are left with the crappy end of the bargain in the sexual revolution. But to have a conscience so decayed it treats unborn babies as an inconvenience to be removed and disposed of as medical waste…

These feminists will say “lets not go back to illegal abortions” surely what’s worse is that this monstrous crime against human life is peddled as a ‘right’ and babies are quietly killed by the millions and nary a law is broken. They say, “what about women who have been raped?” to which I’d reply, ‘so you think children should be killed for the crimes of their parents? if this is really about rape then make abortion only legal in cases of rape’, but it isn’t about that, its about using rape victims as a political football to protect a barbaric practice that enables third wave feminists to destroy motherhood in their quest for equality.

Mass immigration is another subject that seems wildly nonsensical. It drives down wages and raises housing costs for the poorest and puts huge strain on public services. To cap it all Europe is taking huge numbers of immigrants from parts of the world that don’t believe in democracy, women’s rights, gay rights, freedom of religion, freedom of speech and finds no problem with rampant antisemitism.

There are many good reasons why people would want to move here, but at what point do western values, some of which we have only just arrived at as a society, eg gay rights, start to deteriorate when we are taking in millions of people who don’t necessarily share them. When queers, Jews, ‘apostates’, ‘blasphemers’ are killed in the streets and women are subjugated will we as a society be so proud of our open door immigration policies?

I empathise with immigrants, they are looking for a better life and our society is often treating them like dirt, how do we balance that empathy with the empathy we should be having for the people in our own counties who are truly shafted by mass immigration. How do we integrate so many Muslims when, thanks to multiculturalism, we won’t even defend the ideas that made Western Europe a desirable place to live in the first place.

Then there’s moral red herrings of environmentalism, the anthropogenic global warming alarmist myth that still won’t die despite how clear it is the whole thing is a fraud. We waste billions of pounds on this nonsense whilst ignoring far more pressing human concerns. It reminds me of Russel Brand, someone I don’t usually have a lot of time for, but I wonder if when he said: “When I was poor and complained about inequality they said I was bitter; now that I’m rich and I complain about inequality they say I’m a hypocrite, I’m beginning to think they just don’t want to talk about inequality” Did he know to aim that at the left? at all the things it wastes money on. The way the left shills for the EU and the EU spends a full 40% of its budget on the common agricultural policy because French farmers shut down the entire road network if they don’t get what they want…

So often the truth doesn’t matter around the world, recently in Russia a blogger was put in prison for saying the unpalatable truth that Russia invaded Poland in 1939. In the middle east the truth doesn’t matter at all. Islam itself teaches provably false beliefs about Christianity for example. In the hundreds of years after Mohammed very few seem to have done basic fact checking in that regard, why? because they’d be killed if they did.

Ever more the world seems to be moving towards a time in which the truth doesn’t matter, we choose our news outlets based upon which lies we prefer. Our political discourse becomes tub thumping tribalism. In all this cacophony of noise we need to hang onto our own sense of right and wrong, if we are lucky we were given a moral core prior to this point because it seems the morality that this world pedals is increasingly warped. The world is complex, it is often morally ambiguous because the only problems that self perpetuate are ones we don’t understand, but never has understanding been held in such low esteem.

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