Culture Warriors category archive
David suggests that, in the face of falling polls, Donald Trump is doubling down on racism, hate speech, and lies in what David contends is a culture war. I think is point is worth consideration.
My two or three regular readers have likely noticed that I pay almost no attention to polls and polling data. I decided long ago not to waste these electrons on polls. It’s difficult enough to understand the past. I’m not even going to try to predict the future.
This, however, is not about prediction; it’s about how the perception of the polls is affecting what’s happening now.
At AL.com, Kyle Whitmire considers Alabama’s reluctance to order/request/ask persons to wear masks in the face of the current pandemic. In doing so, he explains the concept of the common good in simple terms:
Government exists to balance individual freedom with the collective good. There are times when government must step in and make people do things they don’t want to do. That’s why we have traffic laws, building codes and zoning ordinances.
Follow the link for the rest of his piece, in which he tries to figure out why many no longer seem to care about the common good in these viral times.
At Psychology Today Blogs, David Ludden reports on a study as to why persons of many major religions kill in the name of their Gods. No excerpt or summary can do the piece justice, as it is indeed itself a summary, but here’s a bit from his introduction:
Given that the central message of religion is peace and love, how is it then that the faithful can be incited to acts of violence? This is the question that University of Nevada Reno psychologist Daniel Jones and colleagues explored in a study recently published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.
Follow the link for the full piece. Methinks it a particularly timely read.
Words fail me.
My first inclination is to put this down to an elaborate hoax, but, given the current state of our polity . . . .
Donald Trump, seeking to appease the evangelical “Christians” in his base, has declared that churches are essential services.
E. J. Montini disagrees, because the Bible tells him so. A nugget (emphasis in the original):
But I recall a priest delivering a sermon on the subject of churches, talking about the Bible verse (Matthew 18:20) where Jesus says, For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
The priest made a joke with the congregation, saying something along the lines of, “While I’m glad you’re all here, and I really do need this job, it doesn’t even take two or three of us to have the Lord with us. We’re able to have that on our own, any time we want.”
At the Inky, Anna Orso explores why gyms are among the foremost challengers of stay-at-home orders in these viral times; the article suggests that there may be elements in addition to the loss of revenue and customers. A snippet:
So why gyms? In addition to business concerns, there’s a machismo factor when it comes to reopening, as there also is with getting into shape and protecting oneself, said Jonathan Metzl, director of the Center for Medicine, Health and Society at Vanderbilt University. That plays out when shutdown protesters stand and move about in large crowds without masks, behavior that experts say is dangerous as the coronavirus continues to spread.
“This idea that ‘I’m indestructible,’ it certainly is something that we see in masculinity more broadly,” Metzl said. “The problem during the pandemic is, people aren’t just putting themselves at risk. They are putting others at risk.”
Gyms don’t make no never mind to me. I’ve always preferred working out at home.
At NJ.com, Milton Hinton takes issue with the reasoning (I use the term loosely) of the “reopen” protestors. A nugget (emphasis added):
When most of us speak of “freedom,” it is related to our personal independence and liberty as described in the Constitution. But there is a growing number who define their own “freedom” as having absolutely no constraint in their choices or actions. That is where the concept becomes dangerous, and leads Americans into becoming zealots who roam and patrol the streets. When those armed persons descend on state capitols demanding freedom, what they mean is removing the safety precautions that help protect all of us us from COVID-19.
In case you missed it in history class (do they still teach history classes?), here are the other four freedoms.