I Didn't Say That #13
Is progress a myth?
A piece about Kendrick Lamar’s refreshingly ballsy album Mr. Morale and the Big Steppers
“The Heart Part 5” by Kendrick Lamar
Does tenure foster conformity?
“It is alarming that in a culture obsessed with celebrating the value ‘diversity’ brings to our educational life, the type of diversity that contributes most heavily to the discovery of truth is also the one entirely neglected by our knowledge-making class.”
A rational climate change debate
Kendrick Lamar’s redemption is the redemption we all need now.
His latest album, Mr. Morale and the Big Steppers, is a sprawling story of transformation. It’s a story of accepting both the dark and the light inside of oneself. It’s a story of abusers who are trying to change, of marginalized people having real, deeply human experiences, of daddy issues, grief, gender battles, and the violent state of the world. But most of all, it’s a story of love—the redeeming force that transcends all the darkness.
When you are forced to coexist with the enemy, you develop norms which allow both parties to function with as much freedom and fairness as possible. Ideologically mixed groups will, in other words, tend to emphasize objective process because they do not agree on ends. This environment is fairly conducive to the pursuit of truth.
More uniform groups, on the other hand, will tend to abandon process–rushing instead towards the end they are predisposed to believe is true and willing to use dubious means to get there. This creates a hostile environment for dissenting members, and over time, there will be less of them and more uniformity, which will inevitably lead to an even more hostile environment for dissent. When a majority ideology develops, it is likely only to increase in influence, and when it is sufficiently powerful, it can begin competing with reality itself. This is the most dangerous culmination of a social environment that exists in isolation, one that isn’t sufficiently corrected by other forces.
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