Friday, April 01, 2005

"Compassion Facists" On the March

PJ O’Rourke once described left winger groups such as PETA as "compassion fascists". But, the Shrivro case recently illustrated, such a definition fits the Religious Right as well.
On the surface, this whole idea of "compassion fascists"may sound contradictory. But not really. Fascists, after all, are nothing if not crusaders, trying to impose their authority upon the world by force.
Zealots on both the left and right are trying to onerously impose their own personal sentiments and moral beliefs on the world, whether the world wants it or not.
What the animal rights and pro-life movements have in common is the underlying fear of death. But what is death, but an inevitable part of the cycle of exsistance?
Many indegious societies, and our distant ancestors seemed more accepting of this fact. But, in the modern world, we are bit removed from the realities of the natural world.
And in the end, human sentiment and belief may have little place in either nature or the universe.


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