What is on my mind today is what I call the BWA (But What About?) tactic our conservative friends use to avoid discussing substantive issues. BWA is a symptom of what I call Rationality Avoidance (RA). Pick your topic... race, religion, Trump's failings, sexism, white supremacy, climate disruption. Do not be discouraged, disheartened, angry, or frustrated by the conversations you might have. Understanding the mechanisms behind Rationality Avoidance is essential.
I use this formula to help me with Rationality Avoidance:
Topic = (empirical data/history) x (relevancy + creativity) x justice
Topic = (subjective data/emotion) x (tradition + conformity) x expediency
I use this formula for recognizing But What About?:
Topic = (substantive x current) + fact
Topic = (unassociated x inconsequential) + emotion
I hope this helps.
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