I actually had a sign on my wall before my civilizing influence made me take it down saying:
F u c k N i c e ! Be good!
It was inspired by a conversation I had with someone who ran as an NDP candidate in a federal election in an unwinnable riding. “NDP folks are very nice,” she said. “I’m sure they are” said I. “Thank you” she said, at which point I had to explain to her that this was not a compliment. In my vocabulary, nice is an opposite of good. People are nice when they do not have the honesty, courage or intelligence to be good.
Yes, of course, we have to be compassionate, considerate and polite, but the niceness I wish to talk about is the attitude, not just behaviour.
Being ‘nice’ is a message. Nice is a substitute for goodness. Nice is the display of self-assessed goodness. The problem is that it seldom is. Being good is very seldom nice. Goodness needs some effort, often carries some costs, sometimes needs sacrifices and may require difficult decisions.
Good is cutting your gangrene infected leg off to save your life, nice is comforting you while the gangrene kills you. Nice is the low-cost, low effort substitute of good.
It is their ‘niceness’ that I find the most irritating about the people of the left.
The lack of true compassion, the lack of consideration, the shirking away from truly considering the effects, the costs and the implications of their ‘nice’ ideas. You don’t need to think to be nice. It is the easy answer to everything. If you are nice, you don’t need to be responsible.
NICE is fundamentally selfish. Its point is to make ‘nice’ people feel good for the lowest possible cost to themselves. Nice is forcing somebody else to do good. Nice is doing ‘good’ at somebody else’s expense. Nice is advocating policies that are easy answers to complex questions. Nice is throwing other people’s money at problems instead of solving them.
Nice is trapping the poor in dependence, because it feels good to give them handouts, especially if they didn’t cost anything to the nice folks. The righteous contempt for those whom they coerce into bearing the cost of their niceness is just an added bonus. Not only are they nice to those in need, they also teach the selfish and the greedy a lesson about being nice with their money.
Nice is to say that everybody is a winner.
Nice is to tell the mentally ill that we can turn their delusional fantasies into reality.
Nice is to say that anybody can finish a university, that even retards can have degrees.
Nice is to build culturni doms at the arctic circle for the suicidal youth.
Nice is to say that price fixing (as in the minimum wage) can be done without consequences.
Nice is to believe that we can spend the money of future generations without consequences.
Nice is to believe that we can ignore reality as long as doings so makes us feel good.
Nice is to say that we can get along with anybody therefore everybody will get along with us.
Nice is “….celebrating something amazingly wonderful and happy happening in our lives”.
Being nice is the essence of leftist politics, the foundation of its morality. Leftist/statist policies are invariably harmful but get implemented because they make their advocates feel nice. Pointing out the problems with their ideas make the leftists angry because it disturbs their self image. They have no interest in the consequences. They don’t care about the harm they do. It all ends for them with the good intentions. All they care about is feeling good about themselves for being nice by wishing nice.
So let me say it again:
Fuck Nice! Be good!
……. because it makes me feel good saying it.