One of the first things any man learns in the Manosphere is to assess a woman’s character based not on her words, but on her actions. Of course this principle applies to anybody, and it reflects a great Biblical Truth: Ye shall know them by their fruits.
This perspective mirrors that of the K reproductive strategy, for in a harsh environment of limited resources, we’re required to observe the actions of others to determine who we can trust. The most unethical and unreliable idiot on the planet may be amazingly gifted with words, but words don’t bring in much of a harvest.
The trust that everything will work out for the best, the faith in the smooth-talker, is limited to those of disposition r. When belief is what heats your home in the winter, he who inspires belief is obviously the best leader.
Moreover, we know who we can trust based on how much somebody cares. Somebody who cares believes in the right things, and if they believe in the right things, we’ve no need to pay any attention to “their fruits”.
If any of you doubt my analysis, I present to you a Matthew Lynch, Ed. D., author of “12 Reasons Why Obama Is One of the Best Presidents Ever” (admittedly an extreme example, but don’t blame me, blame HuffPo’s racial quotas). Of his “12 Reasons”, all twelve begin with “He is for…” Reasons 1, 2, 5, 7, and 12 make no reference to achievement whatsoever. He has “spoken on behalf of the disenfranchised, the underdog and the most controversial members of society” (his “excellent example” of gay marriage being a flip-flop), gave a speech in support of the middle class, and “is one cool cat” in how he relates to Americans. “[H]e cares about what is best for the greater good”, “ha[s] always been motivated by a sincere desire to do what is best for the majority”, and “there is something about him that makes him real and relatable”. He has “promoted”, “never lost sight of”, and “has been an advocate for” wonderful people and things.
“In just a few short years, Obama’s professional achievements and continued demonstration of equality and integrity have done wonders for race relations. America has never been more unified as a people than it has been under the direct leadership of Barack Obama.”
He’s passed laws that “demonstrate care and compassion toward its constituents with healthcare that serves all” (especially all those folks getting cancellation letters), “the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African-Americans and the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics to ensure equal education for people of color”, and “a bill specifically designed to annihilate wage discrimination barriers for women”, “fully funded the Violence Against Women Act, which addresses the criminality of sexual assault and domestic violence and provides women with the services needed to overcome such atrocities”, “has set a goal for the U.S. to have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020”, “has increased federal funding and doubled the amount of grant money allocated to students seeking a higher education to cover rising tuition costs” (thus inflating the higher education bubble), and “was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009”.
Again, he conflates goal-setting, award-winning, increasing federal funding, and passing laws intended to accomplish noble ends as actual achievements.
Yet despite his emphasis on Obama’s speeches and intentions in making him “is one of the best presidents EVER”, he manages to sneak in an actual accomplishment or two. “Obama nominated two women to the Supreme Court, including the first Latina justice in American history” (lefty women ruling the same idiotic ways as lefty men), “reduced oil imports by more than 10 percent from 2010 – 2011” (which happened despite his policies), “ended” the wars in Iraq (for us, for now) and Afghanistan (after almost tripling US deaths compared to Bush) and some sort of environmental accomplishments he references with a broken link.
Eat your heart out, George Washington. Obama got bin Laden!
Calling Out the Nonsense
In dealing with lefties, this emphasis on intention is a flaw in their reasoning that I consider to be an incredibly important leverage point. All too often we get defensive when they claim that we don’t care as much as they do, and we let them get away with the erroneous assumption that wanting to do good somehow equals actually doing good. Whether it’s the War on Poverty or Obamacare, you’ll find that their defense of disastrous programs is akin to “that law was intended to help…”, with the implication that their good intentions somehow ameliorate the disasters that follow.
This isn’t exactly a rhetorical technique, but it’s something important to keep in the back of your mind when talking to them. They assume that noble=effective, and almost never are they actually called on it. So what if your policies were meant to help the poor, here on planet Earth they made things worse. We’ve no right to wreck real people’s lives just so you can feel good about yourself.
Listen to lefties, and you’ll continuously hear references to intention. Fortunately, as we’re seeing with the reaction to the Obamacare rollout, most people stop caring quite so much about how much you care for them once it’s been shown to them that you’re driving them straight to hell.
So when you hear somebody defend something based on how much whatever politician cares, call them on it.
One of the left’s ostensibly favorite Bible verses is Matthew 7:1, “Judge not, that ye be not judged”. Yet every time you hear them wail about how their opponents hate poor people (which is a lot), they violate it, and we can use this as a defense. After all, can they really know who we hate?
Although we assume that “judge not” just applies to negative judgments, it also applies to positive ones, to giving somebody the benefit of the doubt before he or she deserves it. We simply can’t see into another person’s soul, and trusting a silver-tongued knave with our economy can bring judgment our way just as swiftly and severely as unjustly condemning the innocent.
Which is why we’re told to know people by their fruits, by what we can observe, by their results. We’re instructed to heed each other’s fruits for worldly matters and leave the questions of intention and purity of soul up to God.
Leftism does the opposite.