Here’s a killer joke you may have heard before. A leftist regime takes power, rounds up millions of unbelievers into re-education camps, and then forgets to feed them. Lol, oops!
If you felt a bit of mirth at that “lol”, it’s because you understand that R-selected phenotypes have a pressing need to cull their in-group competition, but need to hide their motives behind plausible deniability, Framing, and type 2 errors of omission. If the lol just sickened you a little, it’s because you’re an idealist without understanding of the R-selected mind. Education was never the point of these camps because, in the deepest levels of the amygdala, leftists know it’s impossible to rehabilitate all humans into R-selected, morally pragmatic free agents. Human survival is predicated on in-group affection, so there will always be fanatic idealists (just as there will always be a strong incentive for parasitism).
To understand the psychology behind these angels of death who segue effortlessly from healers to camp guards to executioners, we’ll borrow some insight from Alan Moore. Batman is the Antifa footsoldier’s self-conception, an aristocrat by birth who becomes a superhero by force of will (dressed all in black) and punishes evildoers as charity to Sin City’s righteous poor. Similarly, in the eyes of Antifa idealists are insane fanatics whose dedication to actualizing their delusional ideas causes ceaseless suffering to the people cursed to be around them. That is, the Joker, AKA Antifa’s Jungian Shadow.
To a leftist, all rightism is diagnosed as mental disorder. With that Frame in mind, we can interpret the story and the final punchline.
Batman: The Killing Joke
A concerned Batman visits Arkham Asylum and goes to Joker’s cell. The Joker is sitting alone in his cell, playing with a deck of cards and Batman sits in the opposite end of the table. The Dark Knight tells Joker that the constant madness of their lives must end, or otherwise one of them will surely die at the hands of the other…
…Joker is looking to buy an abandoned amusement park and after he checks the whole place, he kills the owner and claims the park as his own. However, Joker is lost in thoughts and he starts remembering memories from a past life.
The man who would become the Joker is an unnamed engineer who quits his job at a chemical company to become a stand-up comedian, only to fail miserably. Desperate to support his pregnant wife, he agrees to guide two criminals into the plant for a robbery. During the planning, the police come and inform him that his wife has died in a household accident involving an electric baby bottle heater. Grief-stricken, the engineer tries to withdraw from the plan, but the criminals strong-arm him into keeping his commitment to them…
…Panicked, the engineer deliberately jumps into the chemical plant’s toxic waste catch-basin vat to escape Batman, and is swept through a pipe leading to the outside. Once outside, he discovers to his horror that the chemicals have permanently bleached his skin chalk white, stained his lips ruby red, and dyed his hair bright green. This turn of events, compounding the man’s misfortunes of that one day, drives him completely insane and results in the birth of the Joker.
Hay look, it’s the Alt-Right origin myth.
Too soon? Back to the story then.
Joker takes Gordon and imprisons him in a run-down amusement park. His deformed henchmen then strip Gordon naked and cage him in the park’s freak show. He chains Gordon to one of the park’s rides and cruelly forces him to view giant pictures of his wounded daughter in various states of undress. Once Gordon completes the maddening gauntlet, the Joker ridicules him as an example of “the average man,” a naive weakling doomed to insanity…
…Gordon’s sanity is intact despite the ordeal, and he insists that Batman capture the Joker “by the book” in order to “show him that our way works”. Batman enters the funhouse and faces the Joker’s traps, while the Joker tries to persuade his old foe that the world is inherently insane and thus not worth fighting for. Eventually, Batman tracks down the Joker and subdues him.
Batman then attempts to reach out to him to give up crime and put a stop to their years-long war. The Joker declines, however, ruefully saying “It’s too late for that… far too late”. He then tells Batman a joke, which reflects their current situation and is funny enough to make the normally stone-faced Batman laugh. While they are laughing, Batman reaches across to Joker.
Here’s the joke that shifted Batman’s Gestalt:
“See, there were these two guys in a lunatic asylum… and one night, one night they decide they don’t like living in an asylum any more. They decide they’re going to escape! So, like, they get up onto the roof, and there, just across this narrow gap, they see the rooftops of the town, stretching away in the moon light… stretching away to freedom. Now, the first guy, he jumps right across with no problem. But his friend, his friend didn’t dare make the leap. Y’see… Y’see, he’s afraid of falling. So then, the first guy has an idea… He says ‘Hey! I have my flashlight with me! I’ll shine it across the gap between the buildings. You can walk along the beam and join me!’ B-but the second guy just shakes his head. He suh-says… He says ‘Wh-what do you think I am? Crazy? You’d turn it off when I was half way across!”
― Alan Moore, Batman: The Killing Joke
It is implied beyond reasonable doubt that Batman then kills the Joker, because the opening scene, the title of the story, the nature of the joke, and the visuals all support this narrative.
So I just reread the killing joke, and I realized something that I haven’t seen elsewhere. As has been discussed often before, it is implied that Batman kills the Joker at then end of the book, however it is open to interpretation. But I think it is obvious that he killed him because of the joke.
Batman is laughing at the end of the book which is out of character for him, but it makes sense if he has finally realized that he has to kill the Joker. He has to kill him because of the punchline. The second man (Joker) will not cross because he thinks the first man (Batman) will turn off the light. This shows that he is incapable of trusting others. However, it is not addressed that the man could not walk on a light beam. A normal person would say, do you think I’m crazy, you can’t walk on light, but the crazy man doesn’t even know the difference.
The Joker is incapable of redemption, because he has no concept of what it is or how to go about it. Batman realizes that even if he could earn the Joker’s trust, he could never rehabilitate him. That is the joke to Batman, which means he must kill the Joker. Hence his laughter and the ending.
When the Joker is tormenting Gordon, he tells his story of insanity. He explains that his life is too messed up, he was pushed too far and insanity is his only option. Just like the light beam, his path to sanity is just a vision, it isn’t tangible. He is broken, and he cannot and will not reform.
One of the darker truths in this broken world is that idealism is insanity and pragmatism is murder. People with Asperger’s especially need to take this to heart because our tendency to fixations of all sorts makes us especially vulnerable to ideologies, which are just aesthetic fixations to our preferred visions when you get to the bottom of it.
I realized this while I was trying to understand how socialism reduces entire populations into Liquid Contumacious Loosh (LCL).
The intrinsic motivation to round up dissidents in camps is constant across all leftist creeds, with FEMA and the Gulag Archipelago serving as examples. This is because the R-selected phenotype is always looking for a reason to cull its in-group competition. Baby Boomers are R-selected (they are the Age of Enlightenment generation), so when they realize their Millenial children were degenerate their inclination is to throw out the entire generation and buy a new one (on credit, one presumes). When one friend tells me I need to cut ties with another friend—which happens almost daily anymore—they are advocating pragmatism over idealism. After all, friends are abundant and you can always get newer, better ones, vs. the preference of k-selected phenotypes to out-compete other individuals within the group’s moral framework and subjugate them to the group’s ideals.
As Boneflour pointed out, one of the definitions of comedy is “tragedy without sympathy”. When leftists joke about “breaking a few eggs”, it’s a tacit recognition that rehabilitation and re-education were never the point, and at some level they know it.
Well that got a little rambly but all-in-all I liked it.