Over at the stimulating new blog, “Interventions,” Tom Pepper asks: “Why try again? This is the question I’ve been asking myself every day lately. Is it worthwhile to try one more time, to attempt to ‘fail better’?”
If any of you, my readers, have ever tried to incite change in our collective thought and action, change that you deem valuable, even necessary, then you know the struggle animating Tom’s questions. Read on!
Why try again? This is the question I’ve been asking myself every day lately. Is it worthwhile to try one more time, to attempt to “fail better”?
In Eudemian Ethics Aristotle suggest that “Children, invalids and lunatics have many views, but no same person would trouble himself about them; what such people need in not argument but something else: either time for their opinions to mature or else medical or penal correction”. I’d suggest our culture, the family and educational ISAs as well as newer ISAs like social media and the entertainment industry, have succeeded in producing a critical mass of lunatics, mental invalids, and the permanently immature. No argument can work with them.
My concern, then, is to raise the question: whom exactly are we hoping to reach with attempts at intervention in thought? Is there an audience capable of reasoning about such things? Or might it be better…
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What do you think?