The Curious Case of Pathological Altruism

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“It is like watching a nation busily engaged in heaping up its own funeral pyre.” -Enoch Powell

Another terror attack has struck Western soil, this time in London. It is, at this point in time, about as shocking as the fact that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, or that water indeed is wet.

Why is this still allowed to continue? Why do we keep eating up the perpetual media cycle that comes with these attacks? We assume that we have not been kind enough or inclusive enough towards immigrants. I would, in fact, go as far as to say that we want to think that these attacks are somehow a result of a failure on our part. We have deep-seated doubts about ourselves, about our goodness, about our fairness; because we want to be these things. We pride ourselves on being just, on being kind and forgiving, and welcoming of outsiders. The mere accusation of being uncharitable is troubling to us. And we assume that everyone else is like us in this regard, or that they want to be. This is simply not the case.

It is my belief that Europeans have evolved to have higher capacity for concern for the well-being of others, and that other peoples know this, and exploit this. We have an inherent altruism that can be warped and taken advantage of.

No goodwill can be abused forever. What these attackers might not realize is that they are prodding a hibernating bear, a slumbering beast. It will awaken. The wrath of the awakened Saxon, indeed.

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