Morality- Restoring the Common Good - May 25th
by Jonathan Sacks
Thursday May 25, 2022
Can We Reason Together - Part III
Chapter 12 – Safe Space
Welcome everyone to the United Methodist Men’s Book Study –
How did we do with last meeting’s challenge:
- How can we create Trust?
Recap from – Post Truth –
What is Post-Truth?
When the facts are less influencing than the emotional or personal belief of the story.
Manipulation of the messages we see…
Algorithms show us more of what we looked at before, or what ‘they’ want us to see
Who does this?
Social Media Platforms… to get more look time, mor clicks, more adds and your personal
information – what you like, what you buy, what you read.
Companies – Facebook, Cambridge Analytica, Governments –
How Can We Protect Ourselves:
Use your Experience
Chapter 12 - Safe Space
What is a ‘Safe Space’?
A place where challenging beliefs is not allowed, only supporting discussions.
A Cloistered world.
What are examples of cloistered words today?
What happens when we stop discussions?
Do we Abandon the first amendment?
Are We all the same, and believe the same?
Honor Vs. Dignity
Honor – A direct response to an insult
Dignity – Don’t take it personally (turn the other cheek?)
How honorble when chasing dignity turns to pressure a 3rd party (Police, Legislature) to punish
the ‘wrong doer’.
If you designate a space as “Safe from Discussion” do all other places become ‘Unsafe’?
What happens then?
Is Freedom of Speech Unlimited?
No… But restrictions on speech are kept NARROW, on purpose
Speech promoting violence or insurrection
Do we have an
Intolerance for Intellectual Diversity?
Intolerance for Belief/Religious Diversity?
Intolerance for Race Diversity?
Intolerance for Biological Diversity?
HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?
How did we become so afraid of others?
We used to be a Moral community, collectively engaged in the pursuit of Truth.
Now our pursuit is about POWER
He who can mobilize the most followers for a particular viewpoint / leader / action - WINS
Dichotomous thinking – You are on my side, or you are the enemy.
Over Generalization – Wanting a UNIVERSAL FIX – ignoring the specifics
Catastrophization – It isn’t the End-Of-The-World … yet.
Mind-Reading – You really don’t know what everyone, or anyone is thinking.
When our country was created, and at certain times in our history, we lived to high ideals, and we
answered great challenges, we aspired to greatness… and even though we often fell short, we did not
give up, we tried again. We failed BOLDLY.
We stood up for what was right. We fought for moral reasons, we passed laws, struck down laws for
moral reasons, we waged wars on poverty, not poor people. We sacrificed, we cared about our
neighbors. We put our money where our mouths were, and we never beat our chest. We built great
big things, made ungodly technological advances, explored the universe, cured diseases, and we
cultivated the world's greatest artists and the world's greatest economy. We reached for the stars,
acted like men. We aspired to intelligence, we didn't belittle it, it didn't make us feel inferior. We
didn't identify ourselves by who we voted for in our last election, and we didn't we didn't scare so
easy. - Will McAvoy
What we forget we repeat.
How do we blackmail those who questions us, or those we disagree with?
- Yelp, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter
When we let the truth die, all that is left is the will of the powerful.
Audi, Alteram, Partem… Hear the other side…
- Greek Senate
How can we hear the ‘other’ side?
Next Week – Part 3, Chapter 12 - Two Ways to Argue