What if we cancelled Paul the Apostle when he was a bad guy?
The argument for respectful debate Vs. cancel culture.
For the record,
I’ve never been a fan of Kanye West.
MICHAEL RAPAPORT really doesn't like Kanye, beware his explicit language - that's not respectful debate and indicative of the average response of people.
I don’t like anything about Kanye.
In my opinion, his whole Christian thing was an art piece that reeked as false.
I have never watched the Kardashians and I’m very much opposed, to what I feel is the toxicity of over-exposed vanity.
I am heartbroken that Kanye has attacked the Jewish community, and I think it’s fair for people to respond strongly to his antisemitism.
Despite all his ills, there is suspicion that what we have here is a person struggling publicly through a mental health challenge.
We also know that Kanye once stood as an icon for the battle against prejudice.
So what happened?
My question is this:
WHAT DON’T WE KNOW?
if we lose our capacity to debate the difficult issues (and people) that we face, we may lose the opportunity to gain experience from objective perspectives to inform moderated decisions.
society is now being taught to cancel out anyone we don’t agree with. Which can serve to push them into dangerous subcultures and to leverage their public martyrdom.
although these ‘bad actors’, appear to be clearly wrong, journalistic standards typically present one side of the story, lack investigation, and leave a lot to be answered.
a lack of genuine research can create sectionalism. Divisions in society are widening and we may all fall into conflicts chasm.
normally, punishment and crime are the domain of law enforcement and the court system. Offering us a (mostly) reliable mechanism for holding people accountable and staying within societal lanes.
but what happens when corporate and public vigilantism takes over?
Why does this matter?
People can change.
I’m by no stretch of the imagination deifying Ye, his apparent megalomania has already achieved that.
I am however presenting a WHAT IF relating to holding people accountable, while allowing people the latitude to learn, improve and evolve.
We all make mistakes.
That’s how we learn.
That’s how we grow.
Which is why prisons are called correctional facilities.
But you can’t break out of a societal prison in which the very idea of you is the prison.
There is a very good example of a bad guy who changed.
This is NOT a religious post but serves as an example.
Addressing how we are responding to who and what we don’t like.
The argument for MAINTAINING RESPECTFUL DEBATE Vs. CANCEL CULTURE.
FOR CONTEXT, WATCH THIS SHORT VIDEO FIRST TO UNDERSTAND HOW MUCH OF A JERK PAUL THE EPOSTLE WAS, BACK WHEN HE PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS.
One the best examples is Paul the epostle, (Paul of Tarsus) formerly a persecutor of Christian’s.
Paul had a transformative experience, then worked hard to earn the right to represent Christian’s through the example of his life.
He served and then led the same Christian’s that he persecuted.
Paul went onto to become the most important influencer in Christianity.
And co-founder of the Church.
His words in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 are commonly used as wedding vows and have become Iconic to a broad range of people.
What if we cancelled Paul the Apostle?