The West’s Savior Complex

Embed from Getty Images   Changing is hard:  A new diet, quitting smoking, or starting to working out all require a lot of effort and usually end in failure.  Now imagine (or recall from your experience, if you’re one of the pitiable who’ve tried) how hard it is to change someone else.  Often the person who so needs saving simply won’t allow it. Contrary to this experience, the painfully naïve notion that we can predictably fix everyone (including the morally depraved) has corrupted much of our justice system in recent decades. Of course, we’re perfectly rational to want to change bad people; I suspect that throughout all of human existence, good people have encouraged bad people to reform.  The difference […]