a reply to: network dude
Well, thank you
I have made a not so insignificant number of posts like that, especially recently, even though I suspect most will skip them due to
length. They all tie together, but don't even begin to scratch the surface.
I think it boils down to the idea that social conflicts that appear straightforward are actually driven by very complex, intentional
I don't know why it is so difficult to consider that, perhaps, the key to the next step of our social evolution is learning how to live alongside
others with vastly different views productively and without conversion. But it is.
I mean, there is so much more
to a monument like this than whether or not the man was a "slaver." But, in order to maintain coherence and the
least amount of dissonance, these factors must be minimized to the point of non-existence. So, there is no compromise, or understanding. Individuals
are programmed to view it all under the parameters of slavery, and "slavery is wrong."
Then, when someone like you or me tries to do more with the conversation, we are seen as pro-slavery, essentially. This jump is critical to
maintaining coherence and consistency to the social group. It is no coincidence that it also allows for near total manipulation.
By erasing and rewriting history under this framework, it not only serves to deepen the neurological connections here and now, but creates a
foundation for it to embed even more deeply over generations.
This process COULD be used in beneficial ways, that benefit even the programmers significantly more than the current approach. But, it has the
tendency to bite the hand that feeds it. Meaning, those who feel they are immune (due to being the programmer, or any other reason), are actually the
I truly believe our species is in real trouble, and events like your OP are simply indicators of social manipulation as a runaway freight train.
The left was the initial target, because we tend to be the most open to change. But, I don't believe the full repercussions were understood and now
its just an attempt to herd cats while playing with a bonfire.
Seemingly, its not so hard to understand that just because someone views this statue as injustice incarnate, it may mean something very different to
someone else. But, the programming dictates taking it so much further, wherein the person/people who see it differently are labelled in the narrowest
On this topic, just because someone has experienced injustice and are black, does not mean they experienced that injustice because
black. But, that is exactly how many have been programmed to react
, and the war waged on monuments like this only serve to strengthen that
mentality here and now. Even more concerning, it changes the context for future generations to define it and perceive it in with even less
change this, but the first step is making an effort to live and thrive alongside even polar opposite perspectives, rather than spending
all of our time trying to convert or erase.
In my opinion, that is exactly what our nation was founded to accomplish. Not as one borg-like undulating blob of a hive, but many disparate
perspectives that are unified in the goal to build something the world hasn't seen before. A place that learns and grows from its mistakes in that
journey, and a place that can recognize nuanced things of value even if they come from the darkest reaches of humanity. A place that never forgets our
mistakes and always celebrates our successes, in equal measure and regardless of the source or how intertwined the two may be.
A monument/memorial like this can stand for many things to many people, a vast spectrum of perspective, but it needs to remain standing to do that.