Great post, as always. Reminds me of a couple of things:

The new-ish This American Life episode about words you can’t say, when groups shame and police people “on their own side” when someone says something that doesn’t meet group approval. In the episode, this happens in both very liberal and very conservative factions. It’s not so much an issue of the far left or far right, but any fringe where ambiguity isn’t tolerated so much. Here’s a clip:

Lately I’ve been reading a lot of Alan Watts, Buddhist literature and Father Richard Rohr. What they all have in common is this idea that nothing is separate, and it’s when we try to divide things into us and them, this and that, black and white that we really get in trouble. Here’s a passage from Father Richard Rohr’s The Naked Now:

More than any other personality trait in my life, all-or-nothing thinking has caused me to make huge mistakes and bad judgments, hurt people and myself, withhold love, and misinterpret situations. And this pattern of dualistic or polarity thinking is deeply entrenched in most Western people, despite its severe limitations. Binary thinking is not wrong or bad in itself — in fact, it is necessary in many if not most situations. But it is completely inadequate for the major questions and dilemmas of life.

Anyway, happy early Milwaukee Day! All for 1, 1 for all, 414.

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