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Old 11th June 2014, 02:36 PM
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I've read a couple of things lately that give answers to some very troubling questions about politicians in general, and the Tories in particular.

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Why do politicians seem to lack empathy for the victims of their policies ?

How can politicians lie so easily ??

Why is bullying and ridicule so rife in parliament.???

Why are there so few women or working class politicians ????

The theory is this. . . .

Over three quarters of the Tory front bench are from boarding schools. These are single sex schools that take in pupils from the age of seven. These pupils (mainly boys) are taken from their parental home at a very young age. But they are forced to grow up very quickly because of the culture of these schools. They are taken from the nurturing safety of home and thrust into a world of competition. Not only do they have to adapt to the school rules, but also have to negotiate the sub culture of the boys themselves. Rules passed on from pupil to pupil through the generations. An elitist culture dominated by young males relies on dominance, competition and exploitation of weaknesses. To survive, the boys have suppress their weaknesses and sensitivities and develop an outer shell of bluff and competitiveness.

Some might suggest that it is a GOOD thing that these boys are given a crash course in growing up. We need strong leaders and this is how they are made. Boarding schools feed the establishment. The majority of politicians and judges, and army top brass, and civil servants are from boarding schools. We need these future leaders to have a head start on the rest, it's good that they grow up quicker than everyone else.

The problem with that is that there is a down side.

These boys grow up with absolutely no emotional intelligence whatsoever. They learn nothing about empathy, have no sensitivity, and see weakness as a liability. They have no understanding of the consequences of their decisions on ordinary people because of their extraordinary elitism.

To be taken from a nurturing environment, and thrust into the boarding school world of "lord of the flies" creates dysfunctional human beings who grow up emotionally stunted. They learn how to sneer at an early age.

Another reason why the "establishment" as it is represented in England, are the LAST people who should put in charge of anything because they are trying to create a society in their own image.
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Old 11th June 2014, 03:14 PM
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That may very well answer why British politicians are the way they are, but it wouldn't explain American politicians....as we don't really have many boarding schools. Our politicians tend to grow up in private schools...which have boys and girls...and they still get to live at home with their parents.

I think the best way to explain why politicians lie and hurt people without caring, is to simply say that they're so self-absorbed....and so willing to do anything it takes to get what they want, that they no longer listen to their conscience. Your conscience is there for a reason....to help you discern right from wrong. If you stop listening to it....at some point you lose that moral compass...and are no longer able to tell the difference between good and bad...and you can no longer empathize with others. It's a slippery slope. Not saying that all politicians are that bad, but many of them are on that path..heading that direction. I also think that's why some people murder and rape people without caring about their victims. Their consciences are as though they've been scorched with a hot iron. No longer able to tell right from wrong.
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What keeps normal people like me and you from hurting people, Jim? We have a moral compass.....that little inner-voice that says, "don't do that! It's wrong!" As long as you have that little something inside you, you're alright. Some people don't have that anymore....sadly....but it's their own fault.
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What keeps normal people like me and you from hurting people, Jim? We have a moral compass.....that little inner-voice that says, "don't do that! It's wrong!" As long as you have that little something inside you, you're alright. Some people don't have that anymore....sadly....but it's their own fault.
I think that is exactly right.

Why? Is open to interpretation. But my take on it is this. . . .

Once upon a time humans were controlled by superstition and religion. People were the "flock", a lumpen mass that were dictated to by divine right.

Then came a period of history called the "enlightenment".

This was the time of scientific discovery, empirical evidence and rationalism.

Since that time religious influence has declined.

But science alone doesn't supply a moral framework for its discoveries. In the past it was religion that controlled and tamed the savage beast in humans, without that how do we stop society from reverting back to animal savagery ??

It's NATURE that supplies the answer.

Human beings are problem solvers, and, like ants, are more successful in greater numbers (the most densely populated areas of the world are the most successful). So people need to be able to co operate with each other, it's the best way to guarantee survival.

Nature also wants us to co operate with each other, which is why we have language, and along with language comes self awareness.

That awareness means we instinctively know how other humans feel. We can consciously put ourselves in someone else's place. When we see another human being abused, we can imagine how they must feel.

The only single solitary commandment any of us need is "do unto others as you would have done to yourself".

The part of the brain that has developed most since this time is the part that controls empathy. The bit that gives us acute awareness of what it is to be an individual human. What we do to others we also do to ourselves. Which is why murder is such a terrible crime, and we give murderers life sentences to reflect on what they have done. You don't have to be religious to be wracked with guilt. Rationalism alone won't give us a moral direction, which is why nature has supplied us with the ability to REASON. It may be rational to want to kill your enemy. But it's REASONABLE not to do it.

Everyone is a unique individual , which is why every life is precious.

This empathy is what separates us from animals. A cow doesn't care about other cows because he doesn't even KNOW he's a cow. People have self awareness and an understanding that we are all the same under the skin. And the better we co operate with each other, the more successful we are as a species.

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