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Monday, September 25, 2017

siempre, siempre con las moscas

I read a thread yesterday discussing President U Bum, and it helped a few things crystallize in my mind, like why I've been so down and frustrated and hopeless.  John and I see eye-to-eye on most things, with the marked difference that he believes most people are still basically good and decent, and I believe that most if not all people, myself included, are merely lacking the proper motivation to become monsters.  He's a day person!  So this last almost-year since the election has been a real picnic, as I read more and more awful and infuriating things and become more and more upset, and he goes to work with nice people who most of the time are trying to do the right thing.


We had a heated discussion last night about the level of racism exhibited by a person who instinctively thinks that it's disrespectful to kneel during the national anthem before a sportsball contest, and they don't spend any time trying to figure out why people are kneeling in the first place.  John and I are always having these talks, where he tries to get me to consider the upbringing people have had and how that informs their worldview, and I argue that when opportunities abound for people to acquire new information that could inform their worldview in new ways and they steadfastly, obstinately refuse, that I have to call them what they are.  We are more than just our choices, but we eventually become our choices.  

I'm still kind of chewing on it.  Obviously people don't have a lot of say in what goes into their brain for a long time, but at some point, don't we become responsible for what we learn and ignore?  And I know I have huge blind spots of my own.  

2 comments:

Marsha said...

Wow - the human dilemma in a nutshell. I think that feeling an obligation to be aware of what goes into your brain is a very specialized skill, one that is not encouraged many places. But the longer we live, the more investment we have in maintaining the beliefs, and loyalties, that have accrued over the years, even if we are not aware of that investment. A friend addressed this recently, and I don't know if it's kosher to include a URL here, but I found this helpful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S74C-XF9kYY . I would enjoy your thoughts on this.

Layne said...

That video summed up what I think we're all seeing every day. I don't understand it, but it's real. And I was glad he gave the advice of looking for a way to identify yourself and whomever you're trying to reason with as members of the same tribe. That's an actionable thing I can do instead of just wring my hands about how everyone is happily ignorant (while they wring their hands for the same reason about me).