That was an interesting conversation.
It's hard to believe a lot of what he said because it's so far out there, but then I've also been seeing using the wrong term to refer to someone being referred to as a form of "violence" lately. Sometimes it's specified as "linguistic violence," but that makes it no less absurd and does victims of actual, literal violence an extreme disservice.
If this nonsense keeps up then we won't be able to tell if someone who is accused of committing an "act of violence" put a bullet in someone's head, beat the shit out of them, or used the wrong pronoun when referring to someone when trying to have a conversation with them.
Still, I can't help but think there's a shitload of trolling going on by some of the people who are (or pretend to be?) promoting Critical Theory (which is an egregious misuse of the word "Theory") and lunacy like the idea that "science is racist," possibly in order to discredit the sane and reasonable arguments for necessary changes to how we do things in this country. Or maybe my cynicism is actually still way too naive for this world and we're about to have a major clash between batshit cazy neo-Bolsheviks and batshit crazy neo-Nazis (if anybody wins that fight, everybody loses).
Confucius might have been an insufferable asshole to hang out with in person (an impression I got from reading between the lines), but one thing that seemed to annoy the hell out of him has become a serious problem for us, which was people arbitrarily defining terms to suit their own agendas and interests. It's what his concept of the "rectification of names" he spoke of was all about.
It seems like it should go without saying that words should have specific, unambiguous meanings that correspond to the aspects of reality they describe, which is the only way people can have meaningful conversations about anything. So when a phrase like "black lives matter" can mean any one of three or four different things, communication becomes virtually impossible. And like Sam Harris pointed out in a recent podcast, the only two choices available to us to get through this growing madness are conversation or violence (meaning the real kind). My vote is for conversation, but then I also always got the impression that my vote has never counted for squat.
This is a very troubling observation:
Edited by TVCasualty, 05 July 2020 - 10:07 AM.