Fill the Space of Your Soul or Something Else Will (UPDATED)

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Fill the Space of Your Soul or Something Else Will (UPDATED)

by baldilocks

Nature abhors a vacuum.

–Aris­to­tle

Evil, run­nin’ through our brain,
we and evil’s about the same.
Bad blood through our body flows,
where’s the love nobody knows.

Evil –Earth, Wind and Fire

Mark Steyn’s offer­ings are always worth your while, but this one is out­stand­ing.

In between [the Las Vegas, NV and Suther­land Springs, TX mas­sacres], some guy went Allahu Akbar on a Man­hat­tan bike path and killed eight peo­ple. Within five days, the usual psy­cho mis­fit loner from the

teem­ing swamps of loser­dom man­aged to make a proud Uzbek Sol­dier of Allah look like a know-​nothing piker who can’t even rack up a third of the corpse count of some schlub with an unknown griev­ance against a town of 400 peo­ple. Some global caliphate you got there, Sayfullo.

A repub­lic requires virtue, and the decline of virtue is accom­pa­nied nec­es­sar­ily by the decline of the con­cept of evil, and its sub­sti­tu­tion by excul­pa­tory analy­sis of the “motives” of evil. A more use­ful con­ver­sa­tion would be on what it takes to remove the most basic soci­etal inhi­bi­tion — includ­ing the instinc­tive revul­sion that would pre­vent most of us from tak­ing the lives of strangers, includ­ing in this case eighteen-​month-​old babies. That inhi­bi­tion is weaker in the dar al-​Islam, because of Islam’s insti­tu­tional con­tempt for “the other” (unbe­liev­ers) but also because of the rewards promised in the after­life. Thus, vio­lence is sanc­tioned by par­adise. That is the pre­cise inver­sion of our soci­ety, and yet the weak­en­ing of inhi­bi­tion seems to be pro­ceed­ing here, too. A church sealed off by yel­low police tape: a shame­ful and aston­ish­ing sight, and yet one senses that it will nei­ther shame nor aston­ish us for long, that some­thing else will come along to make the records books and dis­tract a cou­ple of news cycles. (…)

Texas offi­cials now believe they have their “motive” — in their words, “a domes­tic sit­u­a­tion going on in this

fam­ily”; in my words, “the black void at the heart of the act”.

As I implied here, I think that there is no motive for this kind of thing that nor­mal peo­ple would under­stand. How­ever, as I think more about this, there is no void in the souls of peo­ple who do this. Oh, very likely, there once was. But some­thing filled up the empty space of those souls and whis­pered into their ears: “Do this thing. You’ll feel bet­ter and all your trou­bles will be over.”

That’s what I think.

More in a bit at my place. I will post an update here.

UPDATE: Sort of related. Why Non-​Christians Don’t Under­stand Chris­t­ian Prayer.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel ten­ta­tively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Fol­low her on Twit­ter and on Gab​.ai.

Please con­tribute to Juliette’s JOB: Her new novel, her blog, her Inter­net to keep the lat­ter going and COF­FEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Inde­pen­dent Journalism!

by baldilocks

Nature abhors a vacuum.

–Aristotle

Evil, runnin’ through our brain,
we and evil’s about the same.
Bad blood through our body flows,
where’s the love nobody knows.

Evil –Earth, Wind and Fire

Mark Steyn’s offerings are always worth your while, but this one is outstanding.

In between [the Las Vegas, NV and Sutherland Springs, TX massacres], some guy went Allahu Akbar on a Manhattan bike path and killed eight people. Within five days, the usual psycho misfit loner from the

teeming swamps of loserdom managed to make a proud Uzbek Soldier of Allah look like a know-nothing piker who can’t even rack up a third of the corpse count of some schlub with an unknown grievance against a town of 400 people. Some global caliphate you got there, Sayfullo.

A republic requires virtue, and the decline of virtue is accompanied necessarily by the decline of the concept of evil, and its substitution by exculpatory analysis of the “motives” of evil. A more useful conversation would be on what it takes to remove the most basic societal inhibition – including the instinctive revulsion that would prevent most of us from taking the lives of strangers, including in this case eighteen-month-old babies. That inhibition is weaker in the dar al-Islam, because of Islam’s institutional contempt for “the other” (unbelievers) but also because of the rewards promised in the afterlife. Thus, violence is sanctioned by paradise. That is the precise inversion of our society, and yet the weakening of inhibition seems to be proceeding here, too. A church sealed off by yellow police tape: a shameful and astonishing sight, and yet one senses that it will neither shame nor astonish us for long, that something else will come along to make the records books and distract a couple of news cycles. (…)

Texas officials now believe they have their “motive” – in their words, “a domestic situation going on in this

family”; in my words, “the black void at the heart of the act”.

As I implied here, I think that there is no motive for this kind of thing that normal people would understand. However, as I think more about this, there is no void in the souls of people who do this. Oh, very likely, there once was. But something filled up the empty space of those souls and whispered into their ears: “Do this thing. You’ll feel better and all your troubles will be over.”

That’s what I think.

More in a bit at my place. I will post an update here.

UPDATE: Sort of related. Why Non-Christians Don’t Understand Christian Prayer.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Follow her on Twitter and on Gab.ai.

Please contribute to Juliette’s JOB:  Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism!