posted on Jun, 12 2015 @ 01:40 AM
A bit of back information before I begin to melt down...
When I was really young, maybe six or seven years old, my Grandfather, a full blooded Native American, sat me down and gave me some of the most
relevant and formative advice anyone ever offered. He said to never judge people by things that they cannot control, like where they were born, the
color of their skin, their culture, or their gender. He also said that cowards pick on the weak and that true character requires good men to stop
cowards from victimizing others.
He is the primary reason, I believe, that I grew up to have such a deeply held and passionate social conscience. I truly do accept everyone for who
they are. I may opt to dislike a person deeply because of who they are, but I do make it a point to accept the fact that they are who they choose to
be. To me this embodies the "live and let live" approach to life. In short, I don't care if you are straight, gay, bi, black, red, yellow, white,
brown, Christian, Muslim, Atheist, attractive, ugly or anything else. That is your business and I'm going to do everything I can to NOT allow labels
to dictate my appreciation of others.
TL;DR? I'm about as socially liberal as they come.
Now for the rant.
My approach to life used to be very cut and dry. It was easy. No matter who it was, I could sit down with just about anyone and find some sort of
common ground to build at least a cordial and civil conversation or relationship with. For me it was never awkward because I did not try to pretend
they were not who they were. I don't avoid topics. If I hang out with a gay guy, I am happy to discuss the nuances of what it is like to be gay
versus what I experience as a heterosexual. Same goes with anything. I've learned a LOT about the world through this approach and have met some
amazing people because I refused to allow preconceived notions or socially impressed prejudices prevent it from happening.
And then the past six months to a year happened and I am, quite honestly, left about as lost and confused as I can be. Suddenly the entire world went
crazy and it seems that somebody, somewhere went out and found every fanatically insane member of each sub-genre of society to somehow become the
spokesperson for their "people"
For the love of God, we've got a wanna-be Kardashian suddenly trying to supplant Elton John as the leader of the gay mafia! Even as his daughter is
spamming her naked ass so much that it's nearly a daily headline in my Yahoo news feed.
We've got Kanye West - possibly the douchiest human on the planet suddenly thinking he's the new Al Sharpton. The racial agitator who wants to take
race relations back to the stone age by trying to incite some sort of Mansonesque civil war. And FFS he married the above mentioned persons former
There are people going full on stupid, all over social media, declaring their unfathomably ridiculous opinions to be "social justice" and, being
totally frank, half of the crap they say, I can't even understand much less process. If there was even an ounce of continuity to their
argument I might be able to understand and pick a side, or choose to walk away. But when you read feeds where two lesbians are trying to
"outlesbian" each other? How do you even process that?
Armies of folks trying to tell me ( not directly ) that I am a horrible monster because I am male - and therefore am not only a pervert - but a
predator, by default because I was born an outtie and not an innie??? FFS I don't recall checking off any "would you rather be born male or
female?" boxes before I was born. In fact, even though I drank a lot back in the day, I am fairly certain that I can state with absolute accuracy
that I never had a choice in the matter. I was simply BORN THIS WAY. White, male, American, working class.
And yet, still, if they were all only going after me and those like me, I'd kind of get it. Modern history tend to teach that white guys pretty much
ran the whole show for a very long time ( not actually true, but hey - schools ) - so I can see those who are not white and male feeling angry. I
don't think it's logical or the right way to approach things. But I do get it. I can empathize.
But this entire social justice thing? They aren't just attacking that which is different. They aren't just standing up for them and theirs. They are
lashing out at everyone - including their own communities.
And the real world fall out? It's mind numbing. All of this hyper extremist reactionary garbage has poisoned kids to the point where you can easily
find Youtube videos of younger females who are enraged that a boy flirted with them. Hell, I haven't looked but there are probably videos of boys
raging because a girl got flirty. Somehow these videos end up going along this narrative "So... *sob*... today a guy named Mike said he liked my
shoes.... and I felt so raped... I felt so objectified and dirty...."
At what freaking point did we cross the "PC" Rubicon to the point where a compliment becomes synonymous to the ultimate violation imaginable?
God my head hurts.
Is it just me ATS or are any of you also noticing this new irrationality becoming not just a reality - but rapidly becoming the norm?
As always, thanks for reading.