The one comes via WRSA. Bottom line: weaponized empathy is the primary tactic that the statist-left uses to advance its cause.
What is Weaponized Empathy? It is the deliberate hijacking of your own moral standards, your ability to empathize with your fellow man, in order to force you to serve someone else’s narrative. It is, in essence, a highly sophisticated form of guilt-tripping designed to turn you into a slave.
You might consider it an evolution of the Alinsky tactic of forcing the enemy to live up to their own moral standards. But it goes beyond that. It forces an enemy to embrace your moral standards or suffer tremendous peer pressure and socially-engineered “justice” at the whims of the mob.
Read the whole thing, understand it, and learn to recognize when it is being used against you.
Vox Day’s thoughts on the concept of Dialectic versus Rhetoric in Chapter 10 of SJWs Always Lie are also highly relevant:
In his book Rhetoric, which is said to be “the most important single work on persuasion ever written,” the Greek philosopher Aristotle divides the art of persuasion into two distinct forms, dialectic and rhetoric, concerning which he makes a very important observation. I can’t stress enough how vital this observation is, or how helpful it is to make the effort to understand it and take it to heart:
“Before some audiences not even the possession of the exactest knowledge will make it easy for what we say to produce conviction. For argument based on knowledge implies instruction, and there are people whom one cannot instruct.”
“There are people whom one cannot instruct.” One of Man’s greatest thinkers, a brilliant teacher who tutored one of history’s greatest generals, Alexander the Great, knew that there were people even he could not teach. He didn’t say it was difficult to get through to them, he didn’t say it would take a long time to instruct them, he simply concluded that it could not be done, at least not with mere knowledge.
However, he went on to point out that it is possible to convince them to change their minds, only that one cannot do so by presenting them with knowledge. Instead, it is necessary to manipulate them, to play upon their emotions, in order to get them to change their minds. He even provided detailed instructions on how to go about communicating with these people who make decisions on the basis of their feelings rather than their logical capacities.
As you can probably guess, SJWs fall squarely into the category of people who cannot be instructed and cannot be convinced by knowledge. This is the key to understanding their astonishing ability to cling to their Narrative in the face of evidence that obliterates it as well as their insistence on clinging to it even as it shifts and contradicts itself. The reason SJWs can believe seven impossible and mutually contradictory things before breakfast is their inability to be instructed by knowledge; as long as each of those seven things happens to be in line with whatever their emotions are at the moment, the SJW will not see the inherent contradictions that thinking people do.
Scott Adams also subscribes to this idea, noting that people are almost never persuaded on the basis of logic or reason, but based on their own skewed interpretation of how the world functions. Attempting to use reason to persuade someone who is incapable of using reason will not result in a fruitful or productive conversation.