It’s time for liberals and conservatives to transcend their political differences and really listen to each other, says political pundit Sally Kohn. In this optimistic talk, Kohn shares what she learned as a progressive lesbian talking head on Fox News. It’s not about political correctness, she says, but rather, emotional correctness. (Contains profanity.)
Heh, I love the parenthetical warning at the end of the description. Really it’s just “cunt”, and maybe “dyke” depending on what you consider profanity. Oh shit. Sorry.
Anyway, those words are some of the terms Sally Kohn says she reads and hears about herself. Her description of what she does, why that causes some people call her names, and especially how she feels about that behavior, are fascinating,
She makes the strong case that compassion and empathy are vital tools for understanding. She agrees that this sounds hokey, but she’s in a fairly unique position to give some real personal experience with how it actually works, and that gives her position a lot more heft.
Learning to separate someone’s ideas from their basic humanity is so very important. As Anthrax (the band) put it: “It’s much harder to kill a man / If you’ve seen pictures of his kids.” It’s work to see the humans behind what seem like crazy thoughts. The simplicity of a black and white “Us vs Them” mentality is pushed hard through many vectors. We don’t have time or energy to analyze all the details of every situation. But try it out once in a while. How’d these conclusions come about? They might make some more sense. They might still be dead wrong to you. But suddenly you’re dealing with people instead of ideas you disagree with. It can save hate, maybe even lives.
Watch the talk. It’s pretty short, but it’ll ripple a lot if you drop it into your consciousness pool.