I was pondering this morning on several responses I’ve read on posts. So many presumably intelligent people following a progression of bad to worse thinking. They do not understand the opposing arguments, and repeatedly deny any merits of the opposition, including basic humanity itself.
And then it dawned on me: the Social Justice Warriors are following the same course the stowaway followed in Tom Godwin’s The Cold Equations.
Facts are facts, and sometimes those facts are followed by hard limits.
In the story, a young girl stows away on a ship doing a supply run. The fuel for the run, which is very costly, is measured out precisely to allow the pilot a safe delivery and return. But then he discovers there is an added mass – a visitor – on board, and that added mass has already eaten up his reserve fuel. He confronts the girl, who calmly replies that when she found out she was taking supplies to the planet where her brother was located, she’d just hitch a ride. She wanted to see her brother, so she simply hitched a ride. Without asking anyone.
After all, she missed him, and hadn’t seen him in such a long time! Surely that wouldn’t be a problem, would it? Her reasoning – innocent, uncomplicated, and selfish – fell on horrified ears. What could he say? How could he tell her either she was condemned to die, ejected into cruel, unforgiving space to spew her lungs out in frozen spasms, or they both would die in a flaming crash that would also seal her brothers fate, since the supplies included a drug to save the workers from a nasty infection.
The pilot – like so many of us! – passed the responsibility to his superiors. They, unseen voices carried over radio waves, told her of her fate.
But she couldn’t, she wouldn’t believe it! How could they be so cruel to condemn her so! She only wanted to see her dear brother! But her arguments fell on implacable ears.
Then, in an act of cruel mercy, she was allowed to call the planet, to let her brother know she was aboard. He, familiar with the chilling laws of physics, immediately realized she was condemned. His anguished cry tore from his throat and he raged against limits he could not – no one could – overpower.
Then, all recourse gone, the girl was gone. Sacrificed because she could not understand that she must die, in order for her brother, and many others, to live.
The facts that Social Justice Warriors face are not the cold, implacable equations of physics. but those of economics. People simply will not purchase stories they don’t like. A teaching story, as many of them seem to prefer, is not an enjoyable story. Especially since they never seem to learn the lesson of Mary Poppins: A teaspoon of sugar helps the medicine go down.
Social commentators like Orwell, Lewis, Huxley and others knew they were preaching a message, but still attempted to make the message palatable by using popular fiction techniques. It was a story with a message, not a message with a point.
Even other popular writers of the same era – I’m thinking Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, Bellamy’s Looking Backward: 2000 – 1887, and Heinlein’s Starship Troopers – knew that to send a message it had to be receivable. If no one wanted to read it, they wouldn’t.
And this is the message Human Wave authors and those who support that position keep trying to tell the Socially Conscience group. Make your message enjoyable to read, and you’ll get people to read it.
As my mother used to say: You’ll catch more flies with sugar than with vinegar.
SJW’s are facing a harsh death, but they are running into concrete limitations. And they complain when we say there’s a wall in the way