• Life

    The Unexamined Life

    by I’ve run across variations on certain a meme a few times now. Text only, it goes something like, “I grew up hearing and learning racist, sexist, and homophobic things. Eventually, I learned to think for myself and unlearned it. You were raised that way? Unlearn it. It’s 2020 and there’s no excuse for it.” Another variant: “You are not responsible for the programming you received in childhood. But as an adult, you are 100% responsible for fixing it.” Or, to borrow from Socrates: “The unexamined life is not worth living.” I grew up in the 1970s and 80s. There was plenty of racist, sexist, and homophobic crap in popular…