The Politically Incorrect Show - 19/08/1999
Music - Die Fledermaus
Good afternoon, Kaya Oraaa & welcome to the Politically Incorrect Show on the free speech network, Radio Pacific, for Thursday August 19, proudly sponsored by Tuariki Tobacco Ltd, the show that says bugger the politicians & bureaucrats & all the other bossyboot busybodies who try to run our lives with our money; that stands tall for free enterprise, achievement, profit, & excellence, against the state-worshippers in our midst; that stands above all for the most sacred thing in the universe, the liberty of the human individual.
Music up, music down!
One of the most revolting Politically Correct platitudes in my book is the word "caring." Not because I don't care, but because I do - & I know that those who truly care don't gush about it all the time. I also know that those who gush about it care for one thing only - forcing YOU to obey THEM. "I care about the poor. You should care about the poor. I'm entitled to take your money by force on behalf of the poor." Faced with that sort of dictatorial arrogance, my language becomes unbroadcastable.
The first thing to ask someone who gushes, "I care," is: "You care about what?" If the answer is that usual guff about the poor & the needy, run a mile, because the person's gun will come out faster than you can say "Alliance Retard." If the answer is something more general like, "I care about other people," press the point a little & ask, "More than you do about yourself?" In all likelihood, the person will answer, "Yes." In all likelihood, he's lying. And you should hope that he IS lying. For genuine benevolence towards other human beings is impossible to a person lacking in self-esteem. And self-esteem cannot be acquired on the basis of treating other people as more important in principle than oneself. "To say, 'I love you,' said Ayn Rand, "it is first necessary to know how to say the 'I.'" "The good man," said Aristotle, "is always a lover of self."
Note, this is not the pseudo-self-love of a braggart or a blowhard, always trying to impress ... other people! It is the sense of worth derived from identifying one's own values, striving after them, & even, on occasion, achieving them. If you have that, you care. Brother do you care - about yourself, your values, & other people who share & embody them. Every emotion you feel is as intense as the universe is vast - because it flows from the full weight of your most precious convictions.
I was prompted to these observations by a letter from a cancer-sufferer, Wayne, who phoned this programme the day of the Lyprinol discussion. "I am battling cancer at the moment, & know I shall win - too young to lie down & die at 45." Imagine the obscenity of saying to Wayne, "Well, don't get too carried away here - it's only YOUR life. YOU might think it's important, but it's not as important as everybody else's, & most other people haven't got cancer." That obscenity, folks, is what conventional morality, carried to its logical, explicit conclusion, would require us to utter.
Wayne goes on to say, "One of my greatest supports is my music, which seems to remove all stress from my life. I know that you are a lover of good music. Della Reese has for years been a favourite of mine. As you probably know, she is a black American now in her 60s. I couldn't sleep last night, so I put together this tape for your personal use. Hope you find time to listen to it, & enjoy the music as much as I do."
What touched me about this was that in one sense, Wayne doesn't know me from Adam, yet he spent all night making me a tape. In another, more important sense, he knows me extraordinarily well; knows my sense of life, because he shares it. That's WHY he spent all night making me a tape. To borrow the Politically Correct bromide and put it to good use - he cares about me because of what he cares about. And this is the only sort of caring I would care to be the object of.
Thank you, Wayne - and hang in there buddy!
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