Friday, April 29, 2016

My Final Word on the 2016 Election


Okay, yeah, this is quite probably not my final word on the political circus. I would like point you to a truly unique interpretation of my position on the conservative versus the liberal mind.

Genetically, we are not the same and George Lakoff has beautifully laid out the landscape of us versus them from womb to Trump.

The article is here. It is my strongest recommendation to date on the 2016 political landscape and represents an insightful window into the theory of genetic differences between liberal and conservative cortical predispositions.

I strongly recommend reading the entire article, here are just a couple of excerpts.

"There is not middle in American politics. There are moderates, but there is no ideology of the moderate, no single ideology that all moderates agree on. A moderate conservative has some progressive positions on issues, though they vary from person to person. Similarly, a moderate progressive has some conservative positions on issues, again varying from person to person. In short, moderates have both political moral worldviews, but mostly use one of them. Those two moral worldviews in general contradict each other. How can they reside in the same brain at the same time?"

"Family-based moral worldview run deep. Since people want to see themselves as doing right not wrong, moral worldview tend to be part of self-definition - who you most deeply are. And thus your moral worldview defines for you what the world should be like. When it isn't that way, one can become frustrated and angry."

Have you been angry or frustrated with political circus this time around? You have! Read the article. Trust me, your temperature will moderate even if you don't.


image credit: Scott Stratten


Friday, April 22, 2016

microaggressions



I've been wanting to say something about microaggressions for several months. The final straw came when students at the University of Michigan called police after someone chalked TRUMP 2016 on campus. I began to formulate both rant and reason but before I could lay out my wisdom in words I went looking for some visuals. What follows says more than i ever could of this moment in our cultural evolution.