Wittgenstein & talking nonsense
Wittgenstein argues that we are not naturally disposed towards unfriendliness or unsociality; by being speaking beings who create names for the things in our world, we show a predisposition of making something sharable -- language. The thing which separates us, according to Wittgenstein, is when we talk nonsense or mutual unintelligibility. Talking nonsense goes deeper than using a nonsense language, when we speak in nonsense, we are purposefully unintelligible.
Why Mr. Rogers is important today
Mr Rogers ethics extend to our own neighborhoods through how we welcome others. Rogers believes that we welcome people into the neighborhood as they are, and we like them as they are. We are called to overcome internal biases, to put aside the incidentals that are barriers to liking them. Rogers gives us tools to do so. He believes that discourse, even the offer of it, provides an open ground for individuals to meet and begin the process of welcoming each other.
Did I casually dress a student down in a really friendly way for simplifying religion to a "tool of politicians", when in fact a lot of religions are intensely critical of politicians?
I also might have cited Sibley's article on the Hebrew Prophets and the discourse on Jerusalem v Athens debate idk.
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