If virulent cognitive dissonance upsets you, I recommend not reading the comments section of this uncompromisingly truthful analysis. (Cognitive dissonance being by far the most common response to accusations of being a racist, with frank admission trailing in a distant second place.) Otherwise, have at it.
But I don’t believe [your embarrassment at Obama] had anything to do with his resume or his experience or his character or his conduct in office—because you seem fully proud right now to be associated with a three-time married, serial adulterer and confessed predator; a man whose election and business dealings and relationships are riddled with controversy and malfeasance.You’re perfectly fine being represented by a bullying, obnoxious, genitalia-grabbing, Tweet-ranting, Prime Minister-shoving charlatan who’s managed to offended all our allies in a few short months.And you’re okay with him putting on religious faith like a rented, dusty, ill-fitting tuxedo and immediately tossing it in the garbage when he’s finished with it.
Probably the most articulate, most cogent commentary/exchange I have seen or heard yet, on the subject of cultural appropriation.
It’s a fairly lengthy interview, but well worth it, for the balanced, nuanced, and analytical approach taken by both participants.
“These aren’t genetic issues, they’re cultural issues, so I don’t feel ashamed for any of it,” he said. “I wasn’t there. You weren’t either. And we’re all obligated to use our talents for the good of others, whether our great-grandfather was a Russian immigrant, a slave, or a Southern plantation owner with 5,000 slaves.”
~Richard Rabinowitz, curator at the New-York Historical Society
There’s – almost – nothing new under the sun, as the saying goes. I wonder by what cognitive process watertight believers account for the fact, borne out by history, that there is very little originality in their belief system of choice?
It’s a constructive exercise to encourage discussion on this, and to allay misconceptions due to NPD apparently being social media’s darling disorder, but I somewhat disagree with this interpretation from author and clinical psychologist, Dr. Seth Meyers. As he establishes early on, the narcissistic personality certainly doesn’t stem from a sense of superiority; that’s just how this maladaptive behaviour presents itself. Continue reading →