Subjectivity or Objectivity

Subjectivity or objectivity: It drives me crazy that people think they must choose only one. Actually both have a role. When you talk about past events you can speak of objectivity. When you speak of explanations and future projections, then you are entering the realm of subjectivity.

What did the US win in Iraq? That’s in the past. Can we give an objective answer?
Sometimes, but not always. We asking for an evaluation. That depends on the metric you use.

Metric: Sadaam Hussein to be deposed. Elemental fact. True
Metric: Remove threat of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Elemental fact. Vacuously true, because there were no none to remove.

Metric: Make the US safer. Composite fact. Has auxiliary assumptions. Validity depends on a person’s viewpoint

  • What about Beltway snipers? Remember white powder in mail envelopes! Weren’t they acts of terror?
  • Interpretation of Ft. Hood incident. Was that a decrease in the threat?
  • Other plots against US thwarted by separate US internal efforts, not action in Iraq. Terrorist cells in Buffalo, etc
  • London subways and Madrid trains. That didn’t happen in the US, so it’s not germane.
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    3 thoughts on “Subjectivity or Objectivity

    1. To me the I sounds a lot like the Tao, while obejct & subject might also represent Yin & Yang. My thinking these days is couched in eastern philosophy, tai chi training, etc. so the reference to dualism drove my thinking right to that area. Of course, these comparisons I’ve made may change as my intellect chews on these concepts for a while. This takes some real perseverance of thought, at least on my part, because I keep bumping up against the ego.So then if all is subjective, then I wonder are we manifestations of the Tao

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