We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The idea of individual agency, which lay at the core of the case for traditional human rights, is now seen as part of the vernacular of oppression, as it interferes with the movement to separate people into racially defined categories. Likewise, the idea of dialogue rested on the idea of a shared language. Instead, we now are required to accede to the belief that we all inhabit mutually impenetrable realms marked by our identity, and that some of these realms confer special insight and intuitive powers that allow one to interpret and identify hidden meaning and concealed bias in the language of others.
If we were that thoroughly unable to understand each other, literature, music, and most art would be impossible. It is not impossible for us to understand a person who comes from a different group and has had other experiences. We all do it all the time.
Or perhaps not. Maybe these folks are actually just confessing that they are unable to understand others, and projecting it onto us.
Assistant Village Idiot
>>...confer special insight and intuitive powers that allow one to interpret and identify hidden meaning and concealed bias in the language of others.
Faster than a speeding bullet!
More powerful than a locomotive!
Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound!
Look! Up in the Sky:
It’s a Bird,
It’s a Plane,
…It’s Superman !!
Strange visitor from another planet, who came to earth with powers and abilities far beyond mortal men…