Other Opinions #65 – Trying to make sense of Bourdain

https://www.popehat.com/2018/06/10/randazza-trying-to-make-sense-of-bourdain/

There is something to this one that seems to strike home for me. The idea of “success” as ultimately unsatisfying is something that doesn’t get talked about enough. Give me a family and community any day of the week.

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Other Opinions #60 – Dating Apps are a ‘total crapshoot’

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/dating-apps-are-a-total-crapshoot-but-new-offerings-give-hope-for-meaningful-dating-1.4657672

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Other Opinions #59 – Kenneth Eng Is On The Other Side of Viral Now

https://www.popehat.com/2018/02/25/kenneth-eng-is-on-the-other-side-of-viral-now/

My favourite line is actually from a comment by Lawrence D’Anna:

Something about the internet and modern media makes us conflate “this person acted like an asshole” with “he’s human garbage, let’s destroy his life”.

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Other Opinions #58 – The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas

What sane person could live in this world and not be crazy?

In honour of the late Ursula K. Le Guin.

The story itself is still under copyright, but I highly encourage you to go buy it, borrow it,  read it. It is short, and brilliant, and will leave you thinking.

http://www.latimes.com/books/jacketcopy/la-et-jc-leguin-scalzi-20180123-story.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ones_Who_Walk_Away_from_Omelas

Other Opinion #57 – Jordan Peterson and the Big Mistake of University Censors

http://www.macleans.ca/news/canada/jordan-peterson-and-the-big-mistake-of-university-censors/

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Other Opinions #51 – Tolerance is not a Moral Precept

https://extranewsfeed.com/tolerance-is-not-a-moral-precept-1af7007d6376

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This one is a really interesting take on tolerating intolerance and that whole mess, and unpacks it in a way that makes a lot of sense, but also I think fails to line up with how tolerance is actually often used. I’ve seen people with both conservative and liberal viewpoints try to open up what are essentially peace talks in the current ongoing culture war around diversity, only to be shouted down in the name of not tolerating intolerance.

Liberals need to recognize that not every form of conservatism is a fundamental threat to their very existence (some are, sure, but it’s not exactly difficult to tell them apart), and conservatives need to stop whining about their viewpoints not being tolerated just because they’re unpopular right now.

Tolerance is a peace treaty, but peace requires minimal trust and good faith, both of which are sorely lacking.