In March, all of our lives were turned upside down by the Covid-19 pandemic. Many of us are now facing challenges that we didn't have before. If you need inspiration, check out this post from March about Hope, Courage and Gratitude during the pandemic and this post from April, about how Stoicism can help.
Also, if you are feeling seriously depressed, please get help! One thing the pandemic has made clear with the advent of "lock-downs," and other madness, is that many people don't take mental health seriously enough. Mental health problems and suicide are collateral damage to some of those in charge. Social isolation is not healthy or normal. Please reach out to a professional if you are struggling.
Sickness and Censorship
I wrote a general post about my family's experience with the virus on my other site, Common Sense Mother. My cousin wanted to hear about my experience, because he felt that not enough people were speaking out about having recovered from Covid. He shared my story on his personal Facebook account, and Facebook later censored it!
It is ludicrous for Facebook to censor posts about people's direct personal experience with this illness. As if that wasn't bad enough, Facebook and other social media have been censoring many posts, even by Doctors, that don't conform to the "official," medical guidelines on Covid, although those official guidelines change practically every day as more becomes known about the disease. The information changes daily because science isn't a monolithic orthodoxy. Science is about being less wrong that you were the day before.
Facebook, YouTube and others have the arrogance to "fact check," censor, and deplatform over brand new information on what is itself a novel and evolving pandemic situation which changes every day. Even the New York Times did not pass Facebook's fact checking muster, with this straightforward news article recently removed. I am fed up with Big Tech censorship, both as a thinking person with Liberal values and as a Covid survivor.
The Big Tech Exodus Has Begun
Some of you may remember that earlier this year, I posted this video by Daryl Davis, a black man who deradicalized over 200 Klux Klux Clan members using friendship and dialog. Davis knows a thing or two about free speech. Like Noam Chomsky who I quote above, Davis believes not only in free speech for people he dislikes, but for people who dislike him! He took things even further, befriending and deradicalizing hardened KKK members. Davis believes that sunlight and civil discourse, not censorship, are the best methods for transforming ideas. Davis teamed up with Minds CEO Bill Ottman for the Change Minds Deradicalization Initiative. I couldn't agree more with their philosophy:
This human approach, based in free expression and civil dialogue, is much more aligned with our values and peer-reviewed research than blanket ban policies. The goal is to provide a breeding ground for changing minds via civil discourse as Daryl has proven can work, even if it takes years. We also built a jury system for the appeals process to bring the community into the moderation structure. Our approach is long-term and synced with the First Amendment. We care a lot about building tools for people to not see anything they don't want to see as well as reporting truly harmful content. We think policies involving censorship should be data driven.
If you care about the Liberal principle of free speech, that I talk about in a new video clip, (embedded below) then please consider joining me on Minds or other open social networks. There are plenty of new social networks to join right now as well.
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Looking ahead to 2021
I've got some great YouTube guests planned for early next year. Topics will likely include independent thinking, virtue in family culture, and the continuation of my Socratic dialog on the ideal government.
For the blog, I plan to continue my According to Cicero series, and add more posts on critical thinking, just to name a few.
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