Woke Religion

Updated on April 19, 2021 in General Stuff
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I happened be flipping channels and briefly saw today’s Duke basketball game. The backs of the jerseys have “EQUALITY” under the numbers.

Wokeness as religion indeed.

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Yeah, that’s gonna take a while to get through and digest. As of the introduction, and first leg of the journey, however, I’m in.

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I wish Lindsay was a more fluid writer. He feels needlessly “un fluid” to my ear.

None the less, I think he’s over the target.

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On a related note, a much quicker read:

https://monsterhunternation.com/2021/02/11/the-culture-war-is-coming-for-you-whether-you-like-it-or-not/

(Not sure if anyone here is following the Carano debacle)

 

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I realized some time ago that the divide is unbridgeable. And it is identical to religious. It is belief systems with enough unknowable to them (like religions) — and because of that unknowable, they rely for psychological (and even epistemological) assurance heavily on the strength of something akin to consensus. That is, since what I believe cannot be known with abject certainty, the only thing in which I can rest — the only confirmation of my reality — is the knowledge that I am not alone — that others (even smart people) agree with me.
 
But because of that nagging unknowable, I am forever and always exceedingly vulnerable to the new and fresh data point that challenges what I want to believe. And so I cloister. That cloistering is not just the obvious bias confirmation. It goes beyond that to as close to total lack of exposure to a challenge to my beliefs as possible. I will only hang out with people like me. And in the very most current culture — I will even declare that cloistering as moral superiority.
 
I saw that in my youth. I was raised around many religious fundamentalists. I was raised around many who came from the separatist tradition of Christianity. I recognize it. The righteous band together and declare the moral failings of all who are not among the cloistered.
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I once used the phrase “he spoke in a matter-of-fact manner”. I meant that he spoke something like “casually”. But the moment I typed out “matter-of-fact”, it haunted me. Why? I think it was the dawning realization of why “matter-of-fact” has come be something of a synonym for “casual”. But I suspect it became so because of its manifestation rather than because of its cause. That is: (again, I suspect) that it is because when one operates under the conviction that what he believes is actually so, he need not shout it. He needs no drama. He can simply confess it. He can simply declare it.
 
And I suspect that that dynamic is highly in play in today’s supercharged and super-nasty political discourse. It is obviously (at least) two parties fighting desperately to believe what they want to believe (and often WITH good and thoughtful reason), but ultimately (and without admission) vulnerable to doubt those beliefs anyway upon each interchange with those who share a different ( opposing) belief system.
 
Can we ever get past this? I doubt it. All movement in today’s world is toward even more cloistering — ever more shutting down of dissenting voices — ever more censorship of the moral “other”.
 
And even at the suggestion that cloistering and censorship shouldn’t happen — that only open avenues of communication will result in the synthesis toward a better community, the cloisterers single response is — “You first”.

 

 
  It’s almost strange:  1. The degree to which those (like Bill and Marshall, for instance) don’t grasp the philosophical differences and therefore don’t even understand the point being made, and 2. The degree to which they project their own views onto those on the right, supposing what we are saying with such an intensity that they cannot actually read what we are writing.
 
Seeing that blindness in them, I’m guessing I harbor it as well.  Cloistering at this point isn’t going to give me any comfort.  I can take solace in the remaining few who see the world as I do.  But I’m just kidding myself if I surround myself only with those who think as I do.  I’m creating the very world in which the Bills and Marshalls live — believing it is the totality of reality.
on February 14, 2021

It would be interesting to poll those who voted for Trump and see how many voted 1) for him, 2) for his anti-regulatory bias, 3) for his policy on border control, 4) for his stance against political correctness (did he ever tell anyone what to say or what to think), 5) against Biden, or 6) against the slide of the other party into free everything 7)  because blue lives matter 8) because they preferred Pence to Harris; 9) because they resented the treatment of Trump’s supreme court nominees, and 10) is opposition to abortion.  Presumably there are some who voted for one, more than one but less than 10, and more than one but not all 10. 

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Cloistering at this point isn’t going to give me any comfort.From millring

I don’t know about that, John.  Monks join monasteries because they’re sick of this shit and just want to make great beer and keep their mouths shut … except to drink beer.  They usually use different language than that when they answer the question on the form that says “Why do you want to join our monastery?” But some of them stay there forever, apparently contented.  I have essentially cloistered myself — maybe seceded is the better word — in that I no longer want to engage with my ex-friends who hated Trump and demanded that I justify my not hating him, too.  I no longer ever want to visit NYC or San Fran again.  Portland?  Shirley, you jest.  Texas is the greatest place on Earth for me personally. I’ll tour the hill country west of Austin, and visit my daughter and her family in San Diego once or twice a year. But we are in a civil war and I am not going to engage unless I see a benefit to me and to my “side.”   I have a beer in the fridge called Paulaner Salvator. I will have one tonight and pray that you remain in my monastery.   https://www.totalwine.com/beer/lager/doppelbock/paulaner-salvator-doppel-bock/p/846126?glia=true&s=506&&pid=cpc:Core+Catalog+-+Shopping%2BUS%2BTEXA%2BENG%2BSPART::google::&gclid=CjwKCAiAsaOBBhA4EiwAo0_AnE4qyvyIjj_hnzckpIiuaAy–UNmXIwPh8s-nqx9DW4vdIyvr9xE3xoCY3oQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

 

on February 15, 2021

As a Trump supporter I think Trump support is wildly misunderstood. It’s really not about Right vs. Sort of Right vs. Moderately Left vs. Left vs. Communist vs. Libertarian vs. Ford vs. Chevy, etc.

It’s about Them vs. Us in terms of inside the Beltway vs. The Rest of Us. I don’t think most people can even sort what the hell the endless policy minutae even means in real time.

But they know they’ve been taking it up the ass for decades. And the current structure of democracy gives them nothing. No control. Different shades of essentially puke gray with a bunch of folks in charge that don’t know them from Adam.

Trump changed all that. Simple goals. Timeless. The ability to make an honest living. And keep most of it. Close the illegal immigration flood gates. Etc. But mostly turn government by the people and for the people back over to the people. All people.

If you get that, you’ll quite likely get everything opinion surveys never get around to asking.

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Would all of the race patrols be on ultra red alert and sending people to re-educaiton camps if George Floyd hadn’t been killed in Minnesota?   Or was it already this bad?

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I think the pump was primed under Obama with Ferguson, etc. I think George Floyd was a riot waiting for an excuse.

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According to Christopher Rufo, these are part of a communication sent by a New York City public school principal to parents:

on February 15, 2021

You’ve got to be kidding.

Unfortunately, I don’t think you are.

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Not kidding.

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