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Quote from: Elok on April 17, 2018, 04:57:31 PMEveryone's a hypocrite somehow. The more interesting question is how we react when our hypocrisy is pointed out.I agree that everyone's a hypocrite, but I think the reason why is largely to do with the world being too complex and interconnected for us to be morally uncompromised. I don't think the answer is to not care about hypocrisy, though; I think the answer is to realize we have almost no power to produce unalloyed, certain good and should therefore focus our attention elsewhere.(An easy refutation is, duhhhh everything's uncertain, but we can measure uncertainty. If the odds of some act being morally positive are good, do the bleeping act, man. My answer to that is I think the complexity of the world makes the uncertainty significantly greater than we realize in a butterfly -> hurricane kind of way.)
Everyone's a hypocrite somehow. The more interesting question is how we react when our hypocrisy is pointed out.
The more interesting question is how we react when our hypocrisy is pointed out.
Re: hypocrisy, I don't think it's reasonable to expect smart people to be less hypocritical. If anything, I'd expect the reverse, or at least some sort of bell-curve effect, since intelligence lets you handle more complex ideas and thus allows ever finer distinctions to be parsed as to why it's different in your personal case. I think everyone's a hypocrite to some extent. Remember the last election, when everyone said with a straight face that we needed to elect Bill Clinton's wife to show the world that we don't turn a blind eye to sexual predators?I read Empire, thought it was open-minded by Card's low-bar wackadoo standards. Then read Hidden Empire and found it was a completely different book with an essentially unrelated plot which just happened to have certain common characters. Because Card got ambushed by an idea halfway through writing and felt compelled to jam it into his current WIP come hell or high water. He can be bad about that.
C'mon, don't be tiresome, you know what I mean. The [cat]-grabbing tape comes out, and everyone's horrified. You see scores of people on the Left arguing that we can't possibly elect a man with that kind of attitude towards women--ignoring the fact that his opponent's husband has spent his career dogged by accusations of worse, and admitted to a "consensual" relationship with a girl half his age and fifty ranks lower on the White House totem pole. After the election was done, the MeToo spotlight turned retroactively onto Bill--but it would never have touched him during the election proper, because that would be party disloyalty. Everyone's a hypocrite somehow. The more interesting question is how we react when our hypocrisy is pointed out.
-And this is getting a bit afield, but the #MeToo movement and the High School students protesting for sanity in our policies re: murder tools both make me a little twitchy, even though I strongly agree that men being horrible pigs are bad, and so are murder tools everywhere. -I wish the former hadn't nailed Charley Rose and Kevin Spacey, but that's not my problem with it; it's just that both movements are setting off my Group Mind detector - it looks to me like a lot of pile-on mob psychology going on, and --- I won't be surprised if both movements end up going way too far -again, not because I have reservations about either cause- and causing more harm than good, if the later even turns out to have any staying power and achieves anything. Call it the French Revolution Effect, as a great example of the Group Mind going so way too far that they end up with Napoleon, and all the political murder being for nothing. (It's a fundamental problem with revolutionary movements -witness how Lenin perverted Marx, leading to Stalin- not knowing when to ease off on the killing, but it's definitely also a mob psychology problem and something responsible mass communications gatekeepers need to be aware of and wrestle with how to handle.) Journalism has a way of being about life the universe, and everything, in the end, when it's done responsibly with awareness of the power wielded for good or evil.
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