Here’s my interview with friend and author, Randy Newman:
I’m grateful that my friend, Lyle Johnson, encouraged me to watch this. Much food for thought!
Cautionary tale from the Brookings Institution (HT: Sen. Ben Sasse)
My dear friend, John Freeman, sent me the idiotic reflections of someone commenting on a recent tragedy. The following words quickly congealed in my mind:
We presume, assume, and finally consume our pathetic speculations.
“We gain awareness of ourselves and others from setbacks and difficulties; we get used to a world that is not always about us; and those who do not have to cope with that are brittle, weak, unable to endure contradiction, convinced of the necessity of always having one’s own way. The rich kids I met in college were flailing as though they wanted to find walls around them, leapt as though they wanted there to be gravity and to hit ground, even bottom, but parents and privilege kept throwing out safety nets and buffers, kept padding the walls and picking up the pieces, so that all their acts were meaningless, literally inconsequential. They floated like astronauts in outer space.”
The rest is here (HT: My sister Lisa)
“And as reasoning is not the source, whence either disputant derives his tenets; it is vain to expect, that any logic, which speaks not to the affections, will ever engage him to embrace sounder principles.”
(As quoted in Haidt, The Righteous Mind, p. 57)