Waukesha Aftermath: Toxic Kindness and Wishing Death on the Unvaccinated
Dehumanization in the name of goodness is leading to medical totalitarianism
The night of the Waukesha parade massacre, as social media was trying to figure out who the culprit was and what was going on, a voice of insanity shook up Twitter with the following statement:
Hoping and praying that those lost to the violence in Waukesha just now were unvaccinated
The account belonged to someone calling themselves “Helen Carter,” who claims to be a real person but could be just a troll or even an AI. (And yes, they can now make AI faces that look just like real faces, so posting a picture of “yourself” isn’t proof you are real.)
“Helen” also tweeted this in response to a tweet about a poll showing approval for mandating covid vaccines for children:
All i have to say to this is: HELL YES!
It's about damn time we stop letting our good and vaccinated children near those filthy subhuman unvaccinated kids
Lock them in their house until they are vaccinated!
Don't let them access doctors or schools! Make them comply!!
Before you get too angry, I’m of half a mind that “Helen” is actually making these outrageous statements to make the pro-mandate side look bad. In which case, such ridiculous, over-the-top tweets may be strangely helping us, whether “she” is doing that on purpose or not.
At worst, though, she may be planted there on purpose to help shift the “Overton Window” and make it more socially acceptable to say awful things about unvaccinated people, just not quite as ridiculous as what she posts.
Either way, whether she’s for real or not, she’s evidence of a growing problem of dehumanization in the West.
Since this blog focuses primarily on the health arena, I’ll mainly stick to how unvaccinated people are being treated. That said, the dehumanization efforts extend far beyond that...and I’ll be analyzing dehumanization in that context.
Unfortunately, dehumanization is now a way of human life in the West.
For one thing, while we don’t know yet the exact motive of the Waukesha suspect, I think it’s fair to say his driving through children and teens in marching bands and dance squads shows that he has little value for human life.
He just expressed his disdain outwardly. Many more people just do it virtually, in writing.
And right now, it’s been made “OK” in America to hate certain people, if they happen to be on the wrong side of a political argument.
Hatred and Toxic Kindness
This socially acceptable hatred is part of a syndrome I call toxic kindness, which I will perhaps elaborate more on in future posts. Toxic kindness can manifest in many different ways, one of which is to enable people in doing more of the bad thing that’s hurting them in the name of helping them.
Giving out free needles to drug addicts would be one example of toxic kindness in public policy. Yes, fresh needles reduce the chance of disease spread, but they don’t resolve the core issue, and they cause new problems with needle waste, which can actually be quite hazardous to people walking down the street.
Another more insidious form of “toxic kindness” is a psychological phenomenon whereby someone who is crusading to help one group demonizes and dehumanizes the alleged opposing group. Thus, in the name of love, they feel justified in hating.
Toxic kindness often (but not always) goes hand in hand with virtual signaling, or the desire to make yourself look good by publicly taking up a cause, whether or not you’re actually doing anything about it beyond appearances.
Toxic kindness is about righteous hatred, a hatred that feels justifiable because you are battling the “evil” other. Not the evil in the other, but the actual other who you believe is evil. (This distinction is important.)
This type of mindset can infect a person and make them lash out in really stupid ways...a most recent case is a young woman who managed social media for a local Democratic party office and tweeted out the following the night of the Waukesha tragedy:
The blood of Kyle Rittenhouse’s victims is on the hands of Wisconsin citizens, even the children.
Yikes! This is especially ironic considering one of Rittenhouse’s victims was a convicted pedophile (and even Snopes has admitted this is true). And no matter how you feel about the Rittenhouse verdict, innocent children don’t deserve to die or become disabled for life because of it.
This angry young woman has resigned and the DuPage Democrats apologized, but she’s just a symptom of the greater problem.
Lest you think just one side does this, I can’t count how many times I’ve seen people against covid vaccine mandates wish death on the vaccinated.
The sentiment goes along the lines of “eff them, they all deserve to die from side effects for promoting that toxic shot.”
I get the anger. But do you really want these people to die? Turning into that which you hate won’t solve the problem.
Toxic Kindness and Vaccine Promotion
Here’s the thing. Those of us who are against vaccine mandates are in the minority. We don’t have the power of the media or big tech behind us.
And we have a definite problem in America (and perhaps other countries too) with the dehumanization of people who have chosen not to take a covid vaccine.
As CJ Hopkins writes in Pathologized Totalitarianism 101:
The Untermenschen become “the Unvaccinated.” Swastika lapel pins become medical-looking masks. Aryan ID papers become “vaccination passes.” Irrefutably senseless social restrictions and mandatory public-obedience rituals become “lockdowns,” “social distancing,” and so on. The world is united in a Goebbelsian total war, not against an external enemy (i.e., a racial or political enemy), but against an internal, pathological enemy.
To the pro-vaccine people seduced by toxic kindness, the unvaccinated are the evil other who must be stopped for the greater good.
There’s a huge payoff for this type of toxic kindness.
In virtue signaling about getting vaccinated – and writing snarky posts about how awful unvaccinated people are – the individual gets a huge ego boost.
Do they actually care about the numbers of people dead or suffering from covid?
I’m sure some of them do, but I suspect quite a few of them are more concerned about promoting vaccination because of the sense of superiority it gives them (“I’m on the side of science unlike those covidiots!”) vs. actually caring whether an unvaccinated person avoids suffering.
Many are also, of course, driven by fear and don’t want to get covid themselves. (This goes without saying). But I believe some (not all, but a good many) may be more driven by an ego identification with being on the “right side” of an issue vs. really caring about human lives.
This, in a nutshell, is why it’s almost impossible to talk reason into many of these people or show them actual numbers. They don’t care about numbers or facts. They have picked their side and anyone against it is now the evil other.
(Beware of becoming the mirror image of this, by the way.)
Dehumanization and Medical Totalitarianism
It’s not entirely their fault. The media and big tech have done a damn good job dividing us along racial, ideological, and geographical lines in the United States.
Some in the media seem to be doing it on purpose, but some appear to be lacking in self-awareness. I was struck by the irony in this article in the San Diego Union-Tribune: Chris Reed: Will COVID-19 vaccine skeptics accept new, life-saving post-infection pills?
Public health appears well on its way to becoming just another front in the ever-expanding culture wars. Fox News vs. the “mainstream media.” “The war over Christmas.” “Cancel culture.” Crime and policing. Immigration. Abortion rights. Gun rights. Speech rights. Issues involving sex and gender. Climate change. Secularists vs. the religious faithful. The America of the 1619 Project vs. the America of 1776. And now a pitched, binary fight over how to address a pandemic that has killed nearly 770,000 Americans and counting over 20 months.
This is actually a fairly balanced article but really, who is the main culprit here? It’s the media as well as big tech companies that ruthlessly censor critics of covid vaccines while letting user accounts that applaud the deaths of unvaccinated children to stay up.
This is not an accident.
Dehumanization is a highly effective propaganda technique. It shuts off people’s compassion and empathy, and makes them more likely to approve negative consequences for the group that has been dehumanized.
Dehumanization is necessarily for totalitarianism, and we are well on our way to medical totalitarianism (and total totalitarianism as well) thanks to Western covid policies, as outlined in this very important article from the Burning Platform, Totalitarianism and the Five Stages of Dehumanization:
The second step of dehumanization is soft exclusion: the group turned into scapegoats is excluded from certain – though not all – parts of society. They are still considered part of that society, but their status has been downgraded. They are merely being tolerated whilst at the same time being berated in public for them being or acting differently. Systems are also put in place that enable the authorities, and thus the public at large, to easily identify who these ‘others’ are. Enter the “Green Pass” or QR code. In many Western countries this finger-pointing is happening now, especially towards those not vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 virus, regardless of the constitutionally protected considerations or medical reasons why individuals may decide against receiving this specific jab.
What’s the answer to this? I don’t know. But I will say that I’m not going to fall prey to this us vs. them mentality. Vaccinated people are not my enemy. Even people who are pro-mandates are not my enemy. They are people who simply have a belief based on limited (and censored) information. I will do my best to reach out and educate. I will not hate. I will not take the bait.
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