The Culture War
I have a solution: good manners.
My opinion on your life choices can be anything. But if we agree that everyone deserves good manners, I would call you by whatever name or identity you wanted. It’s doesn’t affect me at all to just respect your choice at this moment.
Think about so much of 17th-century politics, when people would die over the wording of a prayer book
This technique means everybody wins - which doesn’t have universal appeal, I know. How are we supposed to feel comfy in our superiority if we can’t humiliate our intellectual opponents and get them to admit they are wrong? Well, you’ll have to settle for wearing designer jeans.
We Are Not in an Uniquely Horrible Time
It may surprise you, my Tellions, that there have been culture wars in the past:
Christianity in Ancient Rome
Translating the Bible into English
Alphabet vs. hieroglyphics
Burial vs. mummification or burning pyres
Confucianism vs. Taoism
Germany’s Bismarck government vs. the…
Keep reading with a 7-day free trial
Subscribe to The Tell with Christine Axsmith to keep reading this post and get 7 days of free access to the full post archives.