Saturday, May 30, 2020

Pure Objectivity is impossible . . . and yet

Detached and disconnected objectivity is impossible.

We are each shaped by personal, social, family, cultural, contextual, educational, experiential and genetic issues.

And yet, it seems likely to me that "to any outside observer" - persons from outside America looking at America  - must objectively ponder how "great" we are as a nation and/or how realistic is the claim of "the American Dream."

Viewed from outside America, it is likely that an objective outside observer would think that America is deeply divided, politically unstable, failing to care for the poor, not nurturing the sick, and fraught with true dis-ease and disease with respect to how immigrants and people of colour are (dis)respected and (mis)treated.

It's impossible for outsiders to know what America is really like.

Even if the killing of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, or the racial profiling of a bird watcher peacefully enjoying the park does lead to systemic change for America - these men still should *not* have been killed.

I know, my view is subjective and fraught with complexity. And yet . . .

To my view, America is deeply divided, politically unstable, failing to care for the poor, not nurturing the sick and fraught with true dis-ease with respect to how immigrants and people of colour are disrespected and mistreated.



Toward eupan ~

~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.

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