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The Problem of Over Correction

While many will cheer and even demand over correction, given the 'historical injustice,' many questions remain unanswered.

I have been thinking on the myriad problems of several current movements (mostly the failures of logic being used by the adherents). Though it will take more research and thought before I am willing to publish something meaningful, I came across a kernel today which succinctly addresses one of the key problems:

Many years ago I was introduced to one of the most helpful rules of logic: to never say or write anything the opposite of which would only be uttered by a madman. So for instance, if you are an aspiring politician do not say “We must go forwards into a new bright future” because no sane person would publicly declare “We must go backwards into a dark past”. - Douglas Murray

Part of the benefit of such logic, is it begins to address what has long troubled me: the act of over correction. While many will cheer and even demand over correction, given the 'historical injustice,' many questions remain unanswered.

How long should over correction last? Is there a level of over correction which is unacceptable? What happens when the pendulum inevitably swings back? What will the opposing over correction look like?

I think only history will be able to answer the last two of these questions. My fear is unless we answer the first two, history will inevitably respond with opposite and exponentially greater over correction.


This post is day 048 of my #100DaysToOffload challenge. If you want to get involved, you can get more info from 100daystooffload.com.

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