Chickens Talking to Ducks (Part 2)



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Very Interesting - but what about application in Western Thought's stasis?

An excellent anecdote and discussion of it here - it's the equivalent of the expression we use in the helping professions (social work, counseling, psychology, etc., "Start where the client is".

However, what do we in Western culture do when fellow Westerners are mired in superstition? (Here I use "Western" for the culture of Western Europe, the U.S. and Canada, other locations of Western diaspora like Australia and New Zealand and such other cultures as intellectuals in places like India and South Africa, etc.).

I speak for example of a recent report that a certain right-wing evangelical "ministry" (I use the term loosely here) had "prayed over "all" (that's over 1,000, folks) of the Masonic Lodges in Texas because Lodges are "known" to be among places where deeeeeemons enter this mortal plane. As a Mason who is devoted to Enlightenment Values like our beloved founders George Washington, John Hancock, Benjamin Franklin, and so forth I am highly offended not only because of the lies being put out by huicksters about our fraternity but also by the manipulation of weaker souls into such hateful acts. There was for a time when I was assigned to Fort Polk, Louisiana, tales that the only movie theatre in nearby DeRidder (a hotbed of right-wing religious fervor) was burned down purpousefully because there was a deeeeemon in it.

Addressing realities of non-Western culture is one thing. Condescending to the manipulators and prevaricators and their dupes within Western culture is something else altogether.

George N. Shuler, LCSW more than 8 years ago