Thursday's HOT MIC
Slate went super Slate-y today. First, there is this viral video of a man stopping to save a rabbit from one of the many California wild fires that are making me feel as if I have black lung disease.
Man saves bunny...what's not to like, right?
Well, one of the little perma-grumps at Slate found something.
But it is irresponsible to spread this video widely and cast him as a hero. If he had caught fire, wouldn’t the bystanders or people in cars passing by have had to help him? Doing so would have put them at risk, too. Several people could have ended up injured or worse because he tried to save a (wild!) rabbit. Or what if no one felt safe enough to help, and he was severely burned or died as a result? The people who were nearby would have likely felt tremendous guilt, possibly for the rest of their lives. Either way, it could have required response from emergency services that are already stretched thin.
It's an understatement to say that progressives aren't inherently happy people. They spend their wretched days on the lookout for injustices, rarely finding them, then just making some up. Even for the progs though, the leap from "man performs random act of kindness to an animal" to "OMG, EVERYBODY WILL CATCH HIS KINDNESS DISEASE AND BURN TO DEATH!" is quite fantastical.
It would be rather nice if we lived in a world where acts of kindness are infectious, but let's be serious here, people. This isn't that world. It's probably not going to be that world anytime soon. Be nice to someone if you can. You probably won't be consumed in an inferno.