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From a plain sense, on-its-face basis
I’ve been in some social media conversations about my recent “Irony” observations (part 1 and part 2). It’s frustrating that I need to keep repeating that I’m trying to consider the face value of the curious statement attributed to Ken Wilber [kw]:
Obviously, getting universal agreement on anything is impossible. For my part, I’ve agreed that kw‘s statement can be seen as paradoxical, or possibly taken in other ways that are useful. I’ve simply said that on its face, in plain sense terms, the statement is absurd. But yes, my absurdity claim has met with resistance.
But, even any idea of a ‘plain sense, face value’ reading evokes resistance. It’s not that there is no coherence to the resistance; it’s that most of the content of the resistance is quite esoteric. Problem is, plain sense, face value readings are exoteric.
When I was asked: ‘who decides what’s absurd?’ …I essentially replied that Reality does; and, thankfully, we have received logic and language conventions (e.g., Merriam-Webster, grammar, etc.) that aid and direct us in how to interpret what words and sentences mean as we test our particulars against Reality’s constraints.
“The people who say Sasquatch doesn’t exist and the people who say that Sasquatches are absolutely everywhere are both right.”
The statement simply violates rudimentary, plain sense understandings… understandings that may not be totally universal in the written language form, — because education is unevenly distributed — but are nonetheless far more common than the understandings shared by Integralists. I’d suggest that even someone who is illiterate could easily perceive the absurdity of the Sasquatch statement on first hearing. “Mutual exclusivity” as a relationship appeals to plain sense reasoning.
If this were about Sasquatch, and not systemic racism, I wouldn’t be raising a concern. But this is about the apparent affirmation of a denial of systemic racism. The why of that is undoubtedly curious/complicated.
Black bodies know systemic racism exists. Whatever one calls it, White supremacist ideology [Wsi] has artifacts both historical and extant, i.e., systemic racism. American First Peoples and people of color know by the evidence of their lived experience the reality of systemic racism (e.g., the artifacts of Wsi).
“White people go around, it seems to me, with a very carefully suppressed terror of Black people—a tremendous uneasiness. They don’t know who… they don’t know what the Black face hides. They’re sure it’s hiding something. What it’s hiding is American history. What it’s hiding is what white people know they have done and are doing. White people know very well one thing; it’s the only thing they have to know. They know this; everything else they’ll say is a lie. They know they would not like to be Black here. They know that. Now they know that, then they’re telling me lies. They’re telling me and my children nothing but lies.” —James Baldwin, 1979 [video receipt]
Approaching the “bottom line”
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Next week: “Irony: *Integral* ‘flatland’ 2” [this post ~850 words (~3 min. read)]