compassion fade

adding page while re re re reading david graeber‘s utopia of rules – specifically in regard to his 2nd element of interpretive labor:


could it be possible to develop a general theory of interpretive labor? 2 critical elements:

1\ process of imaginative id as a form of knowledge.. the fact that w/in relations of domination, it is generally the subordinates who are effectively relegated the work of understanding how the social relations in question really work

it’s those who do not have the power to hire/fire who are left w the work of figuring out what actually did go wrong so as to make sure it doesn’t happen again

2\ resultant pattern of sympathetic id.. ‘compassion fatigue’.. human beings he (adam smith) proposed are normally inclined not only to imaginatively id w their fellows, but as a result…. to spontaneously feel one another’s joys/sorrows.. the poor, however, are so consistently miserable that otherwise sympathetic observers are simply overwhelmed, and are forced, w/o realizing it, to blot out their existence entirely..

see this so often – helps explain (away anyway) how good people could seem to be missing it

compassion fatigue (googled defn): indifference to charitable appeals on behalf of those who are suffering, experienced as a result of the frequency or number of such appeals.

looking into this further.. thinking a closer defn david is getting at here might be compassion fade ..which i found at bottom of wikipedia page for compassion fatigue

seeing difference as: fatigue (exhaustion) from people doing the care/labor; fade from people ignoring/not-doing the care/labor

Compassion fade is the tendency to experience a decrease in empathy as the number of people in need of aid increase. It is a type of cognitive bias that has a significant effect on the prosocial behaviour that generates helping. The psychological theory may be observed by an individual’s reluctance to help when faced with mass crises. The term was developed by psychologist and researcher Paul Slovic.

perhaps why we fade – because help\ing ness – not for legit alive/free people

The most common explanation for compassion fade is the use of a mental shortcut called the affect heuristic. The affect heuristic causes people to make decisions based on emotional attachments to a stimulus...It is this emotional element of system 1 that leads us to see the effects of compassion fade, as we make decisions based upon the affect and feelings of emotion over the facts of the situation.

so too.. decision making is unmooring us law – dm not for legit alive/free people

A response to the victim size is determined by the balancing of self-interest and the concern for others. Within the confirmation bias theory, people tend to consider self-interest alongside concern for others. The emotional response results in the individual’s *willingness and ability to help. An apathetic response following a large number of victims is considered to be normal because people have a limited capacity to feel sympathy.

and/too in undisturbed ecosystem.. none of this is going on.. so need to have a *willingness/ability to help becomes irrelevant

..These effects show how compassion fade is an irrational thought process driven by how much emotion we feel for a certain cause. By understanding these effects they can be used by charities to help maximise donations by understanding the thought process behind why people donate.

again.. whole idea of charity (help\ing ness).. not natural.. so of course we need artificial (aka: cancerous) motivators

Compassion fade has also been used to refer to “the arithmetic of compassion”, “compassion collapse” and “psychic numbing”.

arithmetic of compassion.. very fitting

of math and men et al

we need to let go of any form of measuring/accounting

also from section at end of compassion fatigue wikipedia page:

Compassion fade

Main article: Compassion fade

The difference between compassion fatigue and compassion fade is that compassion fatigue is more about the people the individual works and interacts with often, whereas compassion fade is the individual’s attitude towards helping certain amounts of people they don’t know or as aid needed in the world rises. Compassion fade is when the need and tragedy in the world go up, the amount of desire to help goes down. For example, a person is more likely to donate more money, time, or other types of assistance to a single person suffering than to disaster aid or when the population suffering is larger. It is a type of cognitive bias that helps people make their decision to help.