Tendentious

posted Oct 21, 2017, 7:54 AM by David Alan Binder

Tendentious

 

Every book, every newspaper, every article, every single thing ever written is tendentious.

Just like everyone is partisan, no matter how pure their motives.  They carry their biases with them sometimes overtly, like badges, sometimes covertly like subversive or hidden motives.

Full disclosure I have my own tendentiousness that I bring to everything I write.  Not on purpose, but because I am human and therefore cannot be totally objective ever.  The same goes for you and everyone else.

 

Think about it.  Every side in a war or conflict has their stories that they tell to make the other side the bad person, to objectify the enemy.  Every side feels like their God or Allah is on their side.  Both sides pray and feel like they are heard and that they have supplicated that favor to their side.  Every win is attributed to that favoritism shining on them; every loss is attributed to the evil that is against them.

 

It is so difficult to remove bias, partisan-ism (that may be a made up word, if so I’ll claim it), and have a completely honest unbiased objectivity to whatever we do.

 

So embrace it.  Own it.  Be proud of it and Dear Readers and Dear Writers, write with tendentiousness.

 

According to Merriam-Webster, the word Tendentious:

“marked by a tendency in favor of a particular point of view : biased”

 

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