FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2017
Cultural revolution accomplished: Thoughts achieved during a long, leisurely day of jury duty:
RE revolutionary heroine Gillibrand and the way these "revolutions of the saints" work:
1) First, our moral leaders do and say nothing whatsoever about the mammoth moral crisis, even in the face of harassment pay-outs taking place under their noses and very much on their watch.
2) Then, they stage their heroic Cultural Revolution. All offenses must be viewed the same; all accusers must be believed. All offenders must leave the stage right now, if not a few minutes sooner.
There is no time for assessment or judgment. A great stampede is on!
Fatuous pundits cheer them on. "Watershed moment" accomplished!
That said, also this: Ruth Marcus spots the problems with this familiar behavior pattern in today's Washington Post. Along the way, she did feel the need to heap the requisite words of praise on Our Own Chairman Mao.
We humans simply aren't smart. The exercise of judgment isn't our typical tendency. Future anthropologists told us this, right there in the jury room, in something which almost resembled a dream as we briefly nodded off.
(It's all anthropology now! They keep telling us that they're living in caves in the aftermath of Mr. Trump's War. "Yes, but what about 'the resistance?'" So we've often said.)