[Today’s run: 3.25 miles]
I’ve been a subscriber to the Substack hosted newsletter Common Sense, edit by Bari Weiss. This morning I saw an interview of her with Peter Robinson on Youtube, one of his Uncommon Knowledge series. It was interesting.
I like the Common Sense stuff. It is a good variety of information, and very sensible.
I’m not so thrilled with Ms Weiss herself. She is impressive and educated and well spoken. But I see her in about the same light as Andrew Sullivan. Both, having enjoyed personal benefits of the chaos of our time, are now attempting to get the train to stop rolling.
I’m talking about same sex marriage. Sullivan in particular pushed that one hard. And now that he’s had his bit he seems surprised that there were other people lined up behind him to also take their bite and now the remains of the cake are looking a little tattered.
Youtube also has been recently pitching me various versions of “can you define what the word woman means?” which started with Senator Blackburn of Tennessee. Most recently it was some Australian Senator asking and an Australian bureaucrat doing the mumbling.
Definitions are the means to tell one thing apart from other things. The problem is, when one person gets to grab a good word and mangle its meaning, the mangling may appear to open new doors but really they are just holes in the fence. Marriage doesn’t mean a man and woman. Woman doesn’t even mean woman. Things slowly fade away like the Cheshire Cat.
People seem to think, Ok, we had our revolution and I got mine so let’s stop here. But it doesn’t work that way.