I was greeted this morning by a video someone shared. It’s a bit long, but it makes a point.
The narrator, with a fine British accent, includes a clip from the movie Good Will Hunting in his video, starring Robin Williams and Matt Damon. The clip features a scene where Williams, portraying a psychiatrist, talks about his deceased wife, and how he treasures the memory of her little idiosyncrasies. It’s a touching vignette for anyone who has lost a loved one to death. But the whole point of this longish video is how narcissists / psychopaths / pick-your-favorite-label lack compassion.
I was reminded of the adverts that appeared regularly on TV in England, asking support for starving children in Africa. This is not one of them, but it conveys the message:
If you go to the actual link on YouTube, you can see the comments here. And if you scroll a short way down the comments, you will see that someone writes:
If you can’t raise a child……STOP HAVING UNPROTECTED SEX…..goddamn africans. I will not spill a tear for you idiots.
Anyone who knows anything at all about the world knows that much of Africa has extreme poverty, is riddled by violence, rape, and genocide. Witness Darfur and Rwanda. Access to basic health care is limited, let alone contraceptives. A few years back, I attended a lecture given by a minister who had just returned from Africa and he told how women had to walk 5 miles or more from their village with large jugs on their heads to fetch potable drinking water each day, no convenient running water from taps or hot showers.
It’s debatable how large parts of Africa came to be this way, but it is in no small part because of pillage by Europeans after such stuff as “blood diamonds,” gold, and ivory.
When the adverts to help the starving children would come on TV, I used to sit in silent shock as my wife would rant about how “our money” [AKA, British funds] was being sent there when it should be used at home — similar to the comment I quoted above. Who wouldn’t be shocked? The woman had four children herself, with two ex-husbands nowhere to be seen. She lived off the dole, and I never saw her do a single day’s honest work. She preferred to scam money off of people she “loved.” Apparently, she hadn’t heard of contraceptives, either?
Isolationism and geopolitics can be debated, but who can observe emaciated children and not have a tug at their heartstrings? Anyway, regardless of whatever way they were conceived, the children themselves didn’t deserve to starve. It’s not like the women were being handed a “child tax credit” as incentive for having more kids.
This, my friends, is the definition of psychopathy and myopic self-centered greed.
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