"With things happening so fast in the world around us, the news cycle
feels like a whirlwind moving from story to story overnight. Even
reports as disturbing as allegations of mass hysterectomies in ICE
detention camps disappeared from the national conversation as quickly as
they came—though it could be argued that that aligns with a longstanding
passivity around the rights of women of color. In the midst of communal
crisis after crisis, the need for a recalibration of humanity’s moral
compass could not be more evident.
It begs the questions, why does history continue to repeat itself, and
how can a society with such advances in technology and critical thinking
remain so ethically stagnant? Two distinct reasons come to mind: willful
ignorance and increased allowance of hate speech, microaggressions, and
other such red-flag indications of dangerous lines of thinking, and the
common practice of compliance rooted in our collective conditioning not
to question authority. These components work in concert to stretch the
boundaries of morality, creating a pathway for the unthinkable, rather
than stopping it in its tracks.
To paraphrase Anne Frank, I would like to believe most people are
inherently good, and such violations as the allegations describe are
reflective of a morally bankrupt select few. I would like to believe
images of sterilization, kidnapping, and other such crimes against
humanity would elicit great opposition from the majority. However,
history has proved otherwise, as did an experience I had as a doctoral
student at the University of Southern California. It was eye-opening; at
once profoundly universal and deeply personal."
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*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics