“An artist is someone who can hold two opposing viewpoints and still remain fully functional.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald
The threat of mental health impacts.
Position A: we must agree, without question, with children who say they are transgender because otherwise their inevitable negative mental health outcome and possible suicide will be our fault.
Position B: we must keep children off school and away from group sports for months to protect the elderly and chronically unwell. The mental health impacts of this are insignificant.
Position A: climate change is the biggest existential threat to humanity, all necessary resources and national finances should be applied to solve it. We must think the unthinkable.
Position B: nuclear energy is too big a danger to use to generate our power.
Position A: Russia hacked the 2016 election resulting in the illegitimate Trump presidency.
Position B: there were no irregularities in the 2020 election. Anyone who suggests otherwise is a conspiracy theorist.
The World Health Organisation
Position A: it’s unfortunate the WHO made several significant mistakes over the efficacy of masks and the possibility the Kung Flu came from the Wuhan lab.
Position B: the WHO is correct that the vaccines are safer for all age and health cohorts than catching the virus.
Position A: there is no evidence from randomised double blind longitudinal studies of the effectiveness of existing generic pharmaceutical treatments for Kung Flu and anyone suggesting these should be further investigated is a conspiracy theorist.
Position B: a vaccine first produced less than a year ago is completely safe in both the short and long term for all age and health cohorts.
Freedom of speech
Position A: one of the greatest benefits of living in a western democracy is the freedom to criticise government policy without sanction.
Position B: there is no problem with private companies, some of whom have revenue greater than the GDP of many countries, to censor people who spread misinformation as these people are dangerous conspiracy theorists.
Perhaps there’s a bit of artistry in us all. It’s not those who have inconsistency who scare me most, but those with certainty.
Take it away boys: