You’ve probably read the news stories about the LGBT rights lawyer, 60-year old David Buckel, who set himself on fire in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park on Saturday. If not, you can read about it here and/or here.
According to The New York Times, attorney Buckel set himself on fire to protest the usage of fossil fuels. He believed fossil fuels are killing planet earth. To my knowledge, he never gave much thought to how the 7.6 billion people on earth would survive without fossil fuels. I don’t think he ever imagined how the earth’s inhabitants would live on without fossil fuels. Maybe he didn’t care about that.
Buckel was a social justice warrior of the first degree. Some social justice warriors are so intoxicated by their strange beliefs they think it would be a good thing if all of humanity were wiped from the earth. They believe that mother earth would then repair herself from the awful damage done to her by humans.
During the Viet Nam War era American television audiences were shown graphic videos of Buddhist Monks burning themselves alive with gasoline. Self-immolation as political protest has a long history in the annals of the human condition.
Quang Duc was nothing like today’s SJWs in America. Quang’s personal life had fallen to a low ebb and the Diem government in South Viet Nam was largely responsible. South Viet Nam President Ngo Dinh Diem had advanced the agenda of the country’s Catholic minority and discriminated against Buddhist monks.
Unlike David Buckel who enjoyed a life or relative prosperity and success, Quang had a bona fide grievance and a sense of personal hopelessness. His life was a tragedy not of his own making.
SJWs in America are not suffering personal oppression except in their own minds. No one is holding them down. As a group they enjoy a higher than average socio-economic standing. The LGBT rights movement has empowered its followers to inflict suffering on others who have done nothing to deserve any of it. They can destroy the lives and fortunes of bakers who have done nothing to hurt them besides failing to celebrate their homosexuality and their desire to mutilate their bodies in pursuit of a sex-change fantasy. Tolerance is not enough for these very intolerant people. They demand that we celebrate them.
Here is something David Buckel wrote:
“Pollution ravages our planet, oozing inhabitability via air, soil, water and weather,” Buckel wrote the Times in an email. “Most humans on the planet now breathe air made unhealthy by fossil fuels, and many die early deaths as a result — my early death by fossil fuel reflects what we are doing to ourselves.”
“A life of privilege requires actions to balance the harm caused, and the greater the privilege, the greater the responsibility,” Buckel added.
“For if one does not leave behind a world better for having lived in it, all that remains are selfish ends, sometimes wrapped in family or nation.”
Of those three paragraphs by David Buckel, Susan Wright has this to say:
That’s every social justice primer ever written, compressed into 3 neat paragraphs.
I’m not making light of the man’s death, but if your liberalism drives you to this level of attention seeking, then it’s not just liberalism, any more. It’s a destructive form of narcissism and a disconnect from reality.
Long before David Buckel’s body was consumed in fire his mind was polluted with radical political beliefs and a distorted perception of reality. That’s what really killed him.
David Buckel was an activist lawyer for LGBT rights. Nothing I’ve read reveals his own sexual orientation and it’s of no interest to me anyway. I’m perfectly happy with everyone being whatever they want to be. But they have no right to inflict injury on others in a misguided attempt to advance their cause.