Monday, February 12, 2018

The Ebbing Away of Empathy

(Image from Houston Style Magazine's article:  4 Reasons Your Phone Is Stopping You From Finding Your Soulmate)

Valentine's Day is two days away.

And yet, instead of today's technology bringing us closer together, it seems to be exacerbating the political social divides we have among each other--even between soulmates.

David Cullen, the tech savvy host of Computing Forever, warned about the growing smartphone (and social media) addiction.

That was five years ago--and before the mass emotional meltdowns after the 2016 Presidential Election.

Now, he observes there's an Internet Empathy Deficit.

He's not the only one.

Mark Steyn, in his Among the Empathizers video points out that today's virtue-signalling snowflakes not only lack empathy towards those they currently disagree with, but also towards people in the past, who lived under different circumstances.

Which leads to ding-bat decisions like this:  Duluth schools drop "Huckleberry Finn," and "To Kill A Mockingbird" from its curriculum.

I've often commented on how Orwellian our society is becoming. 

I wonder at what point will we reach Fahrenheit 451?

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