Character & Courage

Manliness consists not in bluff, bravado or lordliness. It consists in daring to do the right and facing consequences, whether it is in matters social, political or other. It consists in deeds not in words. [1]

Apart from this website, which is more one-way than two, my only “social media” consists of a Discord server used by The Collective, a name a few of us use for our conglomeration of clubs who share resources, work together, and support one another. This morning I read a post that I feel I must share here.

Though not a principal in the debate that took place, I was on its periphery and exchanged comments with one of the authors, Cory Winslow, about certain points in the paper he and another fellow had written [2]. On April 7th, on his school site, Cory shared something I know it was difficult to share. His words express it better than I can summarize, so please read what he posted:

https://www.svsod.com/an-alternative-interpretation?fbclid=IwAR39C70UIbKOm320sJDVIWZqzNBw8aMYSj3YJsjUReDzlxbUIbASNh_vS64

It takes courage and character to admit fault, and even more to do so publicly, and I applaud Cory for making the hard choice. I do not know Cory save for our interactions here, but it’s important to me to meet people where they are and to recognize an act like this, especially as one of those who took them to task for the faults within the paper. I don’t know Stephen Hand or Paul Wagner well either (though I met Paul briefly a few years ago), but my sense is that they are the sort of people who will appreciate this gesture and respond in kind. They’re good blokes.

We can accomplish more working together honestly and humbly than we can otherwise. Bravo Cory–that took guts and I hope your olive branches to Hand and Wagner lead to excellent future collaboration!

NOTES:

[1] M.K. Ghandi, To Students, edited by Bharatan Kumarappa, First Published May 1953, p. 55 in the pdf, https://www.mkgandhi.org/ebks/to-students.pdf

[2] Cf. on this site “Silver as Trigger Word,” 30 Dec. 2020; “Arguments Argentine,” 27 Jan. 2021; “Emus and Fences,” 4 Feb. 2021; “Note–Concerning George Silver and the Notion of a Slow Hand,” 29 March, 2021

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