Dietrich Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri Performed by Maria Cristina Kiehr, Rosa Dominguez, Andreas Scholl, Gerd Türk, Ulrich Messthaler, Chiara Banchini & Schola Cantorum Basiliensis Directed by René Jacobs

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The Dark Side of Empathy

Virtue signalling under the scientific lens — Does Empathy Have A Dark Side? An excerpt:

My core argument here is that in many cases of altruistic help or humanitarian aid, people actually don’t really empathize as much with the person in need. They identify more with the helper, the hero, the person who intervenes even if it’s an imaginary helper.

It can be good when it leads to good action, but it can have downsides. For example, if you want the victims to say ‘thank you.’ You may even want to keep the people you help in that position of inferior victim because it can sustain your feeling of being a hero.

Cue Flannery O’Connor:

If other ages felt less, they saw more, even though they saw with the blind, prophetical, unsentimental eye of acceptance, which is to say, of faith. In the absence of this faith now, we govern by tenderness. It is a tenderness which, long cut off from the person of Christ, is wrapped in theory. When tenderness is detached from the source of tenderness, its logical outcome is terror. It ends in forced-labor camps and in the fumes of the gas chamber.

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Local Story Makes American Renaissance News Feed

May justice be served in this kerfuffle over “Martin Luther Coon King Jr. Park” — Meteorologist Jeremy Kappell Files Lawsuit over Being Fired After ‘Racial Slur’.

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William Byrd’s Ne Irascaris Domine & Civitas Sancti Tui Sung by VOCES8

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Our Local Cistercians

In the news — Abbey known for Monks’ Bread welcomes visitors with new store, ‘great peace and silence’.

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Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Leçon de Ténèbres Performed by Les Talens Lyriques, Directed by Christoph Rousset

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The Paranoid Style in American Liberal Politics

A “Yale historian warns about the risk of totalitarianism under Trump” — The Bleak Prophecy of Timothy Snyder. “That’s great for selling books — but scholars are alarmed.” More:

In short, Snyder has captured a mood. If you’re a liberal freaked out by Trump, Snyder is the dark prophet you’ve been waiting for. If you tend to believe that the worst might happen, Snyder is here to confirm your fears.

Yet he’s also stoked an increasingly vocal backlash…. In The Nation, Sophie Pinkham called The Road to Unfreedom “the apotheosis of a certain paranoid style that has emerged among liberals in Trump’s wake.” Snyder’s relentless hammering at Trump’s connection to Russia and the dangers Putin poses has raised doubts even among those inclined to be sympathetic to his overall reading of the crises confronting democracies. “There’s a certain danger in politics in crying wolf too many times,” says the Princeton historian David A. Bell.

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