Wise Words From Tim Minchin

This will surely offend some of you, and if a bit of harsh language offends, I would suggest stopping now.  But if intellectually stretching past your parameters is of interest, continue on, language be damned.

I was listening to this recently, and it hit me how true at least part (if not most or all) of this speech is and how relevant it is to us in this race.  After hearing a number of people explain to us that they have “experienced” our sheriff’s capabilities… “in the 80’s” or “as her TO” 42 years ago… this truly hit it out of the park for me.

The relevant quote is posted below and the entirety of the video speech is below that.  Again, if you can’t see past a few bad words or having certain belief schemes questioned in order to see the bigger message, stop here and now.

5. Be Hard On Your Opinions
A famous bon mot asserts that opinions are like arse-holes, in that everyone has one. There is great wisdom in this… but I would add that opinions differ significantly from arse-holes, in that yours should be constantly and thoroughly examined.

We must think critically, and not just about the ideas of others. Be hard on your beliefs. Take them out onto the verandah and beat them with a cricket bat.
Be intellectually rigorous. Identify your biases, your prejudices, your privilege.

Most of society’s arguments are kept alive by a failure to acknowledge nuance. We tend to generate false dichotomies, then try to argue one point using two entirely different sets of assumptions, like two tennis players trying to win a match by hitting beautifully executed shots from either end of separate tennis courts.

— Tim Minchin, Speech to University of Western Australia Graduates, 2013