Yesterday, SaDiablo started a discussion on the boards here: Paula Deen’s N-word Scandal.
I was glad to see the thread. We discuss things like this, civilly here. I think this is so important. Even if you don’t agree with the other person, you’re exposed to how another person views things. Over time this can (and probably does) make a person more understanding and tolerant.
It’s become almost impossible to find a venue where this kind of discourse can take place. This blog is an exception. People here do everything they can to keep it that way, which brings me to my point.
Late in the day, I posted this on the thread:
“Half the people say, great! The other half vow to never watch Food Network again. That’s how it is now. All day, every day.”
I watch this scenario set up pretty much every day.
- I support Chick-fil-A’s right to run their business as they see fit. / I will never eat at Chick-fil-A again!
- I am boycotting Rush Limbaugh’s advertisers! / I am boycotting advertisers who dumped the Rush Limbaugh’s show over his gaffe.
- I am never going to see one of “Hollywood Star’s” movies again! / I will see MORE of Hollywood Star’s movies!
It’s a Uranus square Pluto phenomena. Rebel (Uranus) by amputation (Pluto).
But this illustrates how our society has no consensus around what our values are. I think will hobble us until and unless we come up with something common, we can agree upon.
This blog provides an example of how this can work. We discuss things here with respect for the opinions of others.
It’s not just me. It’s every person here. “People here do everything they can to keep it that way…”
The people on this blog have this in common: they want to be part of diverse community where things that are important can be considered. The consensus is that this a place and this process has value. Because we all agree on this, the venue is sustained.
It’s obvious how important this is in a society, but it’s also important when you’re dealing one on one. It’s very helpful when pairs oe groups all have the same rule book. Saturn in Scorpio teaches us this – the rules (Saturn) of the collective (Saturn).
Are you values the same or similar to the values of the people you run with?