We’re here to crash your (algorithmically-selected) weddings.
If we continue to pretend that these parties define the spectrum of political thought, we’ll have to get used to mental gymnastics. There will be nothing principled or consistent coming down the pipeline.
There’s so much we can’t perceive in the social interactions we have with each other due to the necessary restrictions of a global pandemic, but from at least six feet away and even beneath the veil of a face mask, a person’s gait can communicate their very self through the mundanity of getting from one place to another.
If there is anything anyone fighting these issues could take away from reading this column, please know you’re not alone in this fight.
If I am faced with a choice between two groups, each of which is wildly speculating in financial markets for personal gain, then I am going to side with the group that is giving average people a helping hand, that is helping to save a few community institutions from bankruptcy and that is producing some of the best memes of 2021.
This semester, when you find yourself standing at a crossroads (as a Duke student, you should know that this is inevitable), take Coach K’s lesson to heart and stop to think about how best to proceed going forward.
Don’t only wonder if what you’re saying makes sense, or is appropriate. Consider what you have to believe about yourself, society, or morality in order to say it. It’ll teach you a lot about yourself.
One day, perhaps we can sober up and stop expecting politicians working within oppressive systems to offer us real relief from the systemic problems we face. Alternatively, we can have a huge panic attack and make our friends call EMS on us.