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Between the Scylla and Charybdis: on Discussing Sensitive Issues (from Gary Moore) (John Eipper, USA, 05/10/21 5:06 am)

Gary Moore writes:

My thanks to Paul Pitlick (May 7) for his gracious comment on my posts.

The George Floyd case and related controversies provide a crucial opportunity for WAIS to explore the most effective approaches to extremely sensitive public issues, where passions might easily grow to the point of preventing communication. Our moderator's fine hand seems to be successfully steering the Forum through the narrow chasm between the Charybdis of eerily inert avoidance and the Scylla of similarly unseeing passion. (Now if I can just navigate my long sentences...)

JE comments:  Thank you, Gary.  The Charybdis is certainly the easier route here, as avoiding hot-button issues doesn't involve stepping on anyone's toes.  But the Goodship WAIS prefers to aim for the Scylla--rougher but far more interesting seas!

Scylla and Charybdis--wondering how often this Homeric trope comes up on WAIS? Exactly four times including today.  Here's a pre-Millennial reference from 1999:


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  • Scylla? Or Charybdis? You Decide (David Duggan, USA 05/11/21 3:53 AM)
    As for Scylla and Charybdis, I believe John E inverted the metaphors.

    Charybdis was the whirlpool which risked destroying the entire craft and crew; Scylla was the 6-headed monster (an anthropomorphism of a six-rocked shoal between Sicily and Calabria) who would pluck seamen from the decks. Charybdis is metaphorically not the "easier route," and Scylla is not the "rougher seas."

    JE comments:  Gary Moore's S & C had to do specifically with WAIS.  By Charybdis he meant avoiding the discussion of hot-button social issues, while Gary's Scylla referred to turning the Forum into an ideological shouting match--hence the rougher seas.

    Ever having a bad day?  Be thankful you don't have to face the Scylla!

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