Daneryl Weber

Thank you thank you thank you. You nailed it. I've been bothered by Haidt's one-sided attacks on liberals for a decade. (He once wrote that liberals deserved a "gentle slap in the face" for condescending to conservatives--as he was criticizing liberals for sounding righteous and superior . . .)

As a community college teacher, I am well aware of where the real threat is coming from--and it ain't from students who are trying to find their voices.

You said it all--except this: when these fragile ones tell themselves they're smarter than you, that you're evil, that you threaten their "freedoms," etc. etc. etc.--it doesn't just give them license to "own" you. It gives them license to kill.

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I had a slippery boss who wouldn't put anything in writing. I got in the habit of putting everything we'd talked about into an email myself, with some polite framing such as "just to confirm" or "just to make sure I understood correctly" and then a list of bullet points.

Even if he didn't answer, I had the time stamped request for confirmation, and the ball was in his court. I also had on record that he'd confirmed, denied, or ignored me.

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The metaphor I have used is that they are human cancer cells. They consume everything, are unable to stop, and will eventually kill their host. Just as we are actually doing--or more accurately, as you point out, allowing them to do. Humans are the skin cancer of the earth.

I think, though, that it's more than the fact that money makes them feel safe. Money makes them feel superior. Wealth hoarders need more than others, they need to feel better than everyone else, they need to have more to believe they are good enough, to feel worthy.

But (as we witnessed for the last four years), having ALL of it wouldn't be enough. That psychic black hole may be the destruction of the human species.

The billionaire mind-set is deadly to democracy, not to mention other humans and the entire planet.

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Daneryl Weber

Daneryl Weber

Trying to be a better human, at the intersection of politics and spirituality