The Infinite Regress of Woke
One must "generally" speak in generalities in order to have an intelligent conversation about a cultural or political trend or phenomenon.
As to the charge that "you are not an expert and therefor I can (in bad faith) ignore your views", Egon Friedell comfortingly writes in his amazing A Cultural History of the Modern Age: "Vital energy dwells in any activities only so long as they are practiced by amateurs. It is the amateur, happily so named, who alone stands in a really human relation to his objects; only in amateurs do the man and his professions coincide...Things which are practiced as a profession have invariably a touch of the worse source of lovingness, whether it takes the form of a particular one-sidedness or limitation, of subjectivity or narrowness of outlook. The expert is too tightly wedged into his professional circle and is almost never in a position to bring about a real revolution. He has grown up with tradition and respects it in spite of himself. Also he knows too much of the detail of his subject to see things simply enough, and, losing that, he loses the first essential of intellectual fertility." The polymath Friedell, who I discovered through Clive James, goes on in that delightful vein. -Peter Best- thereisnodifference.ca
This is what it's like trying to discuss the covid fraud with my woke friends. They demand proof and sources for everything you say but of course find some reason to discredit any proof or source you offer.
Bottom line is if you can’t say anything “WOKE” don’t say anything at all or be cancelled ......my own Child would love it if I agreed with her Marxist ideology that Old People should be seen but not heard, so shut up!
This is excellent, thanks for writing it. I encounter this type of person from time to time, and usually avoid them once its clear they are arguing in bad faith. I am an energy expert and professional engineer with many decades of hard core technical experience in the energy space, and I usually encounter this type of person in this context, who are almost always green energy enthusiasts who are early on the Dunning-Kruger experience timeline (though not always, some have years of activism behind them). There is no point in discussing with them, once its clear they don't know much and aren't interested in actually learning.
Well stated, Dan. I think the well known iconic American philosopher, Forest Gump, might succinctly phrase this whole sordid issue with the quote: "Stupid is as stupid does" and "That's all I have to say about that"
Aporia. learned a great new word today. Thanks.
This is a very perceptive, and true, analysis. Fine piece.
"Such a person would prefer ‘the two of you’ just don’t do this – failing to notice that one party is clearly the bad actor in close analysis. But it is understandable that someone would simply with to avoid the scene, and take not sides."
Excellent point. In fact, such a person may very well notice that one party is clearly the bad actor, but in the worst case, do the both-sides-ism because of vanity and/or cowardice. Uggh!