Dear fellow white men, but I hope others stick around as a Greek chorus. I’ll try not to posit a morally correct picture of how things should be from a particular political slant. I want to dig beneath the surface of left, right and center by following the bread crumbs of my own self-deceptions and see what emerges by default if I stop being self-defensive.
But I rarely invite visitors to this little house of mirrors I call myself. Your presence makes me feel cornered into being especially honest (which is the whole idea), but it’s always at my own expense. So I’m nervous. After all, what is honesty if not the realization of my own dishonesties?
That might sound moralizing, but honesty isn’t really a moral issue. It’s only another way of describing animal intelligence. If I’m deceiving myself I end up too stupid to live.
So there’s a prerequisite level of honesty about my culture’s history of treachery, kidnapping, torture, theft and murder that’s necessary to read this. I won’t take time to lay that all out. Honest people educate themselves. It’s simply the fundamental starting point.Read More »