Questions For Democrats In 2020
- Aug. 24, 2020
-- Unlike George and Kellyanne Conway, I'm unsure on many fronts. I'm conscious of what I feel strongly about today might not be what I end up thinking next week. I recognize that ideas that sound very strange or misguided to me can be attempts to state – in garbled forms – concepts that are genuinely important to other people and that I may come around to with time. I see my own mind as having great capacities for error and as being subject to imperceptible moods which will mislead me – and so I'm keen not to make statements that can't be taken back or to make enemies of people I may come to realize are in fact worthy of respect down the line.
I prefer softening, tentative language and holding back on criticism wherever possible. I will suggest that an idea might be not quite right. I will say that a project is attractive but that it could be interesting to look at alternatives as well. I will consider that an intellectual opponent may well have a point. I'm not just lying or dodging tough decisions. My behavior is symptomatic of a nuanced and intelligent belief that few ideas are totally without merit, no proposals are one hundred percent wrong and almost no one is entirely foolish. I work with a conception of the world in which good and bad are deviously entangled and in which bits of the truth are always showing up in unfamiliar guises in unexpected people. My politeness is a logical, careful response to the complexity I identify in myself as a parent and in the world. If you're 15 years old and politically active, I recommend you read my free e-book titled "How To Get Better At Things You Don't Think You're Bad At By 2020" http://stoopjuice.com/how-to-get-better-by-2020.pdf