I’ve got so many things taking up my time these days that I have pretty much zero attention-span for purity testing. I’ve groused about Infinitely Regressing No True Scotsmanship before, and it seems like it is only getting worse. Today I saw an exchange where a person was warned away from going to a business because a family member of the owner has dumb opinions. This was interpreted as a natural an acceptable response by all parties involved in the discussion.
I think there is always room to improve our humanity. I think people should be encouraged to learn and improve themselves. I think people who make a general effort to be good people should be encouraged, and given a pass when they fuck up. My misanthropy has structured itself in such a way that the trolls and holier-than-thous are the ones I’m cancelling. I’m just cancelling them from my own personal sphere though — not calling for their ouster from society at large. Must be a general Hoosier libertarian streak.
I feel the opposite of shouting about it. Shutting down my online accounts, and avoiding places in the real world where credentials are more important than conversation is working pretty well. I even enjoy the occasional respectful, open, and non-fraught conversation.
Casseroles, creoles, and pidgins are more interesting that Robert’s Rules of Order.