Parochial and Pathological Altruism

By Lucio Saverio Eastman

The policies, reactions, lockdowns, social distancing, mask mandates, and unmitigated disaster inflicted on human progress and flourishing is staggering. It’s easy to recognize how this altruistic notion of protecting others has crossed the fine line into pathology. It may have even gone a step further into parochial or pathological altruism.

At some point all individuals have to deal with their own cognitive dissonances and the gaslighting they’ve endured at the hands of the State and other pathological and parochial agents, altruist or otherwise. These revelations are much harder to recognize in the self and so much easier to recognize in others. Outward projection is a deflection of individual responsibility onto the collective in-group or out-group. Inward reflection is individual recognition and ownership of responsibility.

Originally published at Brownstone Institute. Read the full article here.