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A semester of culture and inquiry
Jon Luke Watts
A black Confederate-sympathizer, and the crucial value of nuance in social discourse
...As Mr. Faulkner never quite said, “To understand the world, one must first understand a place like Mississippi.” But whoever attributed that quote to the worst postman Oxford ever had would have done better with “to understand the complexity of society, you must first understand a people as complex as Mississippians.” But understanding the complexity of others can be difficult.
As humans, our most valuable inheritance is conversation. It is our ability to participate in conversation with one another that separates the human from the animal and the civilized man from the barbarian. “Indeed,” Michael Oakeshott notes, “it seems not improbable that it was the engagement in this conversation that gave us our present appearance, man being descended from a race of apes who sat in talk so long and so late that they wore out their tails...