In today’s world of fake news, race baiting, trolling, safe spaces and PC culture; it is not hard to see why censorship is on the rise. Questioning someone’s perceived view of themselves is the new blasphemy to the gods of capitalism and socialism. These deities will allow nothing to get in the way of commerce or the new social order of sameness, while categorizing you based on sex, gender, race, and political affiliation for better control.
The modern reaction to anything that isn’t accepting of everything is so predictable you do not even have to watch the news. Is there a way to break this cycle?
Open and honest discussion is the only thing that will prevent censorship and overreaction. Well that and being able to accept that someone, somewhere will hurt your feelings and enjoy doing it.
This means having the freedom to discuss controversial topics without a loss of employment or having an angry mob show up at your house (or internet profile). This is key to a free society. Society needs to allow “hate” speech, or at least disagreeable speech, and encourage uncomfortable questions to be asked.
Uncomfortable questions do not mean that it is the right question, but uncomfortable questions need to be asked so we can determine if they are the right question. We need to constantly discover the right questions not just find the right answers.
The right questions tend to be the most painful. Our goal should be to find the right questions and then the right answers.
Today, more than ever, we need heroes to fight for the right to ask these uncomfortable questions. Shutting down conversations will only make unchallenged toxic thoughts fester and grow.
The right answers will always be a work in progress. There is always more nuance to a truthful statement. You can always refine it a little bit more. These questions and answers give us meaning in life.
What would happen if a society decided that it was not interested in the right answers? Or even worse, not even interested in asking the right questions? What if an entire people accepted the tyranny of relativism (you cannot know what is true as the only truth)?
I would argue that people would lose meaning, hope and drive to become a person that is fully alive. If these people lost enough of it; they would give into despair.
People will stop eating a meal if it is bland, how much more will they stop living life if it has no flavor? America needs to rediscover meaning, questioning, debating and civil arguing. If there is no healthy way for people to find meaning they will become listless and give up on life.
Sanctioned chaos is what is needed. The ability to ask a question that will bring chaos into the world. To wreak the foundations of someone’s premises (especially our own), to destroy all the falsehoods that we hold so dear to our hearts. We need the ability of taking a hammer to the ideas of our gurus to see if they hold true as we beat them against the anvil of civil discussion.
Then, and only then, can we have a sanctuary to find a true answer that will bring order back into our lives.
If you want to get a better context of this article and all the ones that will follow the Sanction Series…
Pick up Roman McClay’s book Sanction and read it with me. Each week I will be reading a bit and writing about my thoughts. My thoughts will NOT be a summary of his work.