I’m going to start out with a little piece of Deacon King Kong by James McBride:
“He goes out there and insults the Jews and nobody says a drop about it. Except us. The Jews hate us, man! They don’t want no projects out there in Forest Hills.”
“And the whiteys hate the Jews, because the Jews run everything. You dig?”
Now- it you read that passage without any accompaniment. what do you think? You don’t have to say it out loud, but how do the words presented sound when you roll them around in your brain? Chew on that for a moment…
Do these four lines need more context in order to give one the full meaning?
Do you think this mini section stands alone?
When you hear/read/see something, how much context do you need to understand it and make sense of it?
Should you make a decision about the book based on the four lines that I quoted?
Ok- now I’m going to go way to the far end of the tree branch and make a statement that may or may not make sense…even I haven’t thought this one out fully… Lucky you- you get to be here for the actual genesis of an idea in my brain…Huzzah…Prepare to be scared because I’m not quite sure what’s about to spill forth…
Do we ever really have the full story on anything, because do we ever all the contextual things that we need in order to make a decision/judgement/whatever?
Every statement I make is a compilation of all the things that make up my background, and what is going on in my present, and what I am preparing for in the future.
If I make a statement that you don’t agree with, it is fair to chide me unless you know my whole backstory?
I know, this sort of goes back to my NO JUDGEMENT zone, which you also know I manipulate sometimes to prove a point…
Should you ever tell someone that what they are thinking or feeling is wrong? (for the record- I still hold that math has right and wrong answers, but you have to know my background as someone who wants correct change and for my taxes to be done fairly to fully comprehend why I feel this way)
Should we stop giving people grief because they think differently than us because we don’t know the context of their lives?