Why is it that running a Zoom seminar from my office is far more exhausting than standing up and talking for three hours?
On the positive side, I was actually allowed to post an Ethics Alarms link today! I wonder if Sean Lennon reads Ethics Alarms…
1. And this woman was an early participant in the Democratic primary debates, in case you’re wondering how the party ended up with Joe Biden. New Age guru Marianne Williamson tweeted,
Oopsie! Missed that “Thou shalt not steal” thing. So she came back with, “Actually, ‘Thou shalt not steal’ is of course in there. But my point about priorities remains the same.”
Wait, what point would that be? A) It sounds a lot like Rationalization #22. So because stealing isn’t as bad as murder, stealing is OK? B) Is she making a technical legal point that a man waving a knife around and refusing to drop it is “innocent” because he hasn’t been proven guilty? Or is her point that because the victim in the Philadelphia shooting may have been out of his mind meant that he couldn’t form the “mens rea” to be technically guilty of a crime? By these calculations, nobody who is shot by the police is ever guilty, because they are resisting the arrest that would eventually put them on trial.
2. Actual quote from Joe Biden yesterday: “Spending! We’re gonna roost. And we are gonna reduce prescription drug crisis experts acknowledge.”
3. October 30th has a couple of notable ethics connections. It was on this day in 1938 that Orson Welles broadcast what has been termed as his “hoax” that the Earth was being invaded by Martians. Of course, there was no hoax: the radio play was announced as such at the beginning, but some hysterics who joined the broadcast mid-way apparently did think the H.G. Wells “War of the Worlds” was the real thing.
In 1735 on this date, John Adams was born, a Founder who made ethics the nucleus of his writings and his public career. Adams once wrote that he knew he was doing the ethical thing when he was sure it would cause him personal pain.
It is also my sister Edith’s birthday.
4. Credo of an asshole. Don Lemon gave his listeners the benefit of this:
There are a lot of friends who I had to really get rid of because they are so nonsensical when it comes to this issue. Every single talking point that they hear on state TV and that they hear from this president, they repeat it and they are blinded by it… I had to get rid of ’em because they are too far gone. I try and I try and I try. They’ll say something really stupid and then I’ll show them the science and give them the information, and they still repeat those talking points… I had to get rid of a lot of people in my life, because sometimes you just have to let ’em go. I think they have to hit rock-bottom, like an addict. Right? And they have to want to get help… It’s so sad, and I don’t know if, after this, I will ever be able to go back and be friends with those people… If they’re willing to come back and they’re willing to live in reality, then I will welcome them with open arms.”
One commenter on this infuriating blather from someone who is supposed to be a trusted journalist called it an example of the he Dunning-Kruger effect. Indeed. As Ethics Alarms has documented, few talking heads have more consistently demonstrated infantile reasoning and the brain rot of uncritical acceptance of partisan talking points. From an ethics perspective, cutting off friends and relatives because they don’t comport with your world view—like not sufficiently hating the President of the United States—is the epitome of disrespect, arrogance, and lack of proportion and tolerance. I regard this as exactly as indefensible as rejecting those who have different religious beliefs.
At its core, it is un-American.