Tuesday, May 29, 2007

institutionalized compassion

The gravest danger of the anthropomorphis of government is the attribution of the same moral values to this "agent" as to individuals. The should and should not of the individual are not those of the government. For example, an individual act of compassion is an expression of hope, of optimism for the future. To choose to act compassionately toward an individual is to demonstrate one's faith in his ability to continue, to persevere, to become. Such an individual act of compassion is constructive. Conversely, institutionalized compassion, compassion rigidified in government policy, is an expression of profound pessimism. Each act of government "compassion" is an instance of mere rule following, conformation to law, blind reverence for statute; it demonstrates no judgment that its object will persevere, will become, rather it stands as evidence that "society" counts him incompetent, unable to become, simply to be. This is the corollary to the momentum of government: as the agential dominion of government grows, so that of the individual shrinks. To succumb to the institutionalization of compassion is then to make of man a slave, mere cannon-fodder for "just wars," or cattle for the living slaughter of bureaucratic prison. These cattle drivers who come under the guise of the compassionate! ~ these Quislings, these traitors toward humanity who march under hypocritical banners: "Compassion"; "Hope"; "Peace" . . . the wise man believes not such rhetoric and recognizes institutionalized compassion for what it is: institutionalized slavery!

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