An article in Taki’s Magazine refers to some human beings as “The Unsalvageables“. Here’s an excerpt.
Some of you might remember Anthony Stokes. He was a 15-year-old DeKalb County, Ga., hood rat with a bum ticker who kept getting passed over for a heart transplant because of his “high risk” lifestyle, which included burglary, weapons charges, arson, and neglecting to take his prescribed meds.
Seeing how donor hearts aren’t found on trees (or in Dollar Trees), doctors were reluctant to give a young crime lord in training one of the precious organs. So Anthony’s granmoms or auntie or whoever the hell was raising him went to the local civil rights shysters screaming racism. Social justice gorgon Tara Culp-Ressler, managing editor of ThinkProgress, ginned up a media campaign, which soon went national. Anthony was given his heart transplant in record time by doctors who were basically told, “Perform this operation or you’re Mengele.”
Anthony Stokes was now armed with a new, healthy heart with a kickin’ beat. He was also armed with a variety of handguns, one of which he used on an old lady whose front door he kicked in during a brazen home-invasion robbery. After shooting at his elderly victim but missing, Tony carjacked a passerby, ran over a pedestrian, and lost control of the vehicle, smashing full-speed into a SunTrust Bank sign, closing his personal account for good.
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… one of the ugliest truths about mankind [is that] some people are unsalvageable … Be it Jesus, the government, or any number of other icons, authors, or belief systems, most ideologues claim a savior for whom or for which nothing is impossible, including fixing the unfixable.
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This denial of reality has forged a nation lousy with unsalvageables. I broached that topic last year regarding Baltimore. That city is an example of what happens when an area reaches what I call Critical Mass Unsalvageables (CMU). When you get too many unsalvageables in one area, the area itself becomes unsalvageable … unsalvageables outnumber decent folks to such an extent, people with aspirations are dragged down and reformers are rendered impotent. That’s what unsalvageables do in large numbers; like hive-mind aliens, they instinctively terraform the environment to suit their needs.
There is only one sensible approach to an area that has been afflicted with CMU: quarantine. Give the people who by their own merits can leave as much help as possible to leave. And then wall that s*** up, figuratively if not literally.
There’s more at the link. The author goes on to discuss “unsalvageables” in the context of nations such as Afghanistan, and US involvement there.
There’s a harsh, unpalatable, but also undeniable truth in the author’s words. I say that even though I’m a Christian pastor who’s supposed to believe (and preach) that everyone, no matter how steeped in evil, can be redeemed by Christ. That may be true in the spiritual sense, but it’s not true in the physical, here-and-now sense on this earth. I’ve served as a prison chaplain, remember? I’ve seen feral criminals, deprived (through incarceration) of the ability to prey on the public, turn on prison staff and each other and prey on them instead. It’s instinctive with them, unstoppable and untamable. They’re innately vicious, predatory and self-centered, to the point where nothing and nobody else matters except that they get whatever they want, whenever they want it. Their gratification outweighs every other consideration, and they don’t care how they go about satisfying it – or who they hurt in the process.
Therefore, much as I don’t like to admit it: yes, there are human “unsalvageables” who are beyond our ability to rescue them. I described some of them in my book on prison chaplaincy. Their personalities are damaged, flawed or scarred beyond recovery, even though their souls may, by some miracle of grace, make it through the Pearly Gates to the kingdom of Heaven. I don’t know how God’s mercy works: I’m just grateful that it does, because I’m going to need an overdose of it myself!
As for “walling them up” or “quarantining” them: I don’t think that’s practical, because they’ll break out of any quarantine short of incarceration in prison – and some of them manage to do that, sometimes. I’ve worked in prisons where escapes have occurred, even from a high-security penitentiary. The time, effort, hard work and ingenuity inmates put into planning their escape would probably make them millionaires if they applied the same qualities to honest work; but no, that’s too much trouble for them. They want all the rewards without having to labor for them – except, of course, the labor involved in stealing them. They’ll apply that same effort to breaking out of quarantine. The concept of a walled city prison, illustrated in dystopian entertainment such as the movie “Escape from New York“, simply won’t fly in the real world. There are too many ways out.
The only solution would be to execute the “unsalvageables”. I don’t think any civilized society could tolerate that – not without destroying its own collective soul from the inside.
What’s the answer to the “unsalvageables”? I don’t know . . . except to say that I don’t want them anywhere near the society in which I live. A basic regard for the safety and security of those around me requires their exclusion. How to do that? I don’t know that it’s legally, morally or ethically possible: so the only alternative appears to be to make them so afraid to prey on others that they dare not do so. Our present justice system doesn’t even come close to that, and there’s no likelihood that it will.
Perhaps, in the end, it all has to come down to Heinlein’s famous dictum:
“An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.”