PROPAGANDA BY ANY OTHER NAME WOULD BE WARM AND CUDDLY?
The intention of the author is for all of the potential readers to see it as a feel good article. I see articles similar to this one in magazines and newspapers every day. America is being inundated with propaganda disguised as all touchy feely stuff that is always supposed to be good for you.
My sister posted the article on Facebook, “Six Habits of Highly Empathic People,” with the comment “Here is something wonderful to start your New Year ♥.” At first blush, I am sure my sister’s intent was a loving desire for all of us to exhibit empathy towards one another. The intention of the author is for all of the potential readers to see it as a feel good article. I see articles similar to this one in magazines and newspapers every day. America is being inundated with propaganda disguised as all touchy feely stuff that is always supposed to be good for you. Here is the link to the article:
Being a hyper-critical reader most of the time, I saw the article as many things; none of them were good. I found the article to be a manipulative twist on empathy as we have historically understood its meaning. This author managed to include almost every liberal talking point on the planet!
My comments / commentary follow the article in the order of issues presented:
Empathy is not a collective experience – even when we are all feeling empathy for victims of natural or unnatural disasters, we each experience our own individual version of empathy. The Golden Rule has nothing to do with an individual’s tastes; and to insinuate such a thing should be insulting to each of us individually. There are individuals, such as a mass murderer, that I could not possibly experience empathy for. Such a person’s actions are pure evil. The fact that they usually kill themselves just before the law captures them, tells us that they knew what they did was wrong and they did it anyway – pure evil in my opinion. The Islamist that practices treating women as second class citizens, and the woman who accepts such treatment as her natural lot in life, are both people I could not possibly empathize with. Those who are asking you to empathize with other cultures, accepting them as equal to your own, have an agenda. Many of these agenda driven individuals are pushing for Sharia Law and our Constitutional Law to be active side by side within our American borders. Such a diabolical difference will not be tolerated by a moral society.
To quote the article, “Empathy is not just a way to extend the boundaries of your moral universe.” Not just a way? What colossal audacity of the author to even suggest that I reduce the morals that define the boundaries of my moral universe in any way. Unfortunately many Americans have changed the boundaries of their moral universe as evidenced by the violence, degradation, and pornography that has become our television programming.
Also stated, “Empathy is about discerning those tastes.” That is a lie, making your moral compass seem too harsh, as if a good moral compass is nothing more than a personal taste. The end-goal is to evolve America’s predominant Christian faith into “secular humanism” – the religion globalists would have for the world’s future.
Another quote, “The big buzz about empathy stems from a revolutionary shift in the science of how we understand human nature. The old view that we are essentially self-interested creatures is being nudged firmly to one side by evidence that we are also homo empathicus, wired for empathy, social cooperation, and mutual aid.” WOW!!!! I cannot possibly help anyone else (friend, family, co-workers, community members, strangers local or across the world) until I have first concerned myself with a maturing process which involves my parents, and possibly an education system that teaches me fundamental subjects such as math, sciences, literature and composition, and correct history. School should reinforce parents with expectations of good character, and discipline. As a child, I am constantly redefining who I am, and what I believe. As I grow into a young adult I should have matured enough to be self-governing, self-reliant, responsible, and self-loving in a healthy way. No one is able to love me, until I love myself in concert with being ever thankful for my individual life. Once I, as an individual, do these things which are a maturing process, I should become able to effectively help others – even be responsible for those children I brought into this world. As a matured individual, I am able to marry and be a helpmate to my spouse.
“Social cooperation” is code speak for allowing the state to define my life for me.
“Mutual aid” is code speak for the state taking the fruits of my labor, and redistributing my property to others against my will, or my best interest. For example: The current administration / congress will be taking the fruits of my labor, which were 40+ years of my Social Security earned funds, and my Medicare earned funds, taken from me, promised to be saved for my personal benefit, against my wishes, and redistributing the funds plus what they should have earned in safe investments to other people I don’t even know by way of Obamacare.
“Neuroscientists” and “Evolutionary biologists” are code speak for ordinary people selling you theory as truth. Most recent science on this evolution leads to intelligent design, and not the theory of evolution. Consider this article: http://www.khouse.org/enews/2012-12-18/ scroll down to “Ain’t No Good Mutations Here.” An excerpt from that article: “Most of the mutations in our DNA are only 5,000-10,000 years old, according to a study by the Exome Sequencing Project at the National Institutes of Health. That's a good thing, then, because a recent article in the American Journal of Human Genetics says we're all rife with genetic mistakes, and it's hard to find any that have benefited us at all. We might not have been able to handle many more years of DNA deterioration.”
There are no “evolving” or positive changes. Most change is negative change. Whatever minute positive change can be detected happens in sync with larger negative change. You cannot change from one species to another in a process of primarily negative changes. The Theory of Evolution is taught to our children as truth. Why? Those who seek to enslave you could only have the ability to do so if you believe you are nothing more than a being created from pond scum, or an ape. If you are intelligently created, then you derive your human rights from your Creator, and not men; therefore, you would never let a mere equal dictate to you what you will and will not believe.
Our government has used “The War on Poverty” to the opposite of its propaganda roles. Our government has created a whole class of people who are dependent on government from cradle to grave. In a dependent state, most of these citizens will never realize their full measure of abilities, and capabilities. They will never know the joy of accomplishment. These people are ripe for accepting a false religion (even false Christianity) that is “human secularism” – a religion for self-induced slavery to a government.
Habit 1: Talk with strangers.
Shucks, in Texas we call that “good manners”, evidenced by our being the friendliest state in the union. The author of the article morphs “good manners” into being “emphatic” toward “world views very different from our own.” Since the government knows that being emphatic is something Americans believe to be a good trait in a person, the government, once again, has changed the meaning of words in our politically and correctly choking world. Our government pretends to not know that a moral society does not equate itself to amoral or immoral societies / cultures. I do not wish to ever be emphatic with another society or culture that would kill me for my Christian beliefs. My morality comes from Americas Judeo-Christian heritage. I will not sacrifice my faith on the altar of any other religious system. In recent years, it is only Christianity that is being criticized by our elected officials, as they embrace even the religion of our enemies. Sadly, under such leadership, America has sacrificed much of her moral culture to be more emphatic to the criminals, at the expense of the victims. Americans have become less and less able to look evil in the face and call it evil.
Habit 2: Challenge prejudices and discover commonalities.
Immediately, the author uses “Muslim Fundamentalism” instead of “Muslim Fundamentalist Terrorism”, and “welfare mom” instead of “politically trained, welfare drain of productive citizen’s money.” Then, to get your emotions reacting to whatever the author is selling, he brings into the conversation on empathy, a group for which the majority of Americans have no actual knowledge of, the KKK! It is emotionally dishonest of the author to take us there, and continues to take us to this now emphatic KKK person being involved in unions. This is pure propaganda. Unions have morphed into organizations resembling the KKK in nature and intent. In America, we now have more than adequate laws forbidding child labor, and regulating labor practices from coast to coast. Unions are no longer needed, and Americans are passing laws to prohibit Unions from forcing citizens to belong to them, and restricting Unions ability to steal from citizens under the guise of Union dues.
Habit 3: Try another person’s life.
After suggesting that George Orwell’s adventure into poverty would be good for each of us (which I find ridiculous), the author suggests a “God swap” by visiting other faiths, and comes completely out of One World Religion hiding when specifically suggesting we visit a meeting of “humanists.” The author then asks us to take our next vacation helping in a developing country. ONE – Who can afford a full blown vacation these days? TWO – Who can afford to go to a developing country? THREE – Which Americans would feel safe traveling to a developing country in today’s climate of America bashing? FOUR – Who speaks the language spoken in developing countries? FIVE – Who does not work hard all year, and at least deserves a real vacation, whether you can afford one or not.
Habit 4: Listen hard – and open up.
Using Israeli / Palestinian peace efforts is beyond ridiculous for anyone who actually keeps up with the decades of violence perpetrated upon Israel. The two could live in peace tomorrow if the Islamists organizations such as the PLO/Hamas in the Middle East would stop bombing Israel. Israel would have no need of defending herself, if everyone left her alone. Palestinian forces target women and children in Israel. Israel retaliates by aiming for military targets. Israeli military forces do not hide behind women and children – instead the women and children go into bomb shelters. Palestinian military forces do hide themselves and their weapons behind women and children. Israeli schools and parents do not teach their children hate; conversely, Palestinian schools and parents do teach their children to hate Israel, and Americans. I do not have any desire to be empathic with any culture of hate that does not place a high value on all human life.
Habit 5: Inspire mass action and social change.
When the author writes, “empathy can also be a mass phenomenon,” the first thing that pops into my brain is the masses that supported Hitler – almost mindless empathy – the end result of a propaganda campaign. I personally pray that I never blindly follow any proposed line of thinking via my empathy.
This article is titled: The Bible, Slavery, and American Founders. To quote from the article’s conclusion, “It is because of the Christian foundations that America has become the most free, just, and prosperous nation in history. The Godly principles infused in her laws, institutions, and families have had immense impact in overthrowing tyranny, oppression, and slavery throughout the world.”
To continue in the author’s wide path of views . . . I would counter that what is wrong with America’s children has little to do with empathy, and more to do with a lack of morality, discipline, and healthy doses of applicable shame when appropriate. Our young adults do not seem to have a clue of how a moral and prosperous nation thrives. Many youth are lacking any compass guiding them in how to judge when empathy is healthy or when empathy empowers one’s enemy, or moral depravity.
The next target in the author’s long agenda is calling our American lifestyle a “carbon-junkie lifestyle.” This reference is pure propaganda. The “intelligence” of the 70’s was a coming ice age that would have everyone on the planet dead by now. Obviously a coming ice age prediction from our politicians and scientists did not come true. Likewise, global warming has already been debunked, but the left and the left-owned government media swear it is still true. The global warming scam has made people like Al Gore richer, richer, and richer beyond reason. Global warming is based on computer models that cannot even predict next week’s weather accurately, much less predictions beyond a week. Proving the theory of global warming to be a lie, scientists used actual current and historical data. Those reports are there for you to find, because the government media will not show it to you. Here is an article explaining the ruse: http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/11/scientists_in_revolt_against_global_warming.html#ixzz2GpqwHGAF
To quote the article, “Obama calls for the debate to end. He cites hurricanes as proof: "dangerous weather patterns and devastating storms are abruptly putting an end to the long-running debate over whether or not climate change is real. Not only is it real -- it's here, and its effects are giving rise to a frighteningly new global phenomenon: the man-made natural disaster.” Happily, our president is wrong. The worst hurricanes were in 1926, the second-worst in 1900. The world's top hurricane experts say that there is no evidence that global warming affects storms. There is no such thing as a man-made hurricane. Storm cycles and long patterns of bad weather are entirely natural. Yet this good news is suppressed by our politicized media. We hear only one side. More and more scientists are revolting against the global warming consensus enforced by government funding, the academic establishment, and media misrepresentation. They are saying that solar cycles and the complex systems of cloud formation have much more influence on our climate, and account for historical periods of warming and cooling much more accurately than a straight line graph of industrialization, CO2, and rising temperatures. They also point out that the rising temperatures that set off the global warming panic ended in 1998.”
The author leaps again to a conclusion that Americans need an “emphatic connection to the suffering of distant strangers.” This is perhaps the most insulting idea presented in this article. Beyond the billions American tax dollars given to foreign aid by our government (and often re-routed to enemy regimes), Americans are the most emphatic people on the planet giving generously to people all over the globe, even when America is experiencing a recession. And yet, our government media continually apologizes for these same generous Americans as if we were not the most generous people on the planet.
Habit 6: Develop and Ambitious Imagination.
This section is a conclusion of sorts, highlighting the “Start Empathy Initiative”. My goodness, a whole INITIATIVE on empathy. This is a blatant reference to one aspect of Agenda 21 not even disguised, which shows how emboldened the enemies of American liberty are.
In this article “Agenda 21, The U.N. Plan for "Sustainable" Communities By Berit Kjos – 1998” we see the link between the “Start Empathy Initiative” and the UN Agenda 21 . . . “Social Justice. Remember the stakeholders that are defining social justice and preparing its standards? They include NOW, Beyond Beijing, social welfare leaders, environmental groups - all the voices that demand the abolition of Western culture, male leadership, and biblical absolutes. Look at their vision for Santa Cruz County: Desired State: A Paradigm Shift - We envision a community that stretches itself from its historical conditioning and ethnocentric comfort zones to increased cross-cultural empathy and understanding - a community that avoids oppressive hierarchies, but instead passionately advocates for inclusion, respect and cooperation with all members."
Under our U.S. Constitution, we believe in equal opportunities, and equal justice, NOT social justice. This article using our compassionate emotions against us, begs us to believe that empathy for others, no matter what aspects of their culture may be immoral, is superior to self-interest via our American life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. The pro Agenda 21 and against U.S. Constitution & Christianity people have infiltrated our government on all levels, and our rnment media is primarily controlled by these same globalists. Now that Americans are starting to understand what it is, many American cities are now overturning their Agenda 21 / sustainable development statutes that were passed in recent years. Socialist corruption in our schools, teachers unions, and in what is being taught to our children, has not yet begun to be reversed. It is imperative for parents to become very active in the schools they send their children to. It is time to reverse the propaganda that is making good little communists, fascists, and / or socialists out of our Republic’s future generation.
The fact that this article is in your face anti-American, means that the enemy within is getting more bold by the day. The beloved family member that posted this article on Facebook, has either changed political camps, or read the article in such a hurry, that all she actually saw was the word empathy in every paragraph. As conservatives we are very emphatic people, but we have not changed the definition of empathy as the author of this article has done.
Juanita has forty five years experience as an Accountant. During her last twenty eight years she specialized in the start up phase and / or the recovery phase of businesses from two million in revenue per year, to fifteen million per year. Her sphere of successful influence ranges from accounting, to operations, to the backroom marketing effort. Streamlining and organizing out of control businesses is serious fun for her.
The art of raising a family while working was of supreme importance to her; and she chose a route of self-education coupled with some college. Her endeavors in self-education range from philosophy and history, to Christian studies outside of mainstream religious organizations. Much of her college dollar was spent on enhancing natural management skills and writing skills.
Although Juanita has lived in many regions of the country, she is settled near the Gulf coast in her home state of Texas.