Caricature of Boss Tweed by Thomas Nast
“Your assumptions are
your windows on the world.
Scrub them off every once in a while
or the light won’t come in.”
“Don’t judge a man
by his opinions,
but what his opinions
have made of him.”
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
“Day by day, your choices,
your thoughts, your actions
fashion the person you become.”
Okay. Recent events have elicited public debate on a variety of issues, and quite frankly the
preaching, I mean, comments from some have been disappointing.
Now, a good healthy debate never hurt anyone. In fact, in my home we encourage opinions and open discussion on any and all topics. However, there is a difference between explaining your position, and shoving it down someone’s throat. One promotes healthy discussion and inspires change, while the latter does nothing more than leave a bad taste in everyone’s mouth.
Normally, I do not like talking politics…with anyone. Talking politics generally gets people riled-up and they begin to turn. They turn into something ugly. Have you noticed? Certainly, you’ve seen some of the comments I have lately (on both sides of the issues). And when some engage in overly opinionated talk of teams or parties or divisions and who’s better than whom or which one is right vs. who is wrong, it can escalate from warm conversation to Armageddon argument in nano-seconds.
When confrontations flare, people change and morph into caricatures of themselves. And it’s not pretty.
Caricature is defined as the following:
- A picture or description exaggerating the peculiarities or defects of persons or things.
- Any imitation or copy so distorted or inferior as to be ludicrous.
When people argue positions and politics, exaggerated defects within themselves begin to emerge. They become mean, condescending, high-minded, holier-than-thou, and ludicrous (that’s a good word). They become something Thomas Nast would have a hay-day with. Continue reading