Making light of a "Kumbaya moment" is one of many examples of diminishing something or someone in order to "other-ize", dare I say, dehumanize. Humans use disdain to make themselves feel superior or distinct. I need not state this on this "On Being" comment board, but clearly - we are better to strive to find the connections and like-mindedness than to draw lines of distinction through a pejorative stance.
Many thanks, Trent, for highlighting this profound view of what a real Kumbaya moment meant to someone like Dr. Harding. This is certainly causing me to evaluate how I use humor and eye-rolling to "other-ize".
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