180. Talking Politics And Virtue

In our society, politics has jumped to the front of most everyone’s mind. Despite its prominence in our lives, it seems that many people don’t know how to talk about it. But, that doesn’t have to be the case. A while ago, I sat down to talk with the guys from the Vital Masculinity Podcast about virtues, and how to discuss politics. Since I’ve been revisiting some of the great conversations I’ve had, I thought I’d revisit this conversation about justice, reading, and talking politics. That way, I can pull out some new insights and elaborate on an amazing conversation. So, after you listen to this, it would be good to check out the original interview.

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“Virtue is harmony.”


You Can’t Fix Injustice with Injustice

While it may seem like revenge can right wrongs, it really can’t. In fact, injustice cannot be dealt with by committing further injustices. Instead, justice has to be done to rectify the damage, and while some may not feel as though they’ve been made whole, they may need to accept that. As politicians today call for things like reparations and “equitable treatment,” we ought to be wary of their solutions.

Revolution Rarely Works out Well

Although the American Revolution worked out well, it is an outlier, not the rule. More often than not, revolution leads to chaos and a worse state of things. Tyranny of a dictator is, at the very least, predictable. However, mob rule and the chaos of revolutions like the Communist Revolution or French Revolution leaves a society in desperate need of order. And, this often comes from a strong-willed leader who generally leads back to the tyranny the revolt reacted to in the first place.

Talking Politics Virtuously

Man, is it hard to have a good political discussion. It seems like anytime we talk about politics either we talk past each other or it turns to shouting and name-calling. But, that doesn’t have to be the case. There are ways of talking politics that can be productive. Doing this requires virtues of patience, prudence, and courage – as well as some tact and knowledge. So, if it’s possible, how can it be done? Listen to find out.

What it looks like talking politics

188. Finding Unity and Mending a Divided Nation Conversation of Our Generation

Our country is obviously divided, politically, culturally, and religiously. Despite living in the same country under the same laws, we have two separate nations in our country. In this episode, I'll discuss mending a divided nation and how we find unity amid all the chaos. How We're Divided We have divided ourselves in many ways across this country. We've separated ourselves into religious and secular, conservative and liberal, coastal and heartland, and in numerous other ways. With all of these differences, how can we even say we're one country? Discussions of secession come up on both sides of the political aisle, and many take it as an inevitability. What is dividing us? Mainstream Media, politicians, educational systems and numerous institutions seek to tear us apart instead of bringing us together. "Even if a unity of faith is not possible, a unity of love is." -Hans Urs von Balthasar Methods for Mending a Divided Nation I've spoken previously about what we need to come together, but I'm going to recap some of those thoughts. Basically, I think we need to first see each other as fellow human beings, fellow citizens. Rather than seeing political opponents as evil or vicious, we should see our friend or family member who holds those views in each person. We easily jump to conclusions about people instead of trying to understand them. So, if we are to have a healthy political and cultural life, we need to be able to discuss politics well. This means we have to know our own beliefs and biases, and discuss ideas with knowledge of our own potential pitfalls. We need to learn the lessons of the past and seek to mend and understand each other without wanting to dominate or control each other. — Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/conofourgen/support
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