Rounding Errors September 12, 2015Posted by geoff in News.
Since “micro” means one millionth, it appears that a “microaggression” is a millionth of an aggression.
When you’ve reduced aggressions to a millionth of their size, I think you can say “mission accomplished,” can’t you?
Unless, of course, you increase the sensitivity of your aggression detectors, so that people can take umbrage at smaller and smaller aggressions. It’s a sad fact that people can be trained to unlimited sensitivity, to the point where they can simply imagine aggressions which don’t even exist.
So trying to eliminate microaggressions will never work, because then they’ll complain about nanoaggressions and femtoaggressions and so on.
I think I’ll take the easier, more traditional route: just develop a thicker skin and encourage everybody to be reasonably nice, not unattainably perfect.