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Politics

 

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Hey!

 

Let’s talk about a fun topic that everybody absolutely adores to talk about! Politics, am I right?

Such a broad topic, what is the purpose of this blog post? To click bait you, of course! No, but really.. the goal is simple, to expose what I personally stand for. To mark a position within the madness and extremists. To define and attempt to explain to my small small audience why I talk about politics the way that I do, because there seems to be some confusion and misrepresentations of what I believe and stand for when I post on my Twitter (which, in return, posts on my public Facebook page).

People have been on the edge within their own eco chambers and are quick to toss around a few neat labels to me personally (and others, for that matter) because I don’t go along with some flawed narrative. And you know what that means! It means I’m a rebel on the opposite side of the political spectrum! That’s not very nice and a gross generalization of people with different opinions. Please stop that..

 

First of, I hate politics. Left, Right, Center, sideways, slightly to the left, a little bit to the right.. I don’t care. I really don’t. I’m not aligned with any political party, they are all terrible (granted, some tend to be louder and more annoying now and then). I’m not aligned with any politician, some are better than others but I’m not loyal to any. I just criticize stupidity, no matter what shape and color it has. Simple!

So let’s avoid labeling me as X and Y supporter or belonging to this or that political or social movement. Screw that and screw you, from the bottom of my heart. I have no time for cult thinking and I don’t argue with people who are quick to regurgitate labels around to the point those very same words mean absolutely nothing from the mouth of venom dripping snakes. You tend to gain immunity to venom when it’s spilled everywhere. But hey, whatever makes you feel self righteous! Glad to have helped~

 

Now, to explain my political view of the world, it’s best to describe my political journey. So let’s lower our pitchforks and holy waters and be humans for a moment..

 

As some people are aware, I was born within a christian cult. Of course, people tend to not know what that implies and are quick to rationalize that I was just part of a christian religion. No different than a Catholic or whatever other religion. That’s quite a wrong way to look at things and a very naive approach, because there are some religions that do provoke more psychological damage to an individual than others. And my former religion was a CULT, with capital letters.

To make it brief, since this is not the right blog post to talk about the cult in question, the cult has a quite defined “us versus them” mentality in the form of “Our religion against the whole world”. Plus, it’s a doomsday cult.. so some paranoia exists between the members of the cult who can’t wait for Armageddon to come! Then there’s the whole aspect that the cult believes that the entire world is controlled by Satan, much like an invisible demonic chess board that nobody is aware. And Satan controls the world by the use of Politics, Economics and Religion.

If, for some reason, you no longer want to be part of the cult or be micromanaged on absolutely everything by the superiors of this cult.. you are shunned by every member of the very same cult. Including family members and friends who are part of it. And what I mean by shunned is that they can no longer talk to you, literally. So you can imagine that it is not a very pleasant feeling when you have to make a decision between keeping all your social connections OR stay true to your own ideas and views. You can’t have both, unlike pretty much the majority of the religions where people are free to leave without any form of major punishment.

 

In this environment, I didn’t really cared for politics. Because it wasn’t worth it, Armageddon was coming eventually so why waste time with such petty things?

But then I left the cult, I no longer believed the things that they preached. On my search, when questioning my former beliefs, I came across a few atheist Youtube channels who criticized the Bible and provided convincing evidence that Christianity and, for that matter, every other religion was.. wrong.

But, with that search, I started to notice that some of those very same channels were criticizing a few political movements. Modern Feminism and all of that Social Justice nonsense. I never heard of those things until then, but something caught my attention. That somehow, among the drama, transgender people were involved. “Transgender people.. and politics? Okay, now I have to know what was going on, all the nuance!”, that’s what I thought three-two years ago.

And from there, I found a rabbit hole that I’ve been digging for a long time. American Politics, European Politics.. Left, Right, Alt-Right, Social Justice, Feminism, Gamergate, Libertarians, Authoritarians, Nationalism, Anarchists, Socialists, Communists, etc etc etc.

 

It has become a hobby that I have to keep myself updated. It’s actually amazingly frightening how everything is connected and to witness the world react to these things without the average person even knowing the origins of the political mess we are in.

 

I tend to do my own research, though it is true that there are some very specific people that I tend to listen the most as my source of news. Because I’ve listened to the way that some of these people talk and analyzed their own world views and ideals.. to the point that I trust them enough. And also because I’ve witnessed the mainstream media lying constantly to the point that I can’t even take them seriously without getting mildly annoyed about certain news articles that I’ve learned beforehand and know most of the nuance before anyone walks up to me and says “Have you heard about…”. And every single time that someone comes to me and asks that, I already have built a narrative and came to my own conclusions about the topic before it reaching the newspapers or national TV.

I never understood why some people get mad when someone points out the lies the media sometimes comes up with. Surely the people know that the media does that now and then, so why the surprise? The truth is that journalism is kinda dead. It has been about sensationalism for quite some time and whatever makes the people click on the news article to read it. Whatever gets the clicks, that’s what’s reported on. Sometimes, it doesn’t matter if it’s the truth or not but whenever or not it will get a response. And does anyone actually believe that journalists do a deep research into the issue? They don’t.. they just replicate the same news articles from the more mainstream news outlets. They see what the major news outlets are talking about and they go with it. Which is why I don’t spend time reading my own country’s news articles. I know where they get the news, which is why I’m one step ahead before the people around me ask “Have you heard about…”. Yes, I’ve heard about it. Have you looked at the nuance though? No? Too complicated? Don’t have time? Oh, you just want to feel good and will say anything that sounds good to the ears of those who know little about the subject? Oh, do go on, I can’t wait for the moment you slap me with a grossly exaggerated label just because you didn’t do your homework! I’m the degenerate here after all who spends at least an hour a day to get updated on the many daily shenanigans all over the world while you are the morally upright individual that ecos the words you heard on TV or from everydayfeminism or buzzfeed or infowars.. how predictable.

 

Anyway, I tend to not care that much for the things that happen in my own country, politically speaking. Why? It’s just an eco of what happens everywhere else. Test it for yourself! Look at something that happens on one of the major countries in the European Union. Look at what happens in the United States or Canada. It will most likely happen in a few weeks or months right afterwards. A year or two at best!

Want an example? Here:

1st February – United States | 7th March – Portugal

I don’t need to look deep into my own country’s insignificant and downgraded version of what happened in the United States on the 1st of February to know what happened. Students gathered and decided to label the speaker as a fascist and a bigot, rioted and the speeches got canceled. Nothing quite fantastic and spectacular, except the usual name calling, gross exaggeration of the public figures in question and their views.. and thus they were silenced for a day because of their “hate speech”. Now, I don’t defend these two public figures and, to be completely honest, I know nothing about Jaime Nogueira Pinto in specific.. but I defend their right to speak whatever they want. I defend EVERYONE’S right to speak, without censorship. Even the most crazed lunatics. Clearly there’s an audience and if someone has strong feelings against whatever these two believe, why not have a debate instead of crying loudly about “hate speech”? Just.. argue, debate, provide evidence, debunk their ideas and strip away their audience fairly. But you don’t do things fairly, do you.. oh left?

 

Oh.. don’t you go shouting that I’m “right winged” or “alt-right”. You are soo far on the left to know what a right wing is, of course everything that is different to your view is “right winged”. But you should feel flattered! I give the left side soo much attention and critique, it’s like I actually care for the things you say and do. And you’re right, I do.. more than the right. Because I know the right side is obviously just as silly. The reason why I’ve been criticizing the left mostly is because you have become a nuisance on my daily life. I wish I could sit here, typing a wall of text as to why Trump’s awful. About his ridiculous wall against Mexico. About how he deny’s Global Warming and whatever the hell is an “alternative fact”. About his Anti-Science policies. About his hair.

I wish I could.. I really do. But my schedule is filled with debunks about something that some left side individual said that is completely detached from reality. You know, things like some underground reptilian armies and Satan– oh.. sorry, I mean patriarchy and identity politics! They kinda fall into the same category of conspiracy theories with no actual concrete evidence. Probably some “alternative facts” or something a feminist at some college wrote, much like a biblical prophet writing a book that cannot be questioned or else you will be shunned or stoned to death!

 

Plus, it’s not like the right winged side doesn’t have their own insults against my own person. I’ve been called a social justice warrior just by the fact that I’m a transsexual and have a blue haired cartoon character as an online alter ego! It’s just a cartoon character.. I don’t actually have blue hair nor do I aspire to dye my hair with an exotic hair color. I don’t like that kind of attention, I just want to blend in with society. I like modesty, yet elegant. Yes, I know radical feminists tend to dye their hair in such colors but it is of extreme importance that one knows the difference between a cartoon character and reality! No, really.. I don’t look like my cartoon character. I believe that I’m better looking in reality, though I guess that’s subjective.

I’ve also been called a Cultural Marxist by those who are nationalist right leaning individuals. Because I believe that being proud of your own nation is just as ridiculous of being proud of your own skin color. Or gender. Or sexuality. How can one be proud of something they didn’t chose? Don’t you have something else to be proud of? Maybe of your own achievements or of your parents? Or of your friends? No? Just some arbitrary aspect that people shouldn’t care about? I say no to segregation!

 

But really, you may ask (if you survived thus far without plugging your ears and spasm about how I’m wrong.. without any sort of counter argument).. what is my real political alignment? What do I stand for?

Simple. When it comes to left and right, I see strengths on both sides (and also plenty of weaknesses). Sometimes, having left leaning ideals isn’t bad and they should be considered. Sometimes, being a little conservative isn’t wrong and becomes a need.  But, most of all, I don’t look too keen on authoritarians. And those can be found on both sides.

I cannot stand segregation. I do not care about your nationality, your religion, your skin color, your sexual orientation, your gender. I really.. do not care. I like individuals who can think for themselves and not in boxes. Individuals who are free, that have equal opportunities to reach far and wide. To punish those who step on someone else’s freedom and rights. Give the freedom to the people to believe whatever they want to believe, talk whatever they want to talk about.. but never allow personal believes to affect another individual’s freedom without consent.

 

Overall, I’m all about individualism. Against loud and angry authoritarian voices who believe they have the right to silence and subjugate individuals to their own will.

In short, if you feel like labeling me something, the closest thing you’ll probably get is a Classic Libertarian (though not 100% accurate, but the closest thing I’m familiar with). Do not dare to put me in a box together with self identifying Libertarians..

So, when I see liberties being breached, those ideals and morals that that I have very strong feelings about; I defend those who can bring hope, some balance to politics. Not because I agree with them, or support them. But to remove the crown and scepter away from those who are stepping on my toes (or are about to), on my individual freedoms. And right now, I believe the left side needs to have their crown and scepter taken away from them for some time. Not because I agree or support the right wing. But because the left has become the Authoritarians. My struggle is not against left or right.. but against up and down. And no, I don’t stand for Anarchists. Didn’t I tell you I don’t like extremes of anything? Balance is key!

 

I -really- hope that answered a few doubts.. though it most likely didn’t. We are dividing ourselves further and further to extremes. So I bet some people will read this and misinterpret everything I’ve said and just throw around a few unrealistic labels in hopes that they will stick.

I.. really hate politics. But the current political climate doesn’t leave me with much choice. Once I start feeling confident about my own voice and appearance, I’m thinking about creating a few videos about these topics. Not because I believe my opinions are important, not because I believe people will listen. Not because I’m prolific when it comes to politics. In fact, I believe that my opinions are just as good and valid as the child on the left. But I feel confident enough that I’ll be fine against the opinions of children like this one on the right.

Instead, I’ll do it because I feel morally obligated to do so, to make a stance for my own freedom and rights.

 

There’s also another plan, to eventually migrate away from the European Union. But that one’s more complicated and needs to be well thought out. There’s a very high chance that’ll never happen. But it would be awesome~

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Hi! I’m a [Label]

 

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Good afternoon!

 

It’s been a while since I wrote something more.. existential, abstract yet sententious. This is a topic that I’ve been personally invested for years since I decided to look outside the little cult indoctrination box that I’ve, since then, abandoned completely.

 

Labels. Personally, I loathe them. Such a convenient social trap that we all fall into, with no exception, without even noticing. With labels, comes the human desire to form our own tribes, our own bubbles. And within the bubbles, a cult mentality is developed. And when there’s a cult mentality, it is acceptable to demonize those outside of it. To invite others into the tribe, into the cult. The cult of a [label], where you have abandoned your individuality, your potential. Molded to fit the criteria and the ideology of the tribe, which then leads to the development of stereotypes to those from the outside. Our happiness exists as long the other members agree that you belong in this tribe. Singing in one voice, such a beautiful shallow melody!

And all of this.. because being part of a cult of a [label] makes you feel safe from your own fragile unfulfilled ego that has never bloomed because society pressured you into tiny little boxes. Boxes are easier to organize, to label, to talk in praise or distastefully.

Or perhaps a label makes you feel unique, special. It gives you the love you need from those who look up to the label you carry. Either with amazement or as an oppressed individual that needs to be heard. The virtual signaling, the voices that perceive you as a complex human being with enough experience to raise the voice with authority against those from other tribes and labels. Clearly, an individual with a good moral compass and intentions that could do no wrong. Proudly informing about the [label]. They are the [label]. Without it, they are nothing, lost, boring. No one likes an average.

But enough about the abstract thinking. This has always been a problem with society, with humanity.

 

It’s.. so easy to fall. I’m no exception, and neither are you. Even if we vainly, yet graciously, remind our acquaintances of how we avoid labeling ourselves and others and, instead, treat everyone and oneself as an unique individual.. we still decide to label ourselves over things that are nonessential and, when our individual egos are under pressure, we are quick to dismiss others and label them. Because it’s easy to label.

The reasons as to why we resort to labels depends from person to person. Either to protect our own egos, to attack or because of our biases. Plus, it’s easier to communicate! Instead of revealing your personality, likes and dislikes, little by little and within the boundaries of your own vocabulary.. how about packing everything into a nifty worded label? Someone already did the job for you, to wrap part of your being into a word, in the dictionary.

 

But.. is it really worth it? Is it worth to carry the burden of calling yourself a [label]? Of introducing yourself by the use of a [label] or two? Can you handle the pressure of those who have gained a bias or dislike over your labels? Will you crumble and decide to fight back by talking down to those of the opposing tribes by insulting them with more labels? Will you ever reach your true potential as an individual?

Will you.. truly be happy? Or will you destroy the child within you as you walk the path?

 

If you ask an average person about what is the key to achieve true happiness, they’ll answer with a cliche that almost everyone knows it deep down. That, most of all, be yourself. Do the things you truly enjoy, be with those who know you for what you are and not for something you are not.

No one knows who you are except yourself. It’s a life journey that requires you to reflect on your own emotions, your own subconscious and thoughts. The way the world reacts to your presence, to your words, to your gestures and actions. To release the chains that society will try to impose on you in order to mold you into an ideal. To join the tribe, the nation, the religion, the cult, the tribe, the family.

Society will try to label you. As a child, you will swallow those labels and you will accept them, accept what society wants of you. Will society choke you, with all the chains they’ll wrap you up with? Like a riddle, will you find yourself beneath the darkness? And if you do indeed break some of those chains, will you learn nothing from the experience and repeat history against yourself and others?

 

It is more than obvious that we are social creatures and we live in society. We cannot excuse ourselves from society in general, from other people. We will repeat the same mistakes over and over and it will always be a never ending struggle.

However, there are plenty of ways to avoid most of those issues and mistakes. We cannot expect society to change according to our own flawed ideals. People will use labels, people will form tribes, people will eventually form cults. People will love and people will hate.

 

Obviously, being aware that humans have that quirk that they cannot avoid is a good way to be self conscious when we do it. We can become aware when others do it and, as such, avoid unnecessary pain and repression. After all, we don’t want to regress to a state of blind devotion to a cult like mentality, do we? Knowing when we are being dismissive to an opposing view given to preconceived biases and, thus, feeling no guilt over labeling someone as something hurtful; allow us to stop, reconsider our stance and make the necessary adjustments to avoid any form of bigotry and offence.

 

Examining ourselves will also allow us to reach our true selves. No one knows you better than you. And you want people to know you for what you truly are. There’s no better felling than being loved for what you actually are and not for what you aren’t. This is basic and common knowledge yet, regardless, we hold ourselves back all the time. This is not wrong by itself depending on the circumstances and the people around us but the goal should always be to not lose focus of your own self and not fall for the pressure of those who speak louder and with authority.

 

Of course, again, it’s important to note that we do live alongside other people. Basic etiquette should never be dismissed. We cannot expect the whole society to bow down to our own individual thoughts that may, or not, be controversial for the majority. Instead of being arrogant about our self perceived superior ideologies that we believe to have, it is perhaps more beneficial for ourselves and for society if we respect the opposing view. Or, if the topic really matters and both sides want to remain civil, have an honest yet polite discussion. Never demonizing, but acknowledging the differences and allow the other side to move on, an agree to disagree.

 

Avoiding to use labels to describe ourselves and others is also a good method to avoid conflict and further divisions. We will never know how a certain person feels about the [label]. When you use a label on yourself (specially if it represents a very small group of individuals), you are allowing others to create an image of you that may very well be incorrect. Or, also just as worse, you are allowing others to use you as an example for future encounters with anyone that shares the same label. And not everyone is able to look beyond the labels and the stereotypes, the bigotry that blinds them. When you label yourself and someone already has a few biases that affect their judgement, everything you say or do will be taken accordingly to their biases. Like a translator, their interpretation of your own words and actions may not be accurate to reality. Because they cannot look beyond the stereotypes and the biases. You’ve told the world that you are a [label]. The world will judge you has a [label], specially if you make your own public life and personality around the [label].

 

So it’s best to avoid the use of [labels], specially when you are introducing yourself to a person. With most people in society! Can you handle the pressure of being judged because of the label that you carry on your chest at all times? You lose your individually and you become “that one [label]”.

Labeling others is also not beneficial. It matters not how much they appear to act, present themselves or even the words they use seem alike to those of whatever [label]. When you label someone, you can no longer see them as the way they truly are. And people aren’t blind. If they feel they are being judged wrongly by you, they will avoid you. Or, worst case scenario, they will judge you back and just as harshly. Plus more divisions occur. Is that what you wish? To humiliate and to be humiliated in return? Not everyone will stay quiet when they are constant targets of wrong accusations over things they are not guilty of.

 


 

Anyway.. I’m quite sure that I’m rambling at this point over things that most people are already aware of. And quite an unorganized ramble this was!

 

Yet here we are. Walking back to previous times. Society is fracturing more and more. No one wants to listen to the other side. No one wants to respect the other side. Demonizing the other side is acceptable. Violence is becoming acceptable in some cases, over petty disagreements. Sensationalism, virtue signaling, bigotry on all sides (no exceptions). Labels being thrown around quite wrongly and names being tossed on the mud because someone said something that they shouldn’t or wasn’t understood. Over-sensitive, adults throwing tantrums, more division, more segregation. More labels, no debate, no arguments, no facts, no truth.

All of this.. because we want to be heard. We want to be loved. We want to be fulfilled. We want to save.. our own egos, to satisfy it, to feel safe. For others to tickle our ears with the things we want to hear and not the things that should be said. Because everything is offensive. Because everything is wrong. Because I’m a [label].. and you are a [label], thus less human.

 

The time to be honest, the time for civilized conversations and respectful debates.. is needed. But those times never existed on the full extent. There were no golden days of liberty and freedom of speech. But just different shades of ignorance, on every side of the spectrum.

The most important thing to remember is that no one believes that what they are doing.. is wrong. No one believes to be doing something bad. There are no bad people, just people who sometimes do bad things that they feel justified to and, ultimately, see it as good. And some of those bad things are written in history books and will be reminded by everyone.

As long as we know that, as long as we know that we are all humans who just want to be good people, honest to their true selves.. we will be able to respect them and to criticize their ideas without resorting to mockery, witch hunting or personal attacks. That has never worked in the long run..

 

But why? Why is there a need to explain the obvious? I believe everyone knows all of these things that I wrote within their own hearts. It’s common sense, there’s nothing new in what I’m saying. But again.. here we are. We are.. so dumb. Going back, instead of going forward. Times are changing again.

But hey, we have labels to make things easier for us! Just pick a [label], join a tribe (and, therefore, a cult), slap others with [labels] (virtue signaling) and everyone on your tribe will love you because you totally showed them! Oh you.. prolific snob you!

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