The Left-Right, Right-Wrong Confusion
Sometimes some people get confused when discriminating between their right and left sides, and apparently this extends over to moral discrimination too
I get it, some of us at various times experience difficulties with visual spatial attention. We get tripped up with determining directions or with orienting ourselves. This is common human error. Acknowledgeable human error even. Taking a wrong turn or missing the right exit for the most part is tolerable and unremarkable. It gets dicey however, when the wrong kidney gets removed, or the wrong leg gets amputated. Consequences.
Some attribute this to distraction. The distraction seems obvious enough but it depends still on the type of distraction. Receiving a phone call while driving could be distracting but more distracting than that is receiving a text.
Distractions come in all shapes and sizes — bright colors, blinking lights and loud sounds — and the more these “pop out” from their surroundings, the more likely they are to capture our attention. People experience distractions differently. When someone finds a thing particularly rewarding — alcohol, tobacco or money — it can capture their attention in a way that is unique to them. Previously, researchers have found that alcoholics are more likely to notice objects changing in a scene if they are related to liquor.
We should all know by now that it is wrong to retrieve a text while driving. Even when the consequence of such does not lead to tragedy in that particular moment it is wrong nonetheless. It is wrong because it initiates a false sense of infallibility because getting away with it without causing egregious harm directly in that moment gives you the false impression that you are an expert at receiving texts while driving. You survived but why put yourself and others at risk due to an act of moral failure. What about the message you are sending to others when you so happen to be unhindered by your wrongness.
Feeling like a moral failure has at least four possible and related sources: embarrassment, lack of self-trust, shame, and an inability to recognize the proper scope of responsibility each person has.
If you don’t feel any aspect of the guilt listed then clearly you have become unable to discriminate between right and wrong or right and left, and it may be due to a myriad of distractions. What inspired me to consider this moral reasoning today stems from reading this excerpt from the NYTimes article titled “Pittsburgh Unites in Grief, Even as It Splits Over Trump’s Visit.”
“How dare they blame Trump for this,” said Tova Weinberg, a registered Democrat and Orthodox Jew who voted for Mr. Trump. “We love what he’s doing for Israel, we love what he’s doing for the economy. I’m just crazy about him.”
Crazy for Trump is right. As we grieve and deliberate over the senseless killings at the Pittsburgh Synagogue, I could not help but ponder about the moral sensibilities over this statement. And if you can blame Trump for the state of the economy then you can definitely blame him for this too (the state of our disunion) — unequivocally. Whatever you perceive Trump doing for Israel, or for the economy does not overshadow nor upstage the discord and discontent that he observingly emboldens and patently encourages and endorses.
President Trump in his immediate remarks after the massacre in Pittsburgh stated that the synagogue should have had an armed guard.
“If there was an armed guard inside the temple, they would have been able to stop him”
I disagree, I see an emboldening effect. I tend to think that violence begets more violence, and that any show of potential violence will not mitigate more violence. I also believe that Mr. Trump has become a huge distraction for the country as a whole. A distraction that disorients us from reality through disconcerting statements. He will seek to distract us more and more as the elections draw nearer and nearer. This distraction confuses us from what is right and what is wrong consequentially with resounding effect.
Asked if he was advocating for armed guards inside of places of worship, Trump replied, “no, it’s certainly an option.” — CNN Politics
As we look forward to a pivotal midterm election I think it behooves us all to reorient ourselves so that we don’t mistake right from left or left from right. We need to make a plausible decision on where we need to go together instead of going off in different directions as Americans. We need to disabuse ourselves of the distracting labels or faux identities that divide us rather than unite us so that we can all drive democracy where it needs to be in one piece, instead of in pieces.