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Ten Years Ago Here I
Every so often, I check back on what went up here at this site. I was struck by Neil’s offering ten years ago today, citing Rabbi Jonathan Sacks on people (of faith or not) getting along (or not).
In other words, an embrace of reason above partisan passions. I’m not enough of a philosopher of history to plumb the full depths of this. But I was pondering the parallels in contemporary American culture. Have we lost faith in the ability of citizens to live together peaceably, believers, atheists, left, and right alike?
Given the penchant for fake news* has experiment, observation, reason, and inference flown out the window?
* Nate Silver, in his book The Signal and the Noise, details how the advent of the printing press led to widespread “fake” news in its day. Anybody with access to the new invention could dream up something, and spread lies to and fro. No more investment in copying a text by hand. Maybe it’s no surprise that Rabbi Sacks’ historical reference came early in that original “fake news” era.
The rabbi’s conclusion and final question:
Does it fit for the contemporary US? The whole West? Do our opponents, detractors, and even traitors see this as an opportunity? If so, how to battle it?
About catholicsensibilityTodd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.