Friday, March 14, 2008

2nd Banality of Sounding Smart Award

This deserves another Banality of Sounding Smart Award.

First, the facts:

The Guardian, Wednesday March 21 2007: A "sadistic" foster mother was found guilty yesterday of subjecting three children in her care to a horrifying catalogue of physical and mental abuse over 20 years.

Eunice Spry, 62, beat the children with sticks and metal bars, scrubbed their skin with sandpaper and forced them to eat lard, bleach, vomit and even their own faeces.

Now, I don't know about you, but I find that conduct evil and that woman evil (unless she is insane rather than psychopathic). Hold the applause, please. It takes no rocket scientist to see that ;-)

But if you want to sound smart, like an intellectual, you must pull this stunt (See the 9:09 anonymous comment). Like David Wilson, professor of criminology at the University of Central England in Birmingham and author of Serial Killers: Hunting Britons and Their Victims, 1960-2006:

The Guardian, March 21, 2007: We are all child-haters

Sadistic foster mother Eunice Spry is no different to the rest of us - she reflects a culture that despises young people. ...Children in this country are routinely battered, raped, abused and all-too-regularly murdered. ...Yet, in the same way that Spry's case seems to be being reported to exonerate the rest of us, so too these simple, awful criminological realities get hidden in notions of "stranger danger" (surely the worst ever aphorism in our public policy), and predatory paedophiles stalking playgrounds waiting to abduct our children. And whilst this does - very occasionally - happen, we consistently choose to ignore the all-too-banal source of the overwhelming reality of child battery, abuse and murder - parents.

Hear that echo? It's the old "banality of evil" buzzword being used to make both evil and the evildoer not evil...just banal = trivial and commonplace, like us the unwashed masses.

This banal intellectual closes thus:

Eunice Spry is no different to the rest of us - she merely reflects a culture which has increasingly become, at best, intolerant of young people and at worst child-hating.

Via Normblog in No different from hot air in which he responds to Wilson's "fatuous" statement:

I assume that the academic discipline David Wilson professes in contains intellectual resources which would have enabled him to make his point about parental violence against children without the absurd overstatement and the slur on all those who love and cherish their children.

This nonsense is part of the poisoned fruit of the condependency tree. The monstrous theory has been stretched into the widespread belief among the "experts" that child abuse is banal because nearly all parents abuse their children, making virtually everyone codependent, which is the cause of any negative emotions we experience in adulthood.

Otherwise, we'd blithlely never feel a slight or offense, you see. Nothing would make us feel sad or angry. So, whatver some jerk just said to you isn't what makes you angry today: it's your mother several times having been too busy to read you a story when you were four.

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5 Comments:

At 9:02 AM, Blogger So, what IS in a heart? said...

The reason why evil is considered so "banal" is because such mentalities are more common that people like. Plus, doesn't it always look like they went to the same school?

No, she is NOT like "us", she's like the most extreme cases of those who choose evil.

 
At 11:22 AM, Blogger Kathy said...

Exactly.

And while people like this are more common than we wish to admit, they certainly aren't "banal."

"Banal" means "trivial and commonplace."

The evil this woman perpetrated is anything but banal. So, it's absurd to call it banal. Doing so also trivializes what she did.

This woman herself is anything but banal. So, it's absurd to call her banal.

This leftist/academic clown just goes off at the mouth exaggerating to the max by saying the entire British nation is just as bad as she is = she is no worse than anyone else. Typical leftist grossly overstated hogwash.

This "banality of evil" meme began in the 1960s with an expert coining the phrase in a book about the heinous Nazi crimes against humanity by Adolf Eichmann.

Those crimes were anything but banal. Eichmann was anything but banal. And it was absurd to call them that.

That trivialized them.

This is the literati's way of making no one evil by making everyone (except their kind) evil in order to do away with evil. As George Orwell would say, "You'd have to be an intellectual to think that."

Also, as Norm Geras says (and he's a Leftist himself) that's a bum wrap put on the common man - a bum wrap put by the clericalism of the learned on the unwashed masses.

See the other posts in the category for a fuller explanation.

 
At 12:23 AM, Anonymous Barbara said...

I was quite upset recently to read that Alan Dershowitz used a similar "banality of evil" argument to sanitize the actions of Former NY Gov. Eliot Spitzer under the "many powerful men do it" umbrella. And then he tacked on a couple subtle pros for the legalization of prostitution.

I liked Spitzer - but he did need to step down - he was a massive hypocrite. But don't try and tell me that the fact that everyone does it makes it OK? Goes back to the old saw of "if everyone jumped off a bridge would that make jumping off a bridge ok?"

Ugh.

Brilliant as always Kathy. This award should be right up there with the Darwin awards.

 
At 1:14 AM, Blogger Kathy said...

Didn't he have everybody fooled with that crusader act? It irks me to hear people make it banal by minimizing it to "sex." The worst things don't get much press. Like signing into that hotel under the name of a close friend and benefactor. What a putrid thing to do. What kind of crud tries to frame a friend and benefactor? They'd better go back and make sure he didn't steamroll innocent people into prison. Then the prostitute had to immediately call in and report whether he was "difficult" this time. You know what that means. Then there was using state police to spy on a political opponent. Talk about a police state. Now he says he's gotta "heal." Gag me with a spoon. I don't know what's the matter with people when shockingly bad stuff like that goes right over their heads and they think he's just "human" and had a stumble on the straight and narrow. I guess they don't want to admit that they've been had by a con artist.

 
At 9:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So this intellectual thinks it is normal for parents to force-feed children lard, bleach, vomit and feces?

I have never done this. I have never known any parent who has done this. This is not normal. The intellectual is warped.

 

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