Oh I’d keep it. We’ve just been going through a long period of irrational times so discussing rational things seems irrational lately, strangely enough.
Yup. Not just you. I get as caught up in it as anyone too alas. Everything has to be tagged with right political or left political or liberal political or nazi political or communist political or something political. It’s become a social infection.
Fascinating though when you think about it: For all the good rationality provides in assisting with clear, logical thinking, it so easily goes out the window doesn’t it?
Everything becomes reduced to friend-or-foe with the threat of the death of western civilization around every turn. Interestingly, Mark Zucc’s yearly confession for the high holy days (I’ve never bee good with the details on that stuff) was that he was responsible for making divisiveness worse. Of course it can’t all be pinned on one person, one situation, one thing. World’s too complex for that. But it’s like a giant play we’ve all been rounded up to play parts within.
..and yet, nobody’s the mastermind except perhaps our own righteous indignation buttons. So easily pushed. In a way I’m glad because I’ve learned where i stand and don’t stand on so many things, but honestly, I look forward to a time where that again doesn’t matter. Politics was always boring. Still boring and yet I’m in this weird little play too.
Should an issue for rational debate come up and it has even the slightest chance of having political sides, I’ll probably wear the helmet and shield I seem to have chosen and go at it as I had been. Very weird that. But I can take comfort that even though I’ve gotten caught up, I still keep the same goal I’d always had, which is a simple goal of friendship in the end. Some kind of diplomacy that can bypass objective right/wrong answers in an isolated universe and meet in a space I’d consider the objectively right answer.