Is there a strange proliferation of empathic disconnection? Why does it seem like the sheep side has lost all ‘normal’ empathy? Does this always come with this sort of division, or is this something unusual? In very deep rifts between cultures, such as during war, or other extreme violence, it is very common to have a hate so strong for “the other side” that normal empathy is lost. But this situation should not bring that about…not getting vaccinated, or holding the loyalty to a certain government entity, is not violent nor does it represent deep assault, yet the unvaccinated are treated as if they are the most destructive force in the universe. Of course the propaganda has supported that, but the propaganda against the unvaccinated certainly has not reached the heights of Hitler’s campaign against the integrity of the Jews.
This is such a massive subject and your piece breaks it down in a way that's easy to understand. It seems like every luminary on the side of the "vaccine free" inevitably ends up in the world of psychology and sociology, instead of biology and immunology. For example, RFK, Jr. often mentions early man on the plains of Africa and the importance of following a strong leader. Mattias Desmet in his latest book describes how a mother executed her own daughter on television in Iran because she was convinced that she was morally dirty and a threat to the political orthodoxy. Mark Crispin Miller often talks about respected scientists and doctors in 1930's Germany. He makes a good point that it was the *intelligencia* who towed the line for Hitler, more than the Maga, Walmart types (they were too busy to give a shit about politics).
The vaccine and Covid19 are the weapon, but the people wielding this weapon are the actual threat....and I have a feeling it's a devil's concoction of corrupted sociologists, PR firms and psychologists. Cate Blanchett plays a great role in Nightmare Alley, and I don't want to spoil the ending, but...yeah.
Hi Todd, usually I just say “amen” but this time I have to say I haven’t really noticed a lack of empathy in the general experience in public. Certainly is isolated cases, I have where some are still very militant towards those who have not been COVID vaxxed but in general, things feel “back to normal”. I am terrified this is going to change when we get into the flu season!
My impression - and of course I could be wrong - is that the sheeps' loss of empathy has to do with fear. Although it is irrational, they have been convinced that they have to fear everyone around them, especially the "vaccine free", the unmasked... (the shrews). They have been convinced that other people (especially those mentioned above) are capable of "giving them covid" and the result, of course, will be that they will die. This had never happened with any other disease that we have lived with in the past (as far as I can remember).
It often seems to me that both sheep and shrew are hearing the alarm bells ringing, as you frame it. Shrews blame our situation, sheep blame shrews.
It really is quite difficult for me not to think of sheep as having a more primitive form of moral intelligence than shrews. But perhaps I am just projecting.
The Answer and the Solution: is GOD (nature, peace and quiet, listening to the wind, gratitude, living in each moment NOW, respectful of all life…)…instead of looking outside yourself, look inside yourself. All answers are there. And I speak from my personal experience.
Expressions of empathy seem to have been dumped into the same can along with critical thinking. There was a study linking acetaminophen with the destruction of empathy. Maybe that is true. Maybe the vaccines have changed something in the brain. Seeing my once wonderful friendship of over 40 years disintegrate with each jab she got certainly makes me wonder. Perhaps chemtrail geoengineering is part of the toxic mix. People who are fixated on screens are not noticing micro expressions and vocal tone shifts that are foundational to empathy. Without activating mirror neutrons, empathy becomes almost impossible. Plus, empathy takes time. Attention spans have been deliberately destroyed by the ‘swipe and don’t think’ addiction to machines that most people mistake for real life. Interacting with other people on a small screen increases dissociation which always reduces emotional connection.