Some things are simply difficult to comprehend. There are questions without answers, effects without causes, mysterious rhythms beyond our reckoning.
For instance, why does a drowning man flail toward the surface? Why do we recoil from a crocodile? Is being doused with boiling water any reason to leap off the couch? Why does no one smile at the oncologist?
It’s hard to grasp.
Of course the act of grasping is one made significantly more difficult by a vast media apparatus dedicated to keeping grasp metrics at a minimum. And so things that most species of amphibian would grasp remain outside the realm of reason for Western human audiences.
Today’s election in Sweden is one such riddle. Reporting on the surge of immigration restrictionist party, Sweden Democrats, and the panic their ascension has caused among that country’s previously complacent population-replacement politicians, the Bloomberg news reporter ponders to herself:
For a country that prides itself on stability and is seen as a model for social democracy across the world, the development is hard to grasp.
Yes, a country that prides itself on stability, indeed. One struggles to conceive of a more stability-inducing program than to import hundreds of thousands of violent, entitled, and frequently predatory third-world migrants into a tiny, previously homogenous Nordic enclave. That’s a government focused keenly on stability; and a reporter focused keenly on keeping the grasps low.
Though if the act of grasping were to receive aid, it might begin with acknowledging the concept of scale. Specifically the scale of Swedes to the demographic they would grant quarter. Consider that there are over twice as many people living in Lagos alone than there are ethnic Swedes in Sweden. That’s one city. The global masses beyond that being effectively limitless in comparison to the supercilious ‘moral superpower’ Swedes.
What that means is that even where the will to self-annihilation exists, it changes nothing in context of helping some meaningful percentage of the world’s surging human tide. It is a family offering their last food to 10,000 people camped on their doorstep. The only person actually aided by this gesture is the family’s mortician. So it is with Sweden, a small nation that can either save or swamp itself, but do nothing for the world at large. If Swedes choose the latter, their ancient home will simply become a cold suburb of Karachi, and not a drop in the world’s misery bucket will have been altered. But thanks for your sacrifice.
Ultimately that’s the grasp or not to grasp being put to voters in that country today. So to keep that as unclear as possible, the mainstream parties and their colluding media organs pretend to scratch their heads over what’s caused such political upheaval. As surely one of the largest per capita human encroachments in history couldn’t be the culprit. For some reason placid Swedes are leaping off the couch.
It’s hard to explain.