Except for expensive electronics, unless you're good at putting things back together

@mike and except skeins of wool. That gets messy real quick.

@mike Can you elaborate on this? Presumably you don't intend to deconstruct your views on things you firmly believe, say, the majority position on climate change or LGBTQIA+ rights. I understand your deconstruction as preparation for building up a whole new set of beliefs. Deconstruction can have an important place in one's journey, but isn't it more of a course correction than a destination?

Or am I construing something as serious that you meant only as a joke?

@RobertFrancis @mike

My point of view on this is that deconstruction is holding things up to a light and seeing what they truly are. Things like climate change and LGBTQIA+ rights stand the test of deconstruction, as do many other fundamental truths.

@Jeff @mike Thanks Jeff. It's a relief to hear acknowledgment that there are fundamental truths in a community that, as far as I can tell, is generally uncomfortable with admitting they exist even though 1)they are the subtext of everything that is talked about and 2)they give rise to careful safeguards that are enforced through social pressure, as is typical for any community.

@RobertFrancis @mike

If you listen to The Liturgist podcast you will find that there are truths. The main truth being to cause no harm to another human, or cause as little harm as possible given a circumstance. Things like denying climate change and denying fundamental rights to a group of people because they don't hold your particular belief's are obviously harming to other humans.

@Jeff @mike Well, certain things may be obvious to you that are not obvious to me, and vice-versa. To preach deconstruction of everything while reserving certain things in a protected status would be inconsistent. If one really supports deconstructing everything, there cannot be exceptions for what one personally considers fundamental truth. If on the other hand one claims some truths are universal, that is moving to a very different stance than “deconstruct everything”. 1/

@Jeff @mike Again maybe Mike was just joking but by not saying so, my impression is reinforced that the culture built here holds certain beliefs as universal dogmas while avoiding admitting they are such because it is felt that would kill the vibe. Chesterton said “There are two kinds of people in the world: the conscious dogmatists and the unconscious dogmatists. I have always found myself that the unconscious dogmatists were by far the most dogmatic.” 2/

@Jeff @mike I think therein lies danger for any of us when we don’t tend to that awareness. I know Mike has spoken about this kind of awareness in the epistemology episode, but it takes actively applying it to change the existing culture. I hope to see more of that. 3/3

@Jeff @mike Deconstruction has a role in the faith journey but if it becomes a dominant rallying cry, it can be easy to lose sight of its limits. We can make an idol out of anything, and we can become fundamentalist about being anti-fundamentalist. I know Mike knows this, but I believe occasional reminders are important. To use your eloquent image, we do well to hold things up to the light to see what they truly are, and that includes deconstruction itself.

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