I was on a friend's blog yesterday and had to disagree with him about something. He said that "to disparage, insult, or threaten anyone because their values and opinions are contrary to your own, is to contribute to the divisiveness and polarization that nearly everyone is complaining about today."
He then backed it up with a bunch of books from experts that reinforced his position. I should point out that this person censored a comment I made recently because I assume I couldn't make nice and agree with his normally agreeable cast of commenters. Kind of irked me because I let most things go here except vile stuff and anonymous nasty comments. But hey, his sandbox, his rules...
Anyway here are the books:
It’s Even Worse Than It Looks (2012) by Thomas Mann
The Blank Slate (2009) by Steven Pinker.
Why We’re Polarized (2020) By Ezra Klein
How To Have Impossible Conversations (2019) Boghossian & Lindsay
Nonzero (1999) by Robert Wright
The Righteous Mind (2012) Jonathan Haidt
The Ape Who Understood The Universe (2019) Steve Stewart-Williams
I haven't read them, I am sure that they are all insightful and great.
I respect what my friend is saying and his opinion but I don't necessarily agree, in fact I disagree. Because there are an extraordinary number of people out there today that believe absolutely crazy shit. Why should I give them any credence at all by suffering their opinions and pretending that they are valid or co equal to those views I consider at least rooted in sanity? Does it really do us any good to adopt this "let's just all get along attitude" at this point in time?
For instance, the Q business. There is supposedly a ring of Democrat satanist pedophiles who work out of pizza parlors enslaving young children in child sex rings. Remember the guy who shot up the pizza parlor looking for Hillary Clinton a few years ago who had been weaned on this shit?
I'm supposed to not challenge a worldview like this? Guess what, according to a new study 56% of the GOP thinks that this is at least partially true.
Rather than bury our differences over these matters, I think we should bring them out in the open. I will call you an idiot and you can call me one too. But please do me a favor and let me know if you are down with the satanic pizza stuff or think the earth is really flat and the moon landing was faked. Because I frankly don't want to waste my time talking to you or trying to get you to change your mind.
Because you are an imbecile and a lost cause. Oh shoot, did I say that? I think that it is time to forget about contributing to the divisiveness and polarization and start thinking about calling things for what they are and stop bullshitting around and pretending that anything you made up in your head or read about on InfoWars is somehow as valid as something rooted in science and actual reality. This idea that we have to be neutral at all costs, no matter how outlandish the underlying belief. I know, I know, I am a part of the problem and not the solution. Let me just shut up and pretend.