Daily Bread for 5.16.22: Nativism as Intellectual Sloth

Good morning.

Monday in Whitewater will be sunny with a high of 74.  Sunrise is 5:29 AM and sunset 8:12 PM for 14h 42m 29s of daytime.  The moon is full with 99.8% of its visible disk illuminated.

wp-svg-icons icon=”checkbox-partial” wrap=”I”] Whitewater’s Library Board meets at 6:30 PM.

On this day in 1868,  the United States Senate fails to convict President Andrew Johnson by one vote.

Consider Tucker Carlson’s complaint about diversity from 2018:

How, precisely, is diversity our strength? Since you’ve made this our new national motto, please be specific as you explain it. Can you think, for example, of other institutions such as, I don’t know, marriage or military units in which the less people have in common, the more cohesive they are?

Do you get along better with your neighbors, your co-workers if you can’t understand each other or share no common values? Please be honest as you answer this question.

Carlson must think this appealing, but it’s repulsive in the way that sloth is repulsive. His question reveals the indolence of his nativist audience: “if you can’t understand each other” only appertains when they’ve not made an effort to understand newcomers.

America is a dynamic and productive place. If Carlson’s viewers are too shiftless to learn about other cultures, they’re below the standard of intellectual curiosity and effort America should expect of the able-bodied. We are no sleepy backwater; we are the most developed society in human history, engaging in commerce with nations across the globe.

Carlson appeals to his audience’s complacent laziness, but their complacent laziness is a drag on this society.

Tucker Carlson tells them what they want to hear; they and we would be better off if someone spoke bluntly and truthfully to them.

Super Flower Blood Moon turns red in total lunar eclipse time-lapse:

The Super Flower Blood Moon lunar eclipse on May 15-16, 2022 was captured by the Griffith Observatory in California. See the entire eclipse in this time-lapse. The longest total lunar eclipse in 33 years, wows stargazers.

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