Monday, March 16, 2015

The End of Nuance

It seems like in this polarized world, the ability to listen and discriminate points of arguments is missing.  Of course, the word "discriminate" is inherently bad, right?  Like "niggardly."  Anyway, one first has to listen, put down the phone, look someone in the eye, and fully understand a position to get nuance.

In a professional meeting I was at recently, there was a concern over the world "liberal."  Since the historical meaning of the word is not understood, the real meaning of it now is not.  We are all liberals in the historical sense, whether we like it or not.  Progressive and socialist more adequately describe what is going on now.  Statist, maybe.  But even still, I am missing the nuance of positions and views. 

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