Virtue Signalling and Terrorism

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Virtue Signalling and Terrorism

On May 28th 2017 I published an article titled What is the correct etiquette for using the Facebook LIKE button? The article was rather long at two and a half thousand words.

(Those ubiquitous ‘they’ maintain that today most people can’t handle reading more than about 500 words.)

The article was divided into two parts, the first of which was a humourous look at the use of the Facebook LIKE Button and the second half was about using facebook to Virtue Signal. This article today is a reproduction of the 2nd half of that original article.

Posting on Facebook is all about virtue signaling
(1000 words about the Manchester Bombing)

Apparently one may go on FB and call people nasty names for not having and holding Marxist ideology, but those who do not have Marxist ideology have no right to express their thoughts. (Hell they even get abused for being Islamophobic and Racist when they don’t express any anti-Muslim sentiments at all.)

I didn’t want to LIKE the original anti-anti-left comments because apparently that means I agree with the ideas expressed. And I didn’t want to make comments that would just rile up the leftist angst. And I didn’t want to involve myself with virtue signaling by uttering pithy and meaningless comments about how my heart was bleeding for the terror victims (unless I was also free to speak to the causes of terror), but I did want to say something truthful.

The fact is that I don’t care about the victims of the bombing. How could I? Do I know any of them? Do I know anyone related to any of them? About the best I could have uttered was ‘Bloody disgusting!‘ as if that was going to accomplish anything other than signal that I was worthy of entrance into the bleeding heart society.

Did I care that there was a terrorist bombing? F**KING OATH I DID!

Am I angry with the terrorist? No I am not! What he did was a foregone conclusion in a society that does not actually understand what is happening in the Islamic world.

(Honestly have you ever read of Muslims who were targeted by Muslim suicide bombers claiming that the terrorist act was not really related to Islam?)

I am angry with the stupid, virtue signaling, idiotic, self-pleasuring society that is bending over backwards to accommodate a people amongst whom there are millions of willing terrorists.

(With 1.8 billion Muslims in the world, you only need 1% of them to be Islamists to find yourself looking at 18 million terrorists worldwide. If only 0.1% are terrorists, then you are looking at 1.8 million terrorists. And if only 0.01% are potential terrorists, then you are looking at 180,000 would-be terrorists.)

To say that there is no connection between Islam, Muslims and terror is a denial of truth and the constant refusal to acknowledge the truth is suicidal. When mad cow disease hit England they destroyed whole herds of cattle to stop the spread of the disease. Many were undoubtedly not infected. They did the same in China to the chickens when bird flu hit.

The mentality in the west toward Muslims however is that we must protect the guilty in order not to cause pain and suffering to the innocent. (And of course this ultimately leads to Islamic oppression of the decent or secular or non radical Muslim).

There really is only one solution to this problem of terrorism. STOP MUSLIM IMMIGRATION until security organizations actually know who it is that is coming in; ignore all accusations of injustice made by Muslims and Marxists on the basis of ideology; PROFILE Muslims and imprison or deport anyone involved in or protecting those who wish to perform acts of terror and do what the Chinese do to ensure that religious groups are not being stirred up to create social chaos, by publically installing a security officer in suspect places to monitor what people are being taught.

If this seems too totalitarian for your ideology, then just accept that dying in a suicide bombing is no more or less of a risk than being killed in a traffic accident. It happens – it’s a part of life – stop making such a big deal of it. It’s all quite normal! What? You want to ban all cars because a few people die each year in accidents?

Terrorism has become a cancer and the cost to the human body of trying to rid it of cancer is extreme! It is painful! It is disgusting! But it is necessary! And so it will be if we want to actually stop the terrorism.

We have to get rid of this Marxist Mask of Compassion that the far left and political activists wear.

[That link is to a 90 minute interview with psychologist Dr. Jordan B Peterson titled: “Harvard Talk: Postmodernism and the Mask of Compassion.” Ninety minutes is far too much for the average person to devote to learning, but this interview really does explain what is behind the extreme leftist motivation, principally in universities.]

Unlike so many of those who refuse to read or study anything that offends them in their little safe places, I like to read opposing views and see how they stack up. According to the good doctor at the link above, the act of actually doing that has a measurable physiological effect on the brain, and he also points out that the act of ‘protecting’ students from the truly evil in the world actually reduces their ability to function in life.

So there you go. I started out talking about the etiquette of using FB LIKE buttons and ended up preaching from my soapbox. So sue me!

With all that said, I still don’t know what to do about the Facebook LIKE button situation, but I have been thinking that since I will permanently return to Australia this September that I might just block all Australian friends and relatives living in Australia and just leave my personal page for my foreign friends both in Australia and overseas. If my Aussie friends and relatives actually have any interest in what I write they can go to my public FB page and LIKE or not to their hearts content.

But as far as posting on personal Facebook pages is concerned, I believe that if you believe in your Human Rights, specifically the right to say what you like about any and all topics then you cannot deny to others what you claim for yourself. LIKE IT – or lump it!

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R.P. BenDedek (pseudonym) was born in 1953 in Brisbane Australia. From 2003 to August 2017 he lived and worked in The People's Republic of China. Along with photographic stories from China he has been writing social and political commentaries since 2004. He was editor of Magic City Morning Star from 2009 - 2016. He is the author of 'the King's Calendar: The Secret of Qumran' and 'Finding Myself in China: A Politically Incorrect Story.' He is divorced; has 5 children and 16 grandchildren. He is a 4th generation Australian from a racially, ethnically, and religiously diverse family. He has no time for Sociopathic Ideologues or Useful Idiots.

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