Pulling Our Heart Strings to Bring Us Down: How the Enemy Within Uses Our Empathy Against Us

By Tim Murray | 2 September 2015
Population Institute Canada

(Photo: Antonio Parrinello / Reuters)
The population of Africa more than quadrupled from 1950 (230 million) to 2010 (1.2 billion) and the same goes for Iraq (1960 – 2010 from 7 to 32 million) and Syria (1960 – 2010 from 5 to 22 million). (Photo: Antonio Parrinello / Reuters)

“If anyone does not take care of his own relatives, especially his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” 1st Timothy 5:8

A year ago, I came very close to falling victim to a variant of the so-called “Grandparents Scam”. The scam works like this. Someone posing as your granddaughter or grandson, affecting distress, phones to tell you that he or she is in deep trouble in a distant land. She has been jailed for a given offence, and is too embarrassed to ask her parents for help. So she asks for your money. And you send it.

To pull it off, the scammer must make the victim feel that she is indeed a relative that you have lost touch with. That’s the first hurdle. But the second one is to convince the victim of the urgency of sending the money. You must act now before it is too late. Hurry.

Once the victim’s emotional button has been pressed, and there is little time to stop and think, sending a money order to her fake lawyer post haste is a likely response. In my case, two imposters—who should be given an Oscar for their performance—succeeded in making me believe that my nephew—whom I had not seen for years—was about to be sent to jail if money was not sent to his lawyer post haste. It is a long story, but I almost bought the pitch. Imagine, a ‘smart’ guy like me.

Following the phone call, I called the police, and was referred to the West Vancouver Police Department, and a certain constable who specializes in that scam. Why West Vancouver? Because it’s target rich. It has a very high density of rich grandparents and folks in my age category. Folks who want to leave a legacy, or do something for those in our family who need our help.

During the interview, the Constable revealed a very interesting fact. You don’t have to be a sucker or simpleton to fall for this scam. Some very intelligent and well-educated people, including retired doctors, engineers, architects and teachers have been taken in. Why?

The answer is that we are not rational creatures. When our emotions are fully engaged, they can instantly overwhelm our judgment. That, I think, is the case with the issue of refugees, or those sad, tearful and emaciated African kids that we see on the screen whenever World Vision is conducting a drive. “Just a dollar a day will allow little Akbar to eat and go to school.”

Of course, some people are more susceptible to this kind of emotional manipulation than others. Especially those who do not use the Left side of their brains to its full potential. Creative, Right-brain people typically cannot think in quantitative terms. They are governed by emotions, and ooze with “empathy”, which has become the buzzword of Pathological Altruism.

They are typically innumerate—and typically Left wing in their politics. They cannot deal in numbers. When they tell us that we must fund the Arts, or invest more in education or the health care system or daycare or outreach programs for under-represented minorities, they will not say how much. When they tell us that we must run a deficit to kick-start the economy, they will not say how much or when it will be paid down. When they tell us that we must accept more immigrants or refugees, they won’t tell us how many. They will only say “more”. And if they do give a figure, it is only provisional, a stepping stone to future solicitations. Their demands are always open-ended. The goal posts are always moving.

They are not numbers people because their emotions are in the driver’s seat, and they make a point of showcasing their “compassion”, especially those of them who are running for office. Slogans like “People before profits” and “The economy exists to serve the people, not the other way around” fit their mindset. When you want to appeal to emotions to win the day, it always useful to present a false antithesis.

That is why the Arts Community in Canada is almost uniformly in support of the NDP. And naturally, they drink from the trough of CBC Pravda, which presents itself as the voice of Canadian culture and artistic expression. If you see an NDP lawn sign, most likely you will see a “We Vote CBC” alongside of it.

It is therefore imperative that in order to mobilize the vast numbers of people who “think” in this fashion, the state media—and the social media—must frame the refugee debate in purely emotional terms. Pictures of desperate people, of tragedy being played out every day and every hour, must be front and centre of every news item on the subject. The tragedy must be given a human face.

However, those in the host countries who must move over for these migrants, or see their social safety net collapse from the burden, or face future job displacement from cheap labour, are left unseen by the cameras. There is no human face attached to their plight. The only images of them that we are permitted to see are those of angry demonstrators—laced with a few neo-Nazis for good measure—shouting outside of migrant reception areas. Nothing like tarring legitimate outrage with the Nazi brush to discredit their grievances.

State media and its clones have a game plan.

The discussion must not be allowed to stray into the cold territory of numbers, or resources. Viewers must not be confronted with the reality that Europe simply does not have the capacity to accommodate the numbers of people who seek sanctuary and residence within its borders. Or that so called ‘rich’ countries like Canada and the United States, propped up by fiat currency and pseudo purchasing power, cannot accept the hundreds of millions, and possibly billions of migrants who are anxious to flee poverty, famine or war. In short, viewers must not be allowed to understand the concept of limits.

If Western civilization is to be buried in an avalanche of migrants, its epitaph will be, “They died of misplaced empathy.” Empathy stoked up by photos and images, and channelled towards the outsider at the expensive of those within our ranks who are asked to sacrifice their space, their resources and their cultural heritage to serve the cause of “humanity”. Of course, those who would oppose this agenda are characterized as callous or selfish—or worse. But the issue is not one of compassion or lack thereof, but to whom compassion should be directed. Who should receive priority, them—or us, theirs—or ours?

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  1. They are not pulling at my heart strings, they are making me angry and resentful because they are leaving good homes in Turkey and are in search for more. We don’t want them but they are forcing themselves on us and they will never leave :(:(:( The evil left side are encouraging more and more.. I don’t know why they are doing this as these are not refugees anymore and have not been for 3 years

    There will be a civil war.

      • Here is one smart Country who know what is going on,
        and nobody will listen, they lived in slavery under Russian
        they know how it feels to be free, but don’t like to be invaded,
        what will be next??
        There is no help for careless and Country’s

    • How come it's predominately young fit looking males? Why aren't they staying behind to fight for their 'so called war zone' I know our young men and women would be defending our shores. We know why but unfortunately the left wing goody 2 shoes brains are wired differently and they get sucked in by heart string pulling footage.

      We're in trouble, big trouble and not sure what or who is ABLE to stop it. No one is game enough because the repercussions are horrendous.

      Glad I'm near the last years of my life but I fear for my children and grandchildren.!! Help, please stop this someone!!!

  2. I would agree with this article if it weren’t a completely OBSCENE LIE that the church has any power in the state. THEY DO NOT. The reason why they pander and use the church heartstrings is to keep the church pacified….so as not to protest. Yes we are still the majority in places like America but we are BURIED UNDER FALSE DOCTRINES to keep up the financial heist. WE ARE NOT RUNNING THE SHOW…..just pacified to not complain. http://www.sweetliberty.org/issues/hoax/#.Ve2lxzTF_Tp

  3. I have no words except to say I feel helpless, yes I have signed petitions, but in the end the gov run by Mr Cluck supposedly will do as they like. I am sick of feeling like a foreigner in my own country. I was born 61 yrs ago into GREAT BRITAIN, what happened to it, so sad. Churchill would be so ashamed. Oh yes, I do know now: the E.U. Lets get out now.

  4. Looks like the bible predictions are all coming to pass very fast, hopefully Jesus comes back soon. I'm a very compassionate person, but these people will destroy us in time

    • Could we have your proof that the Bible is nothing more than fire-side fables from other cultures and metaphors, and hearsay gossip from spurious accounts of various 'followers'' letters??.

    • instead of drawing the logical "religion is shit because it teaches crap"(dear ignorant, if you had read your own holy book, you would know that the old testament is 100% the same in the bible and quran and wouldn't try to differentiate between the two). conclusion, you make it a place to gloat about your "almost exact" religion :))


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