Synon Of The Week: ‘Judge’ #26_2019April 26, 2019
On his pseudo-talk show “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” he and Kate McKinnon make a great point about the petty social tyranny of how kids these days use the word chill:
Seinfeld: Kids with the chill word.
The idea that chillness is a virtue is basically the idea that not caring is a virtue and that caring is a vice.
But the very worst of the inhumanly stoic phraseology of us kids these days is how we use the word “judge.” Judge, judgmental, judgy (that last now added to the Oxford English Dictionary as an informal word for overly critical and elitist).
“Don’t judge” is the best way to be “chill.”
A bit of dialogue from a more high-culture source, Plato’s “Theaetetus,” in which Socrates tries to figure out what knowledge is and how we can get it:
Socrates: Look for [knowledge] in whatever the mind is doing when it busies itself, by itself, about things which are.
But one also shouldn’t use a vernacular which implies that caring, feeling, and having opinions about things are not a vital part of being a person.
Chill with that.
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