Why do people look to the mental states of person rather
than the outcomes the person produces?
Part of this comes from religious superstition. The Bible provides that: “But to the one who
does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is
reckoned as righteousness.” Rom. 4:5. Most of the motivation comes from the need
Everyone wants to think of himself as a good person. “I’m a good person.” “I mean well.” In our society, that lie works.
Use the n-word but welcome blacks into your home. You’re a racist. Talk about how much you love black people,
but go years without having a black guest into you’re home. You’re not racist.
In reality, the average flyover country red neck is less
racist than your typical coastal liberal.
I know. I’ve worked in junk yards
and law firms. I’ve worked with poor
white trash and rich liberal scum. The
rich liberals win the racism war. That
truth is hidden by leaves because coastal liberals say they love blacks. Mental states control.
Mental states control our view of charity. I’ve found a great way to not get invited to
dinner with people. I was at lavish
dinner with a bunch of do-gooder liberals.
They kept talking about the poor.
Oh, they feel so sorry for the poor!
They wept over chateau de whatever wine.
Unable to withstand the hypocrisy any longer, I said, “We
talk about the poor, yet the check for this dinner will be over $600. Why not order a few less bottles of wine,
donating the savings to charity?”
silence. Evil looks.
Well, why didn’t we?
Why are we spending money on food we don’t need (and that has probably made us obese) when there are poor people who don’t
have anything to eat? The answer is that
we’re cruel-hearted bitches and bastards focusing on our self-indulgence. God save the person who tells us that!
Consider the irony of rich people talking about their love
for the poor. How can you drive a
Mercedes when people are starving? How
can you drink $5 lattes when there are homeless people? If you really cared about the poor, you would
live a modest life. You would drive a
used car, brew your own coffee, and wear simple clothing. You’d strike the balance between a vow of
poverty and life of excess.
You would if you actually cared rather than pretended to
So how do we avoid those uncomfortable and inconvenient
It’s easy. Elevate mental
states over outcomes.
Thus, a person who has done fuck-all for the poor can feel
good about himself. “Well, I care about
the poor. Inside my little mind is all
of this love and compassion for them.”
Anyone who mentions that mental states are irrelevant will be
mocked. “No, no, no. You just don’t get it. Sure I make six-figures and live in an
all-white neighborhood. I give less than 1% of my salary to charity. None of that
matters. I care about people.”
Elevating mental states over outcomes let’s use feel good about ourselves for no good reason at all.