Tuesday 17 January 2017

The perils of being able to spot psychos

Published 14/11/2016 | 02:30

There's no need to worry, America can deal with sociopathic presidents
There's no need to worry, America can deal with sociopathic presidents

I'm worried I'm a bad person. Because I'm not as upset as everyone else around me seems to be about Donald Trump. I am trying to examine the reasons I am not.

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It's possibly partially because if everyone else is saying something, then I have this glitch that makes me think they are all probably wrong. It's possibly partially because I think we need to try and accept it when people hold different opinions than we do. I worry that liberals, of which I am probably vaguely one, can be quite intolerant in their views, and that this is an affront to the very essence of liberalism.

To be truly liberal, we should try and be open and understanding of people who disagree with us. And I think that is a huge flaw in many modern liberals. Indeed they are not only intolerant of differing opinions but they also tend to personalise it, and hate the person who holds the opposing point of view. I think my slight insouciance about Trump is also probably something to do with the fact that I have more fondness and respect for America and Americans than a lot of European liberals do. I haven't been to America in a while but I can still remember the great rush of energy it gives me, the way it opens my mind, how alive I feel when I am there. And most of the great books I have read, and most of the great films and TV I have seen, and much of the great music I have listened to, comes from America.

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