Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Sides


Has the world always been so black and white? Is this simply something that I had never noticed before? The conviction that anyone who has a differing view must be unenlightened. The eagerness to demonise, shame and dismiss others. Oh, you think that the HK protesters are, at times, exacerbating the situation? You must be pro-China. You eat meat, drive your car, fly, buy goods from multinationals, use plastic? You must not care about the environment. You care about the loss of Australian wildlife and still eat meat? You have no right to care.

I acknowledge that it is the loudest people who garner the most attention and they are simply a subset of that population.

But the call-out culture and the obsession with being "woke" on the internet is uncomfortable.

It is not a zero-sum game.

Are we unable to have rational, logical discussions? Discussions that are not built on incomplete information (or information garnered only from the media) and dominated by emotions.

When people don't compare apples with apples but compare apples to dinosaurs I can't help but ask - why? Yes, it furthers that view (arguably) but it involves the manipulation of information. A distortion of the situation to fit a specific narrative.

At the end of 2019, I read On Eating Meat by Matthew Evans which I thoroughly enjoyed. It was the best book I read in 2019 (I wrote my recap post before I read it). I believe it is nuanced and insightful, although I am an omnivore (can we please stop incorrectly calling people who eat meat a carnivore. PLEASE) so I obviously have my inherent bias. The book has given me a lot of food for thought (ha!) and has made me reflect and question the choices I make in my life.

This post was intended to centre around the book only. However recent events have necessitated this post. Too often I read things on the internet and just think:

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