I can’t just wait for the muse, I have to do something about it.
In our house we have this choice for the main meal: take it or leave it.
The lemon I cooked with last night almost ruined the fish – especially as I poured the lemon butter over the rice so the whole dish was sour. Luckily the broccoli salad was OK, the balsamic vinegar didn’t bully it into submission. How come sometimes I am so heavy handed with seasoning and at others I get it just right? I can’t remember which celebrity chef or cook called balsamic vinegar “the kitchen bully”. I like that, it makes sense and if I remember in time, I don’t use as much.
Apropos of nothing that has gone before, here are some notes I jotted down in the dim and distant past to clarify various concepts for students.
Be suspicious of claims of absolute truth.
Relative truths are another matter.
You cannot assume that your worldview is the same as anyone else’s.
Rationality is usually with people who share the same rules (ideology) that you do. That is why rationality does not always work—consider, for example, the situation in Israel and Palestine.
Claims of absolute truth terminate the argument and close down social enquiry.
We seldom say exactly what we mean and we seldom mean exactly what we say and, in some instances, this is used to manipulate.
What is ideology?
Ideology is identifiable by its systematic nature and models of belief.
Ideology offers a general account of the world.
Ideology has an essentialist theory of the nature of humanity.
Ideology will diagnose what is wrong and give a prescription to address the wrong. This agenda is often vague and has an unspecified timeframe.
Ideology is maintained by presenting a normative theory that appeals to implied standards of a social order as if it were part of the natural world.
Ideology is held dogmatically and is a ‘closed’ system – no evidence is allowed to count against it and it answers criticism using its own theoretical concepts and by analysing the critic’s motives.