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Idiot Compassion
American Thinker ^ | June 06, 2007 | Ralph Alter

Posted on 06/06/2007 1:17:58 AM PDT by neverdem

The term "bleeding-heart liberal" has been bandied about for years, in an effort to illustrate the faux or at least hyperbolic sense of compassion attributed to those on the left.  The lefties in America and Europe would like to be known as those who care, unless you happen to be a Bible-following Christian, a conservative or a fetus.

The information age has facilitated the dissemination of all things cultural, spiritual and intellectual.  One of the most important developments in the West has been the study and practice of Eastern religions and "ways."  Zen Buddhism, for instance, is thought of by those who practice it, as a way rather than a religion.  These religions and ways, particularly Buddhism, are thought of as the fonts of compassion.   Buddhists are thought to be unwilling to harm even a mosquito.  Hence the occasional story about a temple over-run with rats or monkeys because the attendant monks are unwilling to harm these creatures.  They believe that the rodents or simians have as much right to their sacred spaces as any other being.

The most intriguing and brilliant analyst of the world history of spiritual practice and the melding of East and West today is undoubtedly Ken Wilber.  Wilber`s insight into Buddhism in general and compassion in particular is unmatched in the West.  ( Read A Brief History of Everything, for instance.) In One Taste, Wilber responds to a student's question about compassion with an illuminating view: 
"[Most] confusion... in spiritual circles ....comes from confusing compassion with idiot compassion." 
This term was first used by Chogyam Trungpa, a Tibetan Rinpoche who helped bring Buddhism to the West in the 70`s.  Wilber continues:
"Idiot compassion" thinks it is being kind, but it's really being cruel.  If you have an alcoholic friend and you know that one more drink might kill him, and yet he begs you for a drink, does real compassion say that you should give it to him?  After all, to be kind you should give him what he wants, right?  Giving him the drink would therefore show compassion, yes?  No. Absolutely not.

"Real compassion includes wisdom and so it makes judgments of care and concern; it says some things are good, and some things are bad, and I will choose to act only on those things that are informed by wisdom and care."
Of course, here Wilber illuminates the missing ingredient in liberal "compassion."  The world, viewed through the liberal's gray colored, politically-correct glasses, makes no discerning judgments, or at least incorrect ones.  Hence, we get addle-brained protesters picketing to save the lives of serial killers on death row or human shields willing to give up their lives to protect suicide bomber cults and Islamic terrorists.   Since all killing is bad, it must be bad to kill Islamic terrorists or convicted murderers.  This idiot view, foregoes the greater good and lapses into solipsism.

The biographies of the Buddha reveal that in one of his early incarnations, he met a murderer of 1000's of men.  Acting correctly and with compassion for all sentient beings, the Buddha's incarnation killed the murderer to prevent additional suffering.  That  is true compassion!

The "compassionate" left would rather have us believe that the detainees at Guantanamo, the murderers and rapists in our prisons, the violent Palestinians and other Islamo-fascists are the rightful and primary objects of our care and concern.  
It's time we revealed this sham pretension of compassion for what it is:  a reckless disregard for reason and judgment, disguised in the touchy-feely cover of political correctness.  When you spot liberals pretending compassion under the guise of idiot compassion, out them! 

True compassion offers help even for the idiots!

Ralph Alter is a real estate broker and student of Buddhism from Carmel, Indiana.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Philosophy; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: buddha; buddhism; buddhist; compassion; doctrineofdemons; faith; liberalism; moralabsolutes; moraljudgment; moralrelativism; paganism; pagans; welfare
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To: MarineDad
"Quang Duc's act also affected leftist Americans who later immolated themselves to protest the war"

Any chance it's still got the same ol' magic?

Any chance at all???

Perhaps I'm mistaken but I sure don't seem to remember that happening.

41 posted on 07/05/2007 2:02:27 AM PDT by Bob
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To: neverdem

I hate Real Estate Agents because they are all varmints, thieves and Plonkers. Except Ralph Alter: this was a bloody good article and a jolly surprise. It has been Bookmarked.

Thanks for posting it.


42 posted on 01/15/2009 1:39:23 AM PST by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: jabbermog
Sounds about right to me, anyone whose first thought is to ask what others will think is no thinker. I try to remember the line attributed to the great American David Crockett,”First be sure you are right, then go ahead”. Crockett meant to judge the situation according to first principles and do what is right, not what will gain you some votes or make you popular in your clique. Too few are willing and able to follow Crockett's maxim today.

American liberals are notorious for pretending that they are ALWAYS right and have only the highest and most noble motivations while their opponents are totally mean spirited troglodytes who would take the milk from an infant's bottle to sell it to the highest bidder. They ignore the fact that their liberal fantasies, when put into practice, have ever resulted in naught but starvation, death, destruction and utter human misery.

43 posted on 08/29/2009 6:01:17 AM PDT by RipSawyer (Change has come to America and all hope is gone.)
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To: Red Boots

While studying the subject of narcissism it occurred to me that very few narcissists would ever recognize themselves! At that point I started to peer inwardly in trembling fear. I can hardly stand to look in the mirror now 80)


44 posted on 08/29/2009 6:19:58 AM PDT by RipSawyer (Change has come to America and all hope is gone.)
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To: RipSawyer
I can relate to the looking inwardly in trembling fear. I once read that spiritual growth involves ever-deepening levels of humiliation- as one takes a good, hard, honest look at one's self- from which true humility comes.

So, maybe I'm actaully getting somewhere !

'Cause I looked; and yuck !

45 posted on 08/30/2009 10:34:39 AM PDT by Red Boots
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To: RipSawyer

I should keep this brief.

On Monday 3rd August this year, I was convicted at Lincoln Magistrates Court on 1 count of ‘Inciting Community Hatred’ because of my speaking out against Fundamentalist Islam and attending pro-Israel and Support our Troops counter demonstrations.
I have been fined £400 and been told not to enter Sheffield City centre when there are demonstrations of any kind. As an interim penalty I am not allowed to use the internet until my appeal hearing.
If my appeal is unsuccessful, then I will have a criminal record which will make it difficult for me to find a job and I will be barred from entering the US (ironically for going on pro-US marches)!
Freepers you have been warned. The British legal system protects the free speech of Moslem loonies, but not me.
I should log off now as I do not want to be found breaching my Magistrates order. (Am posting from an internet cafe).


46 posted on 09/18/2009 4:15:24 AM PDT by jabbermog (Make a Muslim rethink:- with a bacon butty and strong drink !)
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