The Empathy Wars - Doug Wilson
Video: The Empathy Wars
In this episode, pastor Doug Wilson discusses the recent hubbub surrounding Joe Rigney and the Man Rampant episode, "The Sin of Empathy."
Empathy has multiple meanings
Sympathy and Empathy debate
is a Christian virtue
saving a someone by keeping one foot on the bank and reaching out to the drowning person
is sympathy a sin? saying this could be seen as provocative. Brene Brown attacked sympathy in her video. She criticized all sympathy, it drives people apart, is creates disconnection. So why can't we say empathy drives disconnection, disconnection from reality and facts on the ground. (They seem upset about this criticism and how it was done.)
Joe and I see empathy as problematic
is identifying completely with the person downing.
The sin of empathy is totally entering the other person
Being provocative with saying empathy is sin is a way to get at a real issue.
The Woke see feelings as autonomous and unquestionable by outside reality. versus we all have our own truths.
Joe says Empathy B is. If I am miserable, then you must be in sin.
Story, a woman was making accusations against someone else and they didn't add up. the counselor said, "this is her truth", but what is the truth Doug asks. (that is why there is a trial.) Social Justice demands the primacy of feelings and it's just about power. Feelings must be measured against social justice. justice is about power and what you can get away with. This starts with empathizing with people and their feelings and not trying to find out if it is true. It sounds good to say to believe all victims, or all women.
feelings versus facts
mobs versus courts
injustice or justice
damnation or salvation
Joe says, "we can grieve with others but not lose ourselves in the grief of others." putting someone else in your emotional drivers seat.
Joe says, "empathy is the parasitic version of sympathy. It is what sympathy looks like when it goes bad."