As we know life is nasty, brutish and short, regardless of or in regard to Leviathan, and our fleeting and fragile happiness and joy will be ended permanently by death. Atheists such as epicureans expect non-existence like a dreamless sleep; people with a belief in the afterlife expect something better or worse. If our happiness, pleasure, and enjoyment end, so will our suffering. For many death is sweet release.
For some creatures however there is a fate worse than death. Their own biology is hijacked, and they are alive, but their body and mind serve another, and they may as well be dead, and would be better off dead.
The term “cuck” as in cuckold is a now-common insult for conservatives. The term comes from the cuckoo bird, which like the cowbird is a “brood parasite”, that is it tricks other birds into raising its offspring. The cuckoo or cowbird lays its egg in another bird’s nest. It may puncture the other bird’s eggs to kill them. If not, the larger cuckoo chick pushes the other chicks out of the nest so it gets all the food. Targeted birds have some ability to distinguish their own eggs, but once the cuckoo hatches it takes all the food through a combination of aural and visual stimulation.
Greg Cochran posted on a crab parasite, called Sacculina, that invades the crab through it joints and stops its reproductive system. It then forms an egg sac on the bottom of the crab, and forces the crab to care for its eggs and larvae. If the crab is male it makes the male’s body grow wider, like a female crab’s body, to make more room for the egg sac. The crab’s behavior becomes female as well.
Neither the bird nor the crab can understand or prevent it, but they have been harnessed by hostile forces and seriously harmed or destroyed. Being animals they have no mind to understand, fortunately for them, but with humans this is not true and should not happen. And yet we have white evangelicals “adopting” black embryos, and not simply raising a parasitic brood, but actually gestating them.
Parasitic peoples- particularly Africans and Moslems- hijack resources by stimulating a need to care in vulnerable people. The parasite appears helpless, and when advantageous makes a presentation or show of helplessness to stimulate resource provision. People totally helpless before this phenomenon even interpret aggressive behavior as helplessness.
Whether progressive charity is cynical or not is debatable. We hear a lot about “signaling” and certainly preaching the necessity for others to provide charity while not providing it yourself or profiting from it is cynical. But too many people profess this belief for it to be solely cynical, and vast numbers who sincerely believe these things are harmed by them.
I argued to Bruce Charlton once that progressives really want to harm others, but he said they are often harmed directly- according to him young progressive women from Britain who go on aid tours are frequently raped. The lower-class white neighborhood being destroyed while the progressive neighborhood remains intact is an old story, but these people are frequently harmed by minority crime also.
Having your resources taken is the way of the world, but having your body and mind taken over and drained is the stuff of horror movies. If only it were only a movie……..