This week, I’ve worked with the primary school of the now notorious “Eggboy” who so famously splatted an egg on the head of renowned right-wing Senator Fraser Anning.
I won’t name the school in this blog as the whole national hysteria surrounding the issue really is none of their doing. But wow, it’s created quite the kerfuffle, hasn’t it?!
A little perspective here – it was an egg. It wasn’t even hard-boiled.
What’s intrigued me most about the winding up of the national outrage machine has been that it invites us into only a remarkably shallow depth of analysis. It seems to me that the best we can do when something like this happens is to succumb to our confirmation bias so I can prove that Eggboy was either 100% right or 100% wrong.
It works like this. If you believe that Anning is a racist dirtbag and totally deserved to have a raw egg smashed into the back of his head, then you are likely to believe that Eggboy did the 100% right thing.
If you are inclined to agree with Anning’s views on immigration and national sovereignty, then you’ll be more inclined to think that Eggboy is 100% brat who needs a good foot up the backside.
My question is, when exactly did we become so incapable of seeing the range of potential and rational options between these two extremes?
Why could it not be a case of “Look, this really isn’t the behaviour we’d like our young people resorting to when they want to make a point, but I can understand that sometimes resistence to important issues like racism is combative”?
Why could it not be described as “You know, given the public outcry over Anning’s comments about Christchurch, it was possibly predictable that somebody would respond so emotionally”?
Truth isn’t binary. Not all situations are black and white. Some truths are truer than others and some are decidedly grey.
I don’t really care about what your opinion of Anning or Eggboy is. I do care about our diminishing propensity to examine an event and explore its features without the need for the end game to a winner or loser. Do we really need to be right that badly?
It was only an egg.
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