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blackbootz  ·  374 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What happened when Walmart left

    This is literally liberal disaster porn

I agree. I've been thinking a lot about what Paul Bloom said on the dangers of empathy. Unmitigated empathy--vicariously feeling the emotional state of these people who got the shitty end of a shitty stick--seems like a moral good. It can be a way to marshal motivation or to signal your other-centeredness. But it burns you the fuck out. It blinkers you to things knowable, like the death of an individual you learn the name of, at the expense of things unknown. A thousand deaths is just a statistic, even though objectively a far worse thing than an individual death.