Differing Opinions, Honest Conversations

Fannie Flagg’s book, ‘Standing in the Rainbow’, was published in 2002. One of the central characters is a politician who appealed to a similar electorate as President Trump did – people who felt powerless and voiceless.

One of her characters spoke for marginalized older white men when he said:

What bothered him and other men his age and older was that the things that they had been willing to die for were no longer appreciated. Everything he had believed in was now the butt of jokes made by a bunch of smarty-assed late night-TV so-called comedians making a salary you could support a small country with. All he heard was people saying how bad we were, how corrupt we had been, and how terrible white men were… He had never knowingly been mean or unfair to another human being in his life. Now it seems he was the oppressor, responsible for every bad thing that have ever happened in the history of the world.
– Fannie Flagg, Standing in the Rainbow –

While the postmodernist has valid points that sexism and racism are the causes of many disparities, does it mean  that the way to balance those disparities is by assigning a blanket blame on a large part of the population for the deeds of a few?

We should not be teaching our students the following lesson: “He called you a racist name. That victimizes you.” That lesson says, first, that you should judge your skin color to be significant to your identity and, secondly, that other people’s opinions about your skin color should be significant to you. Only if you accept both of those premises are you going to feel victimized by someone’s saying something about your skin color.
– Stephen Hicks –

It is election year in Canada. I hope voters will exercise decision-making power in an informed manner. The only way they can do so is if there is lots of discussion and vigorous debate between individuals who accept that the individual is not the group they have been assigned to.

In this video, Ben Shapiro interviews Dave Rubin. They discuss identity politics, online censorship and the value of open and honest conversation between individuals who have differing opinions.

6 thoughts on “Differing Opinions, Honest Conversations

  1. I would like to do more than like this post Margy. You have totally hit it right with those quotes. Blanket blame just causes resentment, changes nothing and usually incites more hatred than there was before.
    Praying for your Canadian elections. This world needs good people who blame where blame is due, praise where is applies and discernment to know the difference.

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  2. Spot on. The idea that individualism must be sacrificed for group identity (especially when each of us “belongs” to an ever-shifting number and variety of “groups” in our lifetimes) both frightens and saddens me. We (as a society) seem to have lost the ability to think critically and judiciously; as a result (for the most part), people seem far too willing to jump on whatever bandwagon is passing by at any moment (I recall the term “group think” from some course or other I took way back when; it certainly seems to apply nowadays). I can’t help but wonder why we can no longer have reasonable discussions without them turning into “if you’re not with me, you’re against me” attitudes and anger. To be honest, its why I avoid “controversial” topics on my own blog (too many people I know have been threatened – verbally and even physically – by voicing opinions that, naturally, are going to be opposed by others; its beyond frightening!)

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    1. I understand how you feel, Margo. Unfortunately, Canada’s media seems to be most vocal in support of the group think. Some of the most rational opinions are coming from bloggers and smaller independent media sources.

      The CBC gets more than 60% of it’s funding from the Government. Maclean’s magazine received nearly $1.4 million from government. I think they both tend to favour the Liberal’s right now. I suppose you don’t bite the had that feeds you, but that isn’t what you want to see the media doing.

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  3. As a white male with toxic masculinity, by just living I have offended over half the world’s population. I’d kill myself, but that would offend the fundamentalists who believe suicide is a sin. What’s a guy to do?

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    1. I’ve also read about ‘Toxic femininity’ which defines white woman’s role in the maintenance of white global domination. These women are said to be more sneaky and less overt than white men. Apparently you just have to look at women who support President Trump to see toxic femininity in action… We live in strange times…

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