Yesterday I read in the news that IQ 45 (who is no longer the president of the USA) had written — two days ago! — a letter to Georgia Secretary of State:
“…Which brings us to Friday. Trump sent a letter to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R), insisting that the results of the 2020 election in Georgia be decertified, something Trump has been pestering Raffensperger about since that January call in which he begged the secretary to “find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have.” Raffensperger didn’t find Trump an extra 12,000 votes, because there were no votes to find. Trump’s insistences that you could cobble together that number from various places were all fruitless, since he was wrong…” (Source)
It’s as if this idiot is punching at one of those inflated clown punching bag toys like my brother had as a kid. His adversary is a plastic sack filled with wind. Anyway, I hope that’s all it is.
I would find this laughable if the congressional representative from my district didn’t believe that IQ 45 is still president.
My friend Elizabeth taught elementary school for many, many years — the upper grades. The other day we were talking about the little anti-vax “Freedom Rally” in our town (both of us angered by the participation of the mayor). Elizabeth said she didn’t understand it. She said she’d spent a lot of time in her classes teaching critical thinking and reasoning and it seems the students just forgot it. I told her I had the same feeling, and it made me really sad. I taught straight-up critical thinking (logic) for 25 years in two different classes — one Advanced Composition and Critical thinking and then in my Business Communication classes. We agreed it made us sad to see people NOT using their reasoning skills. OK, they’re probably not our students, but we weren’t the only two teachers.
I thought about it some more. Maybe Critical Thinking wasn’t enough. Maybe ethics. Ethics was part of business communication classes, an ancillary topic called “Business Ethics,” and everything was pretty obvious, like, “Don’t embezzle from the company.” Even then, the self-sorting of students into a business major results in classes filled with out-going, competitive students who are motivated by money and all that money can buy. The ONLY episode of The Apprentice I’ve ever seen was that done as a skit by my students as a commercial for a product. They thought IQ 45 was funny and typical of successful businessmen.
Ethics is difficult and more than a little abstruse. Yeah, it’s the evaluation of “right and wrong,” but right there, in our world, (or any world?) you get into the forest of “Who said? Whose standard?” It’s a place where people get their hackles up pretty quickly.
I taught ethics in a subversive kind of way, through messages to customers, co-workers, etc. “Think about the person you’re writing to,” I’d say, “Imagine their world and how they feel having bought a DSLR camera from you that quit working after one day. Is your ‘No Refund Policy’ the best you can do for this customer? Is it more important to keep that $ or to create goodwill, get his repeat business and good word-of-mouth advertising? Which is better for you in the long term? Is there any middle way here? Remember. You’re not a big chain. You’re a small, independent shop.”
Sometimes a student would say, “Well, maybe the camera really WAS defective. Isn’t that the manufacturer’s problem? Couldn’t we take the camera back, trade for a good camera, and make the manufacturer pay?” Or a student would say, “Maybe we can repair it or have it repaired. Should we charge for that?” Most students would just say, “He knew the policy. He can find a repair shop.” Then someone might say, “Maybe we could pick up the tab for the repairs?”
Ethics. For that time and that place it centered on maintaining the goodwill of customers which is really the Golden Rule.
I thought of all this reading about the “Freedom Rally,” that happened in my town last week, people objecting to health care workers being compelled by the State of Colorado to be vaccinated or lose their jobs. I thought that was a failure of ethics. How would a nurse in an old folks home feel if he/she ran around doing his/her job while infected with Covid 19 — but asymptomatic — and later ALL of his/her patients ended up in the hospital (taking up the few beds in our valley and/or being flown out to bigger hospitals with more facilities at great expense). How could ANYONE not think of it this way? It’s not a critical thinking problem; it’s not logic. It’s ethics.