Following a podcast where I discussed the meaning of love, we find ourselves trying to make sense of a week of hate and vitrol between White supremacists and Antifa Marxist thugs. In episode 14, I do not suggest denouncing racism with a caveat, but denouncing it while simultaneously condemning Antifa violence. The murder of a protestor in the name of White supremacy is the worst of the whole affair, but it isn't the only detestable action in a day of repeated violence and refusal to communicate.
In this episode I discuss what we mean when we say "love." I expolre the many ways in which people use the term and whether or not we have a good understanding of what it should truly represent. What does it mean to see love as self-interest? What does it mean to see it as compassion? What does love have to say about the current marching and rioting in Charlottesville, VA?
In this episode, I spell out the meaning of "euphemism" and "ideograph" and discuss how these are used to shut down or dominate communicative exchanges. I suggest a better way to communicate that leads to understanding.