Cultural Compass (part 2: SJWs & The Shame Game)

I have studied the SJW in and out of the classroom. I went to school in Boston and majored in Sociology. I now live in New York City where they run rampant ruining perfectly good picnics and dinner parties. I’d rather people point fingers fists at me than tell me, “check your privilege.”

There is no weight to those words. If you’ve ever found yourself saying that, stop. All you’ve done is expose your pious argument as unsound. You’re invoking guilt and doling out blame instead of coming up with and then communicating your own argument. I’ve got some advice for you: breathe deeply, come to terms with your insignificance, and tell me why you disagree.

Oh? You can’t? What’s that? It would be too draining to bother?

Guess what? You are a hypocrite. You are playing into the very system you’re trying to break: shame. You’re attempting to humiliate or at least humble someone who’s obviously done the misdeed of disagreeing with you. Unwilling to develop yourself through an intelligent debate over an uncomfortable issue exemplifies your intolerance (not to mention your inability to make meaning of and control your feelings, thoughts).

It’s ok to get angry or be vulnerable. The main criticism I have with SJWs is this collective disengagement and denial of the responsibility of feeling negative emotion, owning it and its accompanying actions, and tolerating the uncomfortable. All lines of communication are nuked. I find it terrifying that the immediate defensiveness behind “check your privilege” kills any discussion. No change, be it social or not, can be made in the face of such unwillingness to share experience and thus expand perception.

Political correctness is toxic in the classroom and pollutes our society. Offensive defense is crumbling the edifice of education and silencing the otherwise inquisitive and adventurous. I fail to see where this morality movement–or narcissism disguised as nobility–is producing any tangible impact on making the world a better place or enlightening our kin and country. (“But it’s really about raising awareness!”) It’s dusting off the blame and repurposing the fear.

Maybe what you meant was, “please try to be empathetic.” What you actually said was, “just shut up, your opinion isn’t worthy because you belong to group X.” We’ve strapped ourselves into social straitjackets and wriggle around in a worldwide one-uppance of shame survival.

Oops, was that too triggering?

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