Left vs. Left: What’s Happening Here Ain’t Exactly Clear
By Ken Ing, Guest Contributor
We welcome back Ken Ing as a Guest Contributor with his most insightful video Left vs. Left: What’s Happening Here Ain’t Exactly Clear. We introduce this video with Ken’s own words.
This talk is not intended to be focused on Unitarian Universalism. UU is currently experiencing an ideological rift, but I think that if we look at this clearly at its core the UU conflict did not originate in UU. It is an imported conflict. Many countries that trace their heritage back to the Age of Enlightenment are experiencing an ideological tug-of-war between traditional liberals and what I call an identity-centric movement.
Most traditional liberals don’t understand the belief systems underlying the identity-centric movement. I’m going to try to explain those belief systems and the reasoning behind them.
I honestly have no ideas for how to resolve the conflict. The goal of this talk is to help us understand the conflict better. For instance,
- If you’ve wondered why the left focuses so much on identity groups, this talk may help you understand that.
- If you wondered why alternative points of view are sometimes suppressed, well, there’s a reason for that.
- If you’ve wondered why it seems like anti-racism training is intentionally designed to be uncomfortable, this talk includes my theory about that.
- If you’ve wondered how in the world reason and logic and evidence and even science are sometimes disparaged by the left, I’m going to try to explain that.
Ken Ing retired in 2019 after spending his entire career in Information Technology. He lives in the northwest portion of the state of Washington. He is a frequent contributor to the local UU Fellowship’s adult learning program, creating 13 talks over the past four years, usually about history or politics. He is a member of the North American Unitarian Association (NAUA) Academy Advisory Board. Ken’s previous Guest Contribution to the Fifth Principle Project was Concerns About the Draft of Article II in UUA Bylaws.
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