From James Lindsay’s New Discourses blog – highly recommended:
The Hard Truth About Struggle Sessions
Struggle session season isn’t over. Even though we’re starting to understand what they are and how to deal with them, they’re still coming, sometimes with very high stakes. The point of a struggle session, ultimately, is to get you to confess to made-up crimes on contrived terms that you and others will adopt as a result of confessing. The hard truth of the struggle session is that there’s no coming back from capitulating to one. People can understand the pressures and the evil of the dynamic, but you still show yourself and those in your corner that under pressure you are faithless. Meanwhile, bystanders accept your confession as proof of your guilt, which not only places you in the category of criminal in their minds but also justifies the contrived terms upon which you were accused. Finally, your tormenter who is struggling you just knows they can break you, so they’ll continue to do so, mocking you that your confession wasn’t sincere enough. It’s losing all the way around. It’s bargaining away part of your soul for reprieve that you won’t really get. In this episode of New Discourses Bullets, host James Lindsay explains this hard truth of the struggle session and encourages you to stand up against them and to stand alongside people being put through them. Join him to understand and to strengthen your will.