Love won't save us from Isis, Mark my words...
Published 03/04/2016 | 02:30
The Irish have never really trusted someone who is open in their love for money. But we all like it and we would all like to have more of it.
We would all like more money because money buys you insulation and safety - insulation from the tax man, the banks, the school fees or, in Mark Zuckerberg's case, it also provides excellent insulation from reality.
The almost laughably rich Facebook founder raised an eyebrow or two this week with his stunning and daring new plan to defeat Isis: "Create a world where understanding and empathy can spread faster than hate... where every single person in every country feels connected and cared for and loved. That's the world we can and must build together."
Of course, that could be seen as simply a case of Zuckerberg being a good businessman and calling for more people to sign up to Facebook, thus earning him even more money, which will then give him even more time to contemplate the restorative powers of love and a high-speed broadband connection.
Given the fact that Isis have already named him as one of the Jews they would most like to kill if they got the chance, this could be seen as a lofty, noble gesture towards those misunderstood souls in Isis, who only ever wanted to be hugged when they were kids.
It is, of course, nothing of the sort. It's that most odious form of virtue-signalling that only occurs when someone lives in a bubble made of money.
It doesn't matter what Zuckerberg thinks - because it doesn't matter what any of us think. Islamic fanatics already despise the West for it weakness as much as anything else and they look on our society as hopelessly soft-witted and lacking the stomach for a fight.
Zuckerberg is guilty of the sin most common to cosseted liberals - they think it's about us and think that if we can change our approach, maybe they will change theirs.
They won't change - until we are either dead or converted or they have been eradicated, and I know which option I prefer.
Of course, celebrity hypocrisy is nothing new and, if nothing else, gives us all a bitter little giggle.
But when that hypocrisy extends into the real world, we all have the right to feel that contempt is the only rational response.
Zuckerberg is also a big anti-gun activist because, y'know, guns are bad and stuff.
Funnily enough, that doesn't stop him travelling with armed bodyguards.
In fact, probably the greatest mass example of this dangerously deluded pro-love/anti-gun nonsense came during this year's Oscars, when the chosen theme for the night was about how nasty weapons are.
Yet there were, infamously, more armed security guards at that shindig than you'd see anywhere outside the White House.
Madonna is another example of this surreal double standard. She's been banging on about love and understanding and the evils of firearms for her current tour.
She has even encouraged her fans to sign a petition calling for a ban of handguns.
Funny enough, she hasn't mentioned the time her bodyguard shot an intruder in her house back in the 1990s.
It's easy for a rich celebrity to tell the rest of us how to behave simply because they don't live like the rest of us.
Instead, they can afford to come up with deluded hippy guff in an effort to appear more spiritually-evolved than everyone else.
Zuckerberg might come from the Beatles school of All You Need Is Love.
But the real world is more like Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart.
One of the reasons we’re seeing the rise of the perpetually offended is because we’ve an entire generation brought up to think that they have the right to never be offended.
If anything, it goes back a generation to the start of the emphasis on emotions and the idea that feelings are as important as facts.
They’re not, of course. In fact, the universe doesn’t care about your feelings. I know, I know. That sounds mean and, to use the latest buzzword, ‘unhelpful’, but trust me — nobody gives a damn about your precious sensibilities.
The latest brilliant example of this childish myopia occurred last weekend when parents took to Twitter to complain about an ‘unsuitable’ movie which was shown over the Easter on Channel 5.
Did they mistakenly air ‘I Spit On Your Grave’ or the ultimate in hipster controversialism,
‘A Serbian Film’?
Not quite, the movie was Watership Down.
This moved many idiots — sorry, concerned parents — to complain that their children had been traumatised.
Generation Snowflake is now producing another wave of weaklings who will be just as emotionally hapless as their parents.
God help us if there’s a war.
Oh wait, there is.