I blocked him a couple of days ago. He's commented on several of my essays. He's really offering nothing valuable other than some insults.

Yes, moderation is a lost virtue these days, especially when it comes to everyday discourse. We feel like we're entitled to speak on whatever we want, however we want. In many ways, I support these ideas. We should be allowed to freely speak our minds. But there seems to be a lack of moderation, respect or even self-awareness.

These days, I feel like kids and students are more respectful than the majority of adults. And it really gets me thinking, how are kids behaving better than most adults? And when I reflect, kids always interact with adults in a very specific setting - especially in Asia. Kids see adults as their elders whom they should respect. The social setting itself dictates social moderation. When kids misbehave, the adults have the authority to moderate their behavior. Gradually, it's a form of social conditioning.

I've observed that this is the same social setting that I interact with my professors in - despite being an official adult now. I know many people are critical of social classes and distinctions. But I must admit that there's value in "knowing your place" in society when it comes to valuable discourse.

The lack of a social moderation in everyday discourse, especially on social media (and with public debates) thus highlights how discourse in these platforms have no epistemic value at all. They're primarily for entertainment. And we don't need moderation for entertainment.

So, when it comes to public discourse where epistemic value is at stake, we need moderation.

I was once asked about the origins of the universe. So, here I am doing philosophy. Ethics | Intellectual History | Chinese Comparative Philosophy