On the misuse of compassion


As a Christian, I am a strong proponent of the virtue of compassion, when properly understood and applied. But here’s what a lot of folks today don’t seem to get: compassion is not an entitlement; it must be earned.

To put it bluntly, if you expect people to feel compassion toward you, they have to have a reason to believe that you deserve it. This is where a lot of the Muslim migrants pouring into Europe and, increasingly, the U.S. fall short.

In the case of families with young children, or obviously oppressed religious minorities like Christians and Yazidis, it’s a no-brainer. Of course they deserve compassion! They are being oppressed and even murdered by the Muslim majority in their historic homelands (and for the few who do make it to Europe, in the refugee camps there).

But here’s the thing: a significant majority – even an overwhelming majority, especially in Europe – of Muslim so-called “refugees” are young, able-bodied men of military age. This means, to those capable of viewing the situation objectively, one of two things:

1) They are cowards, who are fleeing their home countries (and in many cases leaving families behind) rather than sticking around and doing what they can to improve the situation there; or

2) They are not refugees are all, but rather are coming into Western countries under false pretenses, with the goal of reshaping Western cultures and societies to comply with Islamic ideological teachings.

In neither case are they worthy of compassion. In neither case are they likely to be adding anything of value to countries taking them in (as left-wing politicos and pundits like to put it, “enriching the culture”), rather the contrary: their actions and attitudes are all too often proving destructive of Western culture and values.

Compassion is an important and cherished virtue, but we cheapen it when we apply it to the undeserving. And in this case, our misplaced compassion may very well be working to our own detriment.

People of the West need to wake up and smell the Erk Soos*!

(* Erk Soos = a licorice-based drink popular in Muslim areas of the Middle East)

Author: The Anglophilic Anglican

I am an ordained Anglican clergyman, published writer, former op-ed columnist, and experienced outdoor and informal educator. I am also a traditionalist: religiously, philosophically, politically, and socially. I seek to do my bit to promote and restore the Good, the True, and the Beautiful, in a world which has too-often lost touch with all three, and to help re-weave the connections between God, Nature, and humankind which our techno-industrial civilization has strained and broken.

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