“Hatred may lure us with feelings of righteousness, but it changes little for the better. Morality should certainly shape our political views, but our politics must never shape our morality.”
“Tribalism is likely the greatest obstacle to such a civility of morals. As Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff argue...thousands of years of evolution have encouraged our minds to engage in ‘dichotomous, us-versus-them thinking.’”
In Defense of Decency |
Great piece & examples. I'd add: Avoid falling prey to the sullying of terms like "civility" or "free speech." The focus instead should be whether or not parties can claim they've exercised humility & charity in their discourse.
Great piece & examples. I'd add: Avoid falling prey to the sullying of terms like "civility" or "free speech." The focus instead should be whether or not parties can claim they've exercised humility & charity in their discourse.
"Opponents in this light are not merely wrongheaded or ignorant, but irredeemable. They therefore forfeit their humanity—there can be no second chances."