Part Two - The Vulgarity of our Political Space & Acts of Suppression
So… I promised I would talk about how suppression is justified by some folks, according to William Penn.
Suppression means to “put down by use of authority or force” and it means to “withhold disclosure” (dictionary.com). Since we are not talking about germs or crimes here, the kind of suppression Penn spoke about is the bad kind. After all, it’s good to suppress a gunman bent on murder. It’s good to suppress a nasty flu bug.
Penn linked suppressive acts with vulgarity (See my Beauty Heals post definition of vulgarity and Part One for what Penn said) because it requires negative presuppositions: 1) that a person or idea is wrong; 2) that the person or idea disorders the orderly or acceptable views; or 3) that to disclose something would bring about negative consequences. By definition alone, suppressors either believe truth needs to be enforced or suppressed in order to maintain outcomes. They hold the keys to truth.
And, that’s the short of it (though there is the long of it too)! It all comes off as rejection or the inability or unwillingness to see and respect others. Once opinions and beliefs are totalized, then everyone who disagrees becomes an opponent worthy of suppression. It’s justified. Unfortunately.