Thursday, 5 July 2007

'Mourning sickness is a religion...'

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/3512447.stm

'In Conspicuous Compassion author Patrick West argues that wearing coloured ribbons, strapping red noses onto the front of your car, signing internet petitions, and carrying banners saying 'Not In My Name' are part of a culture of ostentatious caring which is about feeling good, not doing good. The three Cs of modern life - compassion, caring and crying in public - show not how altruistic we have become, but how selfish...'

Also more at http://www.answers.com/topic/missing-white-woman-syndrome

5 comments:

hoi polloi said...

Yes, that's something I've thought of before. Do people perform acts of kindness because they care or because they want to pat themselves on the back. We had a whole discussion on NR about that in relation to karma. In the end if something positive is done for another person then I guess it doesn't really matter what the motivation is, but displaying compassion only for show is kind of lame.

Joshua said...

Just more evidence of the concensus trance.

BTB said...

Thanks for popping by, Joshua.

I flagged up your new blog here a few days back, mate. Friends, get over there and give the man your love...

Realm of Connections

eris said...

Give a few pence or pounds to the latest fashionable charity (I think I've got some spare change - here you are, dear), get a little flag to wear (no thanks, I've given already...), talk about how much you care at the next dinner party (oh, isn't it awful...), all the while avoiding doing any psychic cleansing work on yourself.

Useless sushi-eating Sunday supplement reading frauds.

aferrismoon said...

I note that the etymology of the word 'Maudlin' is Magdalene