April 15th, 2010

Semiformalishmaybe

Willingness to Scale

What do you do in a discussion when the level of thought at which people are talking allows them to pose interesting questions that cannot be answered at that level but could at some higher level? This came up several times today when I went to protest against the Tea Party at their park gathering downtown.Collapse )

P.S. Rachel Maddow was on the Daily Show two nights ago, and commented that while she likes "bombastic rhetoric" and "going over the top", she expects it to stay truthful and nonviolent. I was disappointed when Jon Stewart agreed - I'd rather see discussion always happen in a sincere but not overstated fashion - blunt claims and pushy aspirations might be acceptable, but engaging viscerality should I think be shunworthy - it breaks the habit of careful, straightforward discussion that we should build in ourselves.