The genius of nuance
Posted by Simon Parke, 20 July 2017, 5.59am
Let us suppose that human civilisation is the opposite of human brutalisation.
And ponder the difference.
Brutalisation is the stupid climate of tyranny, where rainbows are declared black and white
While civilisation is the enlightened climate of nuance
Where the seven colours of the rainbow are just the start of the story
Which, of course, is why we don’t applaud politicians, why we don’t chant their names.
We can vote for them if we wish; but we won’t wave banners, as if somehow they are the answer.
It never ends well…and we might make tyrants of them.
They might begin to believe in their black and white, stupid-as-mince cause
Warm to their dishonest certainty
To their particular telling of the story
To their sheep and goats world view
In short, applause encourages a foolish simplification of strategy and can encourage tyrants, who hate nuance with a passion
because nuance dismantles their labels
and disturbs their simplification of the world in which lives
The violent librarian
The honest thief
The bigoted freedom fighter
The magnificent Brexiteer
The greedy Trades Unionist
The depressed clown
The selfish nurse
The compassionate Tory
The jealous bishop
This human race is not black and white
So for the sake of civilisation, we don’t applaud politicians or chant their names.
It may stir in them the small-time tyrant, stoke their dishonest certainty, their selective discernment, their inaccurate labels
When civilisation is built on the truer and kinder way of nuance
On the truth there are no good and bad people or nations
Only the speckled
All mess and magic
The controlling charity worker
The enlightened accountant
The lazy victim
The gentle fundamentalist
The hateful mother
The generous Kensington and Chelsea counsellor
The kind paedophile
Oh… and the Good Samaritan.