I Didn’t ‘Cancel’ Anybody’s ‘Culture’!

Why is it that people these days feel a need to create cutesy sayings that could be otherwise defined without completely re-writing the English language?  A week or so ago, I puzzled and pondered over being called ‘woke’, which made no sense at all either grammatically or in terms of syntax.  I am awake most often, and I awoke this morning, but … que es esto ‘woke’???  Okay, so I figured that one out with help from both Merriam-Webster, Google, and a few helpful readers.  Before that, there was ‘social distancing’, which is just a nice term for ‘stay away from people’.  More than a few times, I’ve been labelled a ‘snowflake’, which I always take as a compliment, for snowflakes are beautiful and unique, but I’m told it isn’t intended as a compliment.  How I long for the good ol’ days when people just called me “bitch” and I knew what they thought of me.

Today’s latest, and I’ve heard it bandied about a few times, but only today did it fly onto my radar, is “cancel culture”.  What the SAM HELL do these people even mean?  Okay, back to my ol’ friend Google, who tells me that ‘cancel culture’ “describes a form of boycott in which an individual (usually a celebrity) who has acted or spoken in a questionable or controversial manner is boycotted.”  So … why the hell didn’t they just say that???  Is this a generational trick to try to exclude us older folks from the conversation?

I go on record right now, today, at this very moment, as saying that if people must speak in these evasive terms, then I do not choose to take part in the conversation.  I could wipe the floor with those who think this is cute … remember, I came of age in the 1960s when “Lay it on me, man”, and “All show and no go”, and “Let it all hang out” were the buzz phrases of the day.

The first time I heard of ‘cancel culture’ was a few weeks ago when it was used by Ivanka Kushner, after she was uninvited to give the commencement address at Wichita State University in Kansas, in part because of her father’s unfeeling responses to the murder of George Floyd, and in part because they realized that Ivanka cannot relate to the average person just finishing college, walking into the world of uncertainty.  She was, after all, born with a silver spoon in her mouth and has never … not one day in her life … been deprived or denied anything she wanted.

Speaking of Ivanka …

On Tuesday, Ivanka apparently became the unofficial spokesperson for Goya products!  Now, you may or may not know that many of us, this writer included, are boycotting (cancel culturing???) Goya products after Goya’s CEO, Robert Unanue, praised Donald Trump, saying …

“We are all truly blessed … to have a leader like President Trump who is a builder. We have an incredible builder, and we pray. We pray for our leadership, our president.”

This after Trump said of Mexican immigrants to the U.S. …

“They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

You just keep on praying Mr. Unanue, because while I used to use Goya rice and beans in my cooking … I will never again purchase your products.

But, Ivanka and Donnie have both endorsed Goya in the past week …

Ivanka-Goya

Trump-Goya

The United States Office of Government Ethics has this little rule called the Hatch Act that says, “Executive branch employees may not use their Government positions to suggest that the agency or any part of the executive branch endorses an organization (including a nonprofit organization), product, service, or person.”

Hmmmm … but the rules of ethics don’t really seem to apply to Trump & Co, do they?  Remember just a week or two after Trump’s inauguration, when his ‘senior advisor’, Kellyanne Conway, publicly promoted Ivanka’s line of apparel and other over-priced junk?  That, too, was in violation of the same ethics ruling, yet Kellyanne is still part of Trump’s entourage of clowns and has paid no price for her perfidy.  Neither I’m sure, will Ivanka.  Rules, in the world of Trump, are for us peons, made to be disregarded by those of wealth and power.

But back to ‘cancel culture’.  If I choose not to buy Goya products, or shop at Wal-Mart or Home Depot, or eat at Chick-Fil-A because the people who would profit from my purchases support an ideology that I find offensive, that is my choice.  I am making a consumer choice based on my own values.  My purchasing power is my voice. I am not canceling anybody’s culture, but rather am refusing to support those who are racist, homophobic, or abuse their employees.  Period.  No need for cutesy labeling.  It seems to me this is just another way to further divide the populace of this nation, as are the other labels that people have dreamed up for those who don’t agree with them, or don’t act the same or believe the same.

Meanwhile, both Donald and Ivanka are in violation of ethics rules and both should be officially censured, or better yet, fired!

56 thoughts on “I Didn’t ‘Cancel’ Anybody’s ‘Culture’!

  1. Being one of the Baby Boomers, most of the “slang” phrases being tossed around these days truly confound me. If the intentions are the same as every other generation, going back to the 1920’s, we are not supposed to understand! I’ve long passed being groovy and I no longer dig it. I suppose that I’m more of a dweeb than a preppy. I try not to diss anyone, especially not my peeps. I thought that I was woke, but I’m not so sure of that any longer. However, I’m fairly certain that I have not cancelled anybody’s culture. I’m not fond of having “OK Boomer” directed towards me, but I suppose in light of the above…it should be expected! Catch you on the flip side! Thank-you! P.S. Goya who??? I now only use Progresso!

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    • You have successfully made me actually laugh!!! I still haven’t figured out what that “OK Boomer” is supposed to mean! Thanks for the fun comment, my dear friend!!! Love You!

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      • If I understand the phrase correctly : OK Boomer = being dissed by the youngers as in that our opinions and ideas are antiquated and outdated , no longer of much value. WHAK!

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        • Ahhh … well, I remember thinking the same of my own elders when I was a snotty-nosed, know-it-all teen, but … by the time I reached adulthood, I knew they were wiser than me, so isn’t it about time these 20-somethings grew up??? WHAK!!!

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  2. Excellent post Jill. Just as the Goya CEO has a right to his free speech to say whatever BS he wants to about the moron…you too have every right to stop buying his product because you disagree with his statements. Isn’t that the way it’s supposed to work in this country?

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    • Thanks, Jeff! It annoys me for someone to say I’m doing something wrong by boycotting certain businesses or products. But then, I’m annoyed with most things today … it would seem that no matter what we do if we follow our conscience, we are somehow in the wrong. If people paid half as much attention to their own lives as they pay to others’, the world might start to improve! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

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      • You keep implying I am telling you not to boycott whomever you want to boycott. That’s not true, so you are wasting emotional energy on a false belief that does not align with reality. You then say stuff that is then imposed on me that is not true; it is based on your belief. You are victimizing yourself but blaming me as if I were the cause.

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  3. This is wokeness – critical race theory inserted and imposed on the public domain, a fundamental principle (I would say ‘belief’ in the religious sense of the term) of what it means to be ‘woke’ – paid for by public money and inserted into a public institution as if true, as if reflective and descriptive of reality, rather than a Marxist political and social ideology of class hierarchy… in this case, based on a racial categorization and racial ideology that does not align with reality.

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  4. Jill, as a 61 year old person who has made his share of mistakes and said stupid things, even though I endeavor not to do so, I would hate to be running for office or be in the public spotlight. There are no perfect people and everyone has things in their past they would prefer not to have to discuss.

    I fully recognize some sins are worse than others. And, patterns of poor behaviors are worse than someone who messes up one time, but does the right thing 19 times out of 20.

    And, context of the times matter. For example, white silence during the Jim Crow made it last. But, courage to speak out against oppression is difficult.

    Speaking of patterns of behavior, the president tends to not let corrupt, untruthful or unethical actions be a roadblock to what he does and says Unfortunately, he has taught his children those behaviors are acceptable. That is unforunate.

    Keith

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    • You’re so right, Keith. None of us are perfect, but some of us, you and I included, try hard to do the right thing, to help rather than hurt. There are others, and Trump is but one of them, who feel superior, who believe that if you don’t parrot them, then you must be “the enemy”. Until the past few years, I never stopped to think about how demeaning the Washington Redskins name was, but now that I know, I cringe every time I hear it. Those of us with a conscience learn to be better … sadly, others do not.

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  5. Life was simple when I was a young teenager as my best friend and I just divided everything into Fab or Square; if anyone was not sure whether something was fab or square, they were square. Obviously we thought we were fab, but never berated anyone for being square. The best we can do now is not say anything or plead guilty in advance for misthinking, oversaying, underhearing and misspeaking.

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  6. Ivanka is quite out of touch from her ivory tower. In a series of ads she is encouraging out-of-work Americans to “find something new.” According to Ivanka, it is aimed at challenging the idea that traditional college is the only option to acquire the skills needed to secure a job. Totally clueless why most ppl are out of work due to the pandemic and not from lack of viable skills!
    This video will have you chuckle:

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    • From New Discourses”:

      ““Cancellation” or “cancel culture” is largely understood as an aspect and, indeed, an escalation of “call-out culture,” in which a public figure is found to have said or done something problematic and is then called out for it, most commonly on social media. This leads to mass outrage and demands for a boycott of the individual’s work, their firing from their job or work opportunities, or the retraction of invitations to events (or an outright cancellation of their event). One would be immediately forgiven for identifying it with what it is: a modern, social-media-driven instantiation of Maoist-style struggle sessions in which problematic individuals are subjected to mass public shame, forced to apologize, and then shamed further.”

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    • And free markets appeal to the people … or not. The people’s voice is their purchasing power. No grand conspiracy here … I simply choose not to spend my hard-earned money to put profit in the pockets of bigots.

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  7. I suppose this counter-culture speak is no worse than we did to out parents back in the 60’s, Far out, Groovy and the rest.. It’s just our turn to be the confused adults now. As for Trump, has he left anyone in the Ethics Office, I imagine they went early otherwise someone is not doing their job.censure for both Trumps and Kellyanne Conway..
    Cwtch

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    • Counter culture? …or you could find out what it’s actually about, where you might even discover that reaction to this ongoing discordant social upheaval so many people support by assuming their actions are ‘good’ is the major reason why Trump got elected in the first place rather than assume it’s something trivial. It’s not. It’s endemic on every campus in the country and sweeping through business and media. Just this week, Bari Weiss and Andrew Sullivan have left the NYT because of this ‘woke’ hostile takeover of the editorial staff. It’s not trivial. It’s anti-liberal, anti-American, and hostile to your fundamental rights and freedoms. This social movement is what drove the Evergreen College take-over (and demise), the Oberlin College idiocy (and demise), has brought into being the ‘equity, diversity, and inclusion’ drive that hires grievance study ‘scholars’ by the thousands and authorizes these ‘RightThink’ administrative staff to then decide and direct acceptable scientific research, authorizes them to shut down and push out even tenured staff that doesn’t first agree to follow the ‘correct’ ideology. The very first hiring criteria for new doctoral graduates in ANY subject is a mandated requirement to prove dedication to ‘diversity’ implementing diversity ideology. This is what got James Demore fired from Google, the man who had explained in a memo why he couldn’t find equal numbers of female tech graduates to meet his hiring quota. This movement is why Dr Laura discovered it was a greater crime to ‘offend’ than any crime actually being criticized. It’s not a ‘counter’ culture whatsoever but an ideological creep that is now directing public policy demands and changes to law.

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      • Y’know, tildeb … there is a way you could make your point shorter, clearer, and without attempting to insult my readers. It seems that your only purpose here is to antagonize … is that the case, or are you attempting to start a dialogue and simply don’t know how?

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        • Yes, I’m sure there is a way I could make my comments shorter. But I usually try to explain in paragraph form my position so that others can follow my reasoning and, if they disagree, tell me where it goes off track. Hence, the length.

          As for my tone, what you consider an intention to insult, I’ve always been criticized for it when the readers do not interact, correct, or clarify their position if it is contrast with the points I raise. That’s not a counter point to criticize my tone; it’s a tactic to excuse having to respond in kind with a reasoned counter point. You keep presuming I am insulting people – insulting you – when, in fact, I am criticizing the opinions and beliefs you and other commentators may have. I shouldn’t have to say it but I will to be crystal clear: you are not your beliefs, which is why I have quite intentionally said several times that the main enablers of the woke ideology – like almost every religious person I know in regards to their religious beliefs – are motivated by good intentions and an earnest desire to be helpful, to bring about change that helps people. But none of those intentions in any way mitigates the support of ideas and ideology that when acted upon I think causes a very great deal of harm to great number of people in real life, namely by undermining our shared rights and freedoms in the name of something else. That’s at the heart of what going on in this movement and this is just as true for those who – intentionally or not – support and promote this totalitarian ideology of group identity that is disguised as being about social justice for real individuals when, in fact, it is a sustained attack against your and my shared rights and freedoms in law as individuals and slowly replaced by this toxic group rights and group freedoms and legal group privilege. This group-based ideology replacing individual autonomy in law for what many consider good reasons is a malignant ideology held by many very nice people thinking they are doing good by helping to implement group-based rights in place of individual rights. This approach has historically been, currently is, and probably always shall be a path to the very worst human rights abuses. This is what is at the end of this ideological path so many nice people filled with good intentions are helping bring about by their belief in the narrative model being presented. My point is that I think you are being used and fooled by being led to believe you are helping real in real life who are victims in need of your aid. But the effect of you and others acting on this belief is that you and many others of good intentions are helping to undermine the fundamental rights and freedoms in law for everyone including yourself in the name of feeling virtuous.That’s why I comment as I do, because I feel an obligation as a responsible citizen to the next generation to stand up and defend their inheritance far too many people filled with good intentions are willing to trade away to help the ‘victim’ class of a false narrative.

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    • ‘Tis true that we had our own, as you say, but ours was more … rebellion against what we saw as the ‘establishment’ in general. Today’s seems to have a more malicious intent, to find ways to cut down any and all who don’t agree with one’s point of view.

      Walter Shaub, who used to head the Office of Government Ethics, resigned shortly after Trump took office, and since then, I think most of the department is likely filled with Trump sycophants. Shaub periodically weighs in on Twitter or via an OpEd about how the department is failing us.

      Cwtch

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  8. Now that the Trump brand is in the toilet, it looks like the First Family of Scammers is going to try to steal the Goya brand. Makes sense, After all, Goya is just a bunch of foreigners. Look for a Goya Tower in Moscow in 2022.

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  9. “Woke” is new age jibber-jabber masquerading as righteous gravy smothering common sense. You and I may be “of an age”, but that doesn’t mean we’re stupid enough to succumb to inane assignations deemed relevant by social media nincompoops. Fear not and call bullshit on anyone who smirks otherwise. My goodness!

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    • Jibber jabber? Yeah, that’s what cost Gibson’s bakery a loss of business when a legitimate and legal response to shoplifting by Oberlin students was ‘corrected’ to be racism by the college administration against the bakery owners. It was jibber jabber carrying around baseball bats searching for ‘racist’ professors to ‘correct’ for daring to be on campus during Black-Only Tuesday while demanding campus police stay away and receiving de facto permission from the administration to carry on enforcing their jibber jabber without any fear of police ‘brutality’ interfering with their purge. It’s jibber jabber to have a woman’s convicted rapist share the same cell block in a women’s prison because the male now identifies as a ‘woman’, jibber jabber that pulls funding from rape crisis centers who will not allow fully endowed males unfettered access because they claim to feel like a ‘woman’, that it is jibber jabber that these feelings of being a woman matter more than the physical safety of real life victims.

      I wish I were just making stuff up here, that these wer enot real and recent examples of an iudeological approachg in the public domain that is riding roughshod over the truth, over facts, over real concerns, that this jibber jabber was in fact trivial. But every day it’s implementation is causing very real harm to very real people in real life… and where daring to raise the subject of this ongoing and increasing harm has people figuratively clutching their pearls that they and their woken action and woken support for impelling this woken movement ever forward in the public domain for what they presume are the best of reasons, filled with good intentions, means they are being unfairly painted as mean. Oh… and we can’t have that.

      It’s the same reasoning used by Ben Affleck to accuse Sam Harris of being a racist because Harris dared to criticize the religion of Islam (for its terrible treatment of women in countries that used Islamic law). The accusation alone is sufficient to make it true, that Harris must be racist because Ben says so, which is EXACTLY what is wrong with the Trump administration: being woke means it’s ALL about following the ‘correct’ narrative (which is what the Trump administration does) and who cares about who gets hurt (how many Covid-19 deaths today?) as long as we can feel connected with this social justice movement (because it is against Trump only, you see, and not the obvious danger and harm caused by being willing to follow a narrative and avoid hurting any feelings… except those who deserve to be hurt because, well, they’re not willing supporters of the narrative and so are racist, you see, bigots like JK Rowling for calling an adult female a ‘woman’, and not going along with the narrative model that I am told is necessary for social justice… so following the one narrative is bad but following the other very virtuous).

      Following the social justice narrative and correctly self-censoring to avoid hurting anyone’s feelings who are on our side MAKES us really good people, you see, and everyone who does not stroke our egos for doing so but DARES to criticize the following of a narrative are really bad people who – Gasp! – might hurt some feelings! That’s intolerable!

      Well, I don’t know about you but I have never learned anything from anyone who fully agrees with me. Real dialogue involves opinions and positions we might find uncomfortable and even offensive, especially when they make us question our own assumptions. But maybe that’s more just jibber jabber.

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      • In my mind “woke” insults my intelligence. I’m well aware of social injustice, racism and political corruption. Call it jibber-jabber because it reminds me of greedy self-help entrepreneurs. During the 70s and early 80s, EST (Erhard Seminars Training) bilked millions worldwide. Costly seminars spat out insufferably indoctrinated participants (my roommate being one) mindlessly parroting “awake” with robotic repetition of EST catch phrase “I get it”. That’s how I see “woke” as pointless jibber-jabber. Sigh.

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  10. “Woke” is a word that tries to pretend those who call themselves “awake,” but are actually
    still sound asleep. I have long been aware that people love to lie about themselves to make them feel better. That can only happen if they are snoring.

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    • Before the 2016 election, people could not believe that Trump had much if any chance of winning. I tried to explain to people that they were following a media-driven narrative and not paying attention to the widespread concern about threats to fundamental rights and freedoms that so many real people on the Republican side seemed aware but so many on the Democratic side of the political divide seemed oblivious. Well, if one didn’t pay any attention (and really listen) to what many spokespeople on the Republican and all kinds of well known Democrats complaining they no longer had a home on the Left because they once said or did whatever, were saying, of course the results would be surprising. Shocking, even. The results went against the media- and social media-driven narrative, you see. That should have been a wake up call. But, as usual, ideologues (just like creationists) when challenged by contrary facts (hey, did anyone notice Trump became the President?) have this tendency to double down on the belief and vilify anyone who tries to allow reality – and not narrative – to arbitrate beliefs about it. These shocked people today think Trump is the problem, remains the problem, that if we just get rid of this guy, everything else will fall into place. That’s delusional thinking, that by doing the same thing, we should expect different results.The same concerns are being raised by Republican voters and more and more people who identify politically as liberals are being cast out for not being aligned enough with the social justice narrative. Here we go again.

      Those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it. Those who don’t understand why people aware of the extent of self-censoring needed (absolutely endemic on campus if you talk and listen to students who feel they have to keep their mouths shut) and the daily examples of people vilified who do not into the ‘correct’ narrative of the Left (Steve Pinker, lately) might be pissed off enough to actually vote for this clown – that this clown was IN FACT a better option in the minds of tens of millions of citizens being shut out from speaking publicly (or be labeled as racist, bigots, and people who discriminate against victims of systemic power imbalances) – are actually part of the problem that gave rise to a Trump. Put another way, Trump is a symptom.

      So only addressing the symptom is really poor medicine. The problem remains the attack against fundamental rights and freedoms, the shutting down of necessary debate, the vilification of those who actually try to IMPLEMENT classical liberal values like freedom of speech and equality rights. The attack against implementing these values is based a false narrative, a framing of the world into a [power hierarchy, that then seeks to impose a hierarchical solution to that framing. The problem is, the framing is wrong. It’s factually incorrect. The problem is us.

      We don’t appreciate why our fundamental rights and freedoms – like freedom of speech and equality law – are essential to the historical health and welfare of our entire political, social, and economic system. These classical liberal values are under threat – not just by Trump but – by those who presume the narrative that these values are the problem, that they create and sustain the hierarchy, and so they need to be dismantled not just by law but by social effect, by protecting freedom of speech with banning, with censoring, with hate laws, with disinviting and deplatforming. That’s the narrative. We need to protect and stimulate diversity by insisting on equity – not equality – policies that are measured by producing the same results or the disparity reveals discrimination (unless the disparity is in the favor of the ‘victimized’ group… like Black Caribbeans who rank above not only other minority groups for people of color but whites in all kinds of economic, social, and educational measurements… that that disparity does NOT reflect systemic inequity because…. maybe Ben Affleck can explain why?). That’s the narrative. We need to promote equality rights, so we are told, by upholding equity quotas, reduce racism by inserting racial categories and quotas and privileges. That’s the narrative. It’s wrong. It’s factually wrong; following the power structure narrative does NOT produce equality, diversity, or inclusion. It produces EXACTLY the opposite.

      The problem is widespread belief in these narratives combined with the deplorable intolerance of criticism against them. That’s why the woke movement has all the same traits as religious cults, with the same social tools or vilification, shaming, and struggle sessions used by believers against the non believers. This IS the problem – belief in the narrative – and not which side of the artificial political divide one seeks to call home nor those who point out the destructive element that believing in the narrative causes.

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      • As long as those who want get what they want, and those who are told to want believe they are getting what they are told to want, nothing will change.
        I would say that people have to know what they want on their own terms to actually get them, but we are humans. We think only others cann tell us what we really want.
        The rest is silence.

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    • I think that sometimes we convince even ourselves that we are somebody we are not. But remember, my friend, that none of us are perfect. Some of us keep trying to do better, but understanding that we’ll never be without flaws.

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      • Jill, You certainly aren’t. I feel so out of touch a good part of the time and I keep or at least try to keep up with the news.
        I don’t like the way “Woke” is being used. It’s crazy. But, then most things are getting crazier to me these days. Have a good Friday and a safe weekend.

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        • I don’t like it either! In fact, all the labeling is annoying and to me indicates a sign of laziness, of not being able to express themselves using the English language. How much better it would be, how much closer we might come to civil discourse, if they proposed ideas and started conversations rather than simply name-calling and labeling?

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          • People shouldn’t be “Labeled” all the time anyway.
            I hate the way this “Movement” is changing things.
            Sadly, I never really noticed the color of skin when I saw a photo. Now, I seem to notice it more. I hate that. I don’t like the “Black Lives Matter” if we aren’t also allowed to say, “All Lives Matter.” Or “All Italians Matter” Etc. Etc.
            Why divide us more?
            I also do not like being told I came from”White Privilege” as if I have done something wrong. Or that my family has.
            Because of migraines and other health issues, I loss a lot of my ability to speak well. To write well. I remember I good I use to be.
            I hate people who have the ability to express themselves who feel the need to come up with new words or new meanings for the words we have.
            It’s frustrating for me, knowing what I want to say and not being able to.
            Why can’t they use the language they were taught?
            We have a beautiful language.

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            • I understand the Black Lives Matter movement, for I’ve long lived in an African-American neighborhood and have seen firsthand the inequalities and injustices. No, it doesn’t mean that other lives, be it Caucasian, Latino, Arabic, don’t matter, but blacks have been singled out for discrimination ever since the end of slavery, and all they are asking is that we look at them, see them as humans, as equals. In one sense, we who are Caucasian have lived lives of privilege, for we know that we can walk down the street or drive our car across town without being stopped by police for no reason. We’ve never had to be afraid in the way that black people have learned to be. Yes, all lives do matter, but for white people it’s always been a given … for others, not so much. I do, though, hate labels, especially words that have always meant one thing, and now they’ve been given an ugly connotation. Who thinks these things like “woke” and “snowflake” and “boomer” up, anyway??? And why do they catch on? I am so sorry about your troubles, my friend. Take care of yourself and don’t let all of this get you down if you can help it.

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              • It wouldn’t have except just this morning we heard that 3 men were killed near us. Murdered. We live out in the boonies.
                They all visited the park once or twice a month for years.
                I agree with you, that we have never had to worry as much as other races have had to.
                I am only recently understanding how their lives are different.
                I haven’t really see it.

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                    • There is a very strong connection here, Sarah.

                      The woke movement is an ideology that is trying to replace the framework of how we live together by tearing down and destroying liberal values and substituting a framework that supposedly describes the world in terms of power and hierarchy. It’s a narrative.

                      SARS-CoV-2 is a virus that is described by a disease we call Covid-19. It’s not a narrative: is a real world, real life disease with a real life source.

                      It’s very important to be able to tell the difference between a narrative and its source, a disease and its source. It matters because finding a solution is utterly dependent on establishing what the problem – what the cause of the problem – actually is.

                      Here’s why the point is so important: if people in positions of public authority can’t, or choose not to, allow reality to determine the truthiness of a narrative, you get the very situation you’re in: reality wins (and Covid-19 runs rampant). And reality always wins. Every. Time. In the meantime, while we are busy pursuing and vying with partisan narratives, everybody gets to pay the price of this lunacy from those who think the narrative they prefer determines reality rather than what’s true: reality determines the accuracy of the narrative.

                      I say this because getting rid of Trump is addressing a symptom like addressing a disease… all we can do is react and try to mitigate the damage. It’s a losing strategy but, hey, very important if one is suffering.

                      Addressing the PROBLEM, however – not just the symptom – is necessary if one wishes to find a solution rather than merely a palliative. So understanding the role of narrative that is ideologically driven – whether by Trump or by some Woke politician – as the PROBLEM is necessary before a solution to this Group-Think hierarchical narrative can be implemented. To address the problem of Covid-19 means we have to find a solution for SARS-CoV-2. To address the problem of Wokeness means we have to find a solution for belief in narrative partisan ideology.

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