Oct 052016
 

This is a mindset clearly to avoid when building a better community. No group of people has a monopoly of goodness. People are people. We all think ourselves as being on the good side.

Only the people indoctrinated in a fundamentalist worldview perceive all what is on “other side” as always wicked, wrong, sinful, evil. They won’t give their opponents any chance, from the moment they open they mouth. The situation (from the side of the political Left)  is described, for example, in the introduction of Nick Cohen’s “What’s Left”

This is how conflicts start and grow. Search yourself and see if you change your moral perception of a statement depending on which “camp” it is coming from.  Fight it. We need to build bridges, not to burn them.

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Nov 222015
 

I think it is worse than fear of terrorism. It is unreal. Yet we have many examples. Lets just promise ourselves that if we ever build our Good New Town, we won’t be afraid. We won’t be afraid to express ourselves, we won’t be afraid of non-existing far away person getting offended of our yoga poses or feather headdresses. If somebody is personally uncomfortable with me enjoying myself – lets have an honest face to face conversation about the issues and hopefully resolve them. Nothing should go under the carpet. art by Alexandra Cook

I am ethnically mostly Russian. We are not a minority world-wide, but I am in a minority where I live. It is surprises me sometime when people do, as they think, something Russian, and it isn’t. If they are close friends I may joke about this and correct them. But ultimately, it is their business as long as they don’t directly bully me for being Russian. As simple as that.

There is no ethical value in political correctness. There’s no wisdom or kindness in it. It what people scared of their own shadows do. And we want to live in a good new town…

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