Regarding the News

8 October 2017

An observation: given two people, it’s per­fectly pos­si­ble for their re­ac­tions to an event happening, an in­ci­dent occurring, or a de­ci­sion made, to be si­mul­ta­ne­ously com­pletely different, and yet both be rea­son­able and legitimate–that is to say, correct.

This applies as much to natural and man-made dis­as­ters and the results of ref­er­en­dums and elec­tions as it does to more minor in­ci­dents and events. Sneer­ing at those whose re­ac­tion is dif­fer­ent to yours is … not becoming.

One point of view might be more appropriate, or balanced, or generous, but: (a) any feel­ings of clear and straight­for­ward moral su­pe­ri­or­ity are likely mistaken; and (b) snig­ger­ing is never okay. (Related: The “Other Side” Is Not Dumb.)