When does admitting one was wrong and offering an apology no longer suffice to let the harm be healed? Do we just let the person get away with their actions after they have caused us so much pain, embarrassment, and provoked dangerous and lethal behavior in others? Are punitive damages for outrageous behavior intended to change the offender or dissuade others from doing it? Do we simply change history to avoid accountability?
Or is it more crucial for us to gain recognition at the expense of others?
Anyone who has kept their head above water and has been exposed to the news of the day or throughout time is not immune from having similar or possibly the same questions as I do!
Certainly, we can all answer some of these questions, based on our personal experiences. We can allow our conscience to be our guide. Hey, maybe that is the answer to all of my questions. “Let your conscience be your guide,” what a novel idea.
I am sure with all the questions that I have about a whole bunch of things, that I might be considered a citizen of the ‘woke,’ community. That I should just keep my questions and concerns to myself and who really cares to answer my questions?
And then there is that word ‘woke,’ that the Oxford English Dictionary defines as “Originally: well-informed, up-to-date. Now chiefly: alert to racial or social discrimination and injustice.” And then guess what, the word mob gets inserted and all of a sudden, my being alert to injustice in society and curiosity makes me and others disorderly with the intent to cause trouble or violence. Personally, I don’t have the energy to cause trouble or create violence and besides both of those nouns aren’t a part of my deepest purpose nor do they represent my values.
Wait just a gosh darn moment, please. My repressed and recently awakened researcher moment won’t go away. Conspiracy has a large and interdisciplinary literature, and there are academic endeavors to study it and how it has expanded dramatically in recent years. No, academics are still trapped in this miserable way of thinking. There are three distinct considerations to consider while examining this collection of work (conspiracy theories). What elements are connected to conspiracy theories? In what ways do conspiracy theories get spread? Furthermore, what are the societal benefits and risks of conspiracy theories (Douglas et al., 2019)?
So, I now circle back to my original inquiries. Yes, those questions as well as the crazy anti-government conspiracy theories, family members who have these beliefs despite having been raised in a way that didn’t encourage them, purposely harming others, and just plain being a pain in everyone’s ass these days have gotten under my skin. Hey, this might be my “60 Minutes” segment. I know you might not have or care to have an answer to my questions, I’m simply sharing what has gotten under my skin.
I welcome your thoughts, and the chance to challenge my thinking and have an open dialogue.