I love Facebook Memories. Even more so as my advancing age conspires with COVID brain to loosen my mental ties to the past.
In my recent return to blogging, I have highlighted the importance of beginning discussions of guns with what we hold in common and my interest in empathy-driven conversations.
I thought these were new concerns born of my experiences in 2022. Little did I remember that these are actually longstanding concerns of mine that were reinforced last year.
To wit: Five years ago (thank you, Facebook Memories), I was a guest on John Johnston’s program Ballistic Radio. In the promo for my episode, John highlighted the following statement:
I don’t have much of a stomach for politics but I do think it’s important that we, as citizens of the United States, talk to one another about issues of common concern. And if we can start those discussions with more empathy… then I think we can get further in those discussions even if we never completely agree.David Yamane on “Ballistic Radio”
I believe this all the more five years down the road.
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Are you familiar with Peter Boghossian’s _How to Have Impossible Conversations_?
I have not heard of it but adding it to my reading list. Thanks so much for the recommendation.
Boghossian also has a ‘street epistemology’ video series:
The trend in higher education is to reject empathy and discussion, in favor of unblinking support of whatever is The Thing today.
The link I’m sharing is about racism, but race is just one tool used to silence anyone who isn’t all-in on the agenda.
“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but disagreement is literal murder.”
I often explain other people’s jobs to them.
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