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Good afternoon. If you stumbled upon this post and do not know what the topic is about.. then do not blame yourself. It’s going to be about politics. And yes, what you have heard in the background, after reading such, was not actual lightning. You are safe here. And I also understand if you have already closed the tab (thank you for the view though).
Obligatory jest aside, I have not talked about such topics for a long time. Months in fact, even on social media. The reason is quite simple, no one is interested in what a single individual has to say on the matter either way and my time is better wasted on something that people actually want to hear and interact with. It is also known that, as time continues to pass, a new western culture continues to develop, one that I do not relate to.
Like two children arguing over who gets to wield a piece of linen cloth, the fabrics continue to rip apart as both argue and pull it to their respective side. The cloth, slowly being teared apart, leaving few strings connecting both sides. Stranded, lost and broken from all the other weaved pieces of the same cloth. So is society today and politics, both the left and the right beginning to adopt more radical views and mindsets each day. None offering what I personally deem to be sensible. Yet both have something in common, they have become authoritarian in their nature.
Politics has always been dirty, filled with hypocrites. Though it is true that every single human being is an hypocrite.. Politics does bring the worst of humanity. I have seen, I have listened. I have been disappointed, I have learned. Though I maintain most of my values currently, I have also considered both side’s viewpoints. Discussion is important, though I have seen that less people are inclined to do so and would rather live in their antechambers. It is, unfortunately, too late for discussion given that those won’t have any major impact in society as we know it. Even if a few change perspectives, it won’t make a significant difference to the general population.
In western culture, the left has too much power over their people. With culture, like sheep, the masses have changed their mindset with time. A mindset that I personally find horrendous. Celebrities, people of influence, art, entertainment, education.. they mold the mind of those who allow themselves to listen and believe. No critical thought, despite the claim of such. Tribalism, a trait that humans sadly fall into sooner or later. A trait that I wish we did not had, for it blinds us willingly. Tribe against tribe, ironically losing our humanity in the process. Tribalism is a direct attack to one’s individuality. The moment you have decided to stop listening to opposing views.. is the moment that you have lost. And humanity is losing.
Individuality, liberty. Those values are under attack.
Along the years, I have noticed that the people I talk to have become more radicalized. Their views have changed to their respective side more and more. Extremism, totalitarianism. I’ve seen people, who once had a rather neutral and a middle political position, say things that I find appalling. Outright cruel.. outright wrong. Though I do not mind people to have their own opinions (even if those do go against reality and imperial date itself), I do find it distasteful that many of those have became loud, vocal and rude. Slang has been said, the seeds for hatred and bigotry. Given the nature of one’s tribe, one has dehumanized everyone outside of said tribe.
On one side, you have the (ironically) destructive hypersensitive bigots. On the other end, a cold rusty ignorant machine. It almost sounds like a novel, as life imitates art. Yet no side is fully right. Yet both sides do hold a few fair criticisms. There is some merit to their delusions, raising the question to some of the problems that we actually never thought to ever exist. They do exist, perhaps not to the full degree as much would claim to be. Exaggeration, the culture behind outrage and shouting as loud as one can across cyberspace.
In these last few years, as I’ve maintained some of those values, I too have noticed that I was wrong and dismissive to some of the fair points that have been pointed out time and time again. There is a culture of oppression, people are oppressed based on labels imposed to them by others. Though it is obvious that such exist, it is important to note that such oppression to groups of individuals is perpetuated only by people who prefer to see the world as a set of boxes and labels. They cannot see or understand that individuals should be responsible for their individual actions. They feel offended on behalf of an entire group of individuals. They attack every individual that appear to be of a certain label. Oppression only exists in the mind of those who cannot see other humans as equals. Of those who see groups of people.. rather than individuals.
Unfortunately, the great majority are blinded by such labels. The majority can only see boxes of people.. rather than individuals. Which is why oppression exists for those who are a minority in one’s society. But to conclude that everyone has prejudice towards other individuals based on such labels is ludicrous, a lie fabricated by people who project their own insecurities onto others. Those who have become aware of their own bigotry and assume everyone is just as bigoted as them. No, not everyone is a bigot.. but many are.
As such, I refuse the left. I adore my individuality and I prefer to be in the company of others who see it the same way as me. Which, by itself, is a soft form of tribalism, though one that I consider a lesser evil given our natural human condition to fall into such dogmas either way. However, I do not shun those who think differently than me. My only desire is for those on the left to do the same to me. Much like religion, as long as we avoid the topics that we disagree, we’ll get along. Or, if talked upon, to do so with respect from one another.
To the growing right, a monster being revived once again out of fear of the left. To fight fire with fire, leaving the world ablaze. While I understand some of those fears, I have also noticed a growing culture that has dedicated to populism and the rule of the many under a certain label. Either it be a flag, a skin color.. much like the left. While the left, in their bigotry, at least desire to protect the interests of those who fall into a minority in society (which by itself is not wrong, if it were not for the methods and their condescending attitude to those who fall onto such categories, thus a different form of the same issue), the right seeks to discriminate those who fall upon labels that they disagree with. While the left patronizes, the right conserves and dismisses exceptions to their rules.
I have seen those who, with time, became more right leaning, outright shout discriminatory slang to individuals who did nothing to them. They do so because they have grown tired of the left. Yet their “all-or-nothing” logic is, to say the least, troublesome. Even though they claim to have certain statistics and evidence, they advocate for “normality”. Anything that deviates from such “normality” is abnormal or, as I’ve heard from some of those individuals, a “degeneracy”. Why? Because they too have denied reality and desire to go back to a world that wasn’t as good as they might think. They too, as irrationals, seek to perpetuate a culture that discriminates others based on differences.. even though those exist. They claim to be the ones that are “red-pilled”, yet they too live an illusion. An illusion on which exceptions to the rules, that they have imposed, do not exist. And those exceptions, those individuals, are to be oppressed in order to maintain the perfect utopia of bad ideas from ever changing.
While I understand that some individuals, those who fall into such minority based labels, are vocal and loud left leaning people.. that does not mean that every individual from one label or another has any part of such nonsense and shares the same ideals as those who cry for social justice. The fact that those individuals believe such and that, has a consequence, they have opted out everyone that falls into such petty labels by misfortune from being part of your fabled utopia.. it makes them just as awful as those extreme individuals on the other side of the political spectrum.
To those, I will not shun them. However, there are things that are not a matter of opinion. If the individual cannot respect me, then I do not wish for such individual to be anywhere close to me. At least some individuals, on the left, in their bigotry, can prove useful. An individual, on the other end of the political spectrum, with their bigotry, are a nuisance to me personally. Would you rather prefer to be with someone condescending who still, in their misguided ignorance, provide you with something (regardless of motivations).. or would you rather be with someone who thinks you are a “degenerate”? I rest my case..
In such political climate, I have came to the conclusion a few months ago to make it clear that it is not my best desire to talk about politics. Sometimes I’ll do, just like I am doing now. But definitely not as much as I used to. And the reason is simple. To preserve. To live and fight another day. Censorship has become an issue nowadays and, given that, with a twist of irony, not being extreme is the new extreme, I would rather keep my “extreme” points of view to myself.
I live in a world on which I cannot identify with nowadays. I’d rather focus on my own personal issues, to heal myself. Such is the live of an individual, to look out for my own interests first. You cannot say that I haven’t tried at least something. But my voice is meaningless and it won’t aid, at least not on this political war. So I choose to remain mostly silent on those regards. To care for myself and those that I truly enjoy their company. I do not care for nation, for culture. I have lost hope for my own culture and nation. Do not be surprised if, someday, by a miracle, I decide to migrate elsewhere and avoid the inevitable.
Thank you for reading and I hope you have a good week~
I will get back to the usual topics of late, topics that I can actually help others with without major controversy. Plus, I do also desire to talk about aspects that are mostly enjoyable too! With time I shall.. all I need is to do one last exam and we’ll see if the results will reveal the hope that I just need at the moment.