I keep reading things — not just books, but reactions to world events, or stuff about what people think will happen in the near future — and thinking there is a problem of scale.
And by a problem of scale, I don’t mean the stuff that forms inside your drains, though for all I know that too.
What I mean is that most of the world have not a clue about how big the world is, either geographically or culturally.
Blame it on the monkey brains. We were designed to know maybe 100 people, and to range over a few miles as our territory. We were not designed to take in something the size of the globe or cultures more different than those people there over the hill, who like to wear their kilt draped the wrong way.
That this is a particular problem of the globalists shouldn’t surprise us. After all, anyone who gets the brilliant idea they can somehow “change the world” or “lead the world” or anything of the kind, has to have a very funny idea of the world.
But what is almost unbearably funny is that the people who insist on “Diversity” by which they mean “different skin colors and identifiably different “cutesy habits” (different clothes/worship/food, that kind of thing) are the people who really have no idea of the scale of diversity in our world.
Take the transgendered youtube star who went to the United Arab Emirates to shop. Waits till the readers stop laughing. Yeah, that. You’d have to have a heart of stone not to roll on the floor laughing at her rather pathetic tweets. You see, she got detained at passport control and sent back after her significant other came to collect her. Tweets included the picture of Abu Dhabi with “what a beautiful city rendered ugly by intolerance.” AND “this just shows how much we need change.”
One wonders if this person ever figured out that being sent back with tail figuratively between her legs was better than either of the two alternatives available to gay and transgender people in observant Muslim countries. It seems to me — maybe I’m a sissy — that risking ending up hanging from a crane or thrown from the top of a building would be a really bad thing to do for great shopping. No?
And then there is “change”. I’m personally not sure what the heck she means by this, unless it’s fifty cents for the phone call to be rescued from the border guards.
What change does she think she can effect on a religion hundreds of years old? Does she think that if she lectures the Muslims they’ll see the error of their ways? I’d say I want a front line seat and popcorn, but I don’t really like seeing dismemberment Not Roman enough for THAT.
So, what the hell is “change” other than she thinks vaguely and fluffylly that if Americans and Canadians (she’s Canadian though I suspect she lives in the US) are even more accepting of transgender and gays this will make the rest of the world fall in line.
There are so many things wrong with this idea that I’d have to write books to show how wrong it is.
BUT let’s start with the fact that people in other countries have their own cultures, by which I don’t mean they have cute outfits and eat interesting things, but they have their own systems of thought, their own religion, they own systems of education and transmission of knowledge, going back many centuries. Sure they will take American gadgets and wear American clothes, but the hardware in the head is less flexible than that. And that’s where the real CULTURE and the real issues are. People will not change their minds because they’re lectured by Westerners, or told they’re terrible people. Nor should they, in most cases. Not because some aspects of non-Western culture aren’t absolutely bloody awful and are in fact holding them back, but because recent history seems to show you can break entire cultures. Push them too far too fast and they lose interest in living. Look at most of the western countries and their birth rates for what I mean. The fact that this affects Japan too definitely seems to show you can “break a culture.”
Change, real change, comes in response to living conditions/technology, and while it can be influenced by words/deeds (Christianity transformed the west) it takes a LONG time.
But the people who shriek about “diversity” all day long view the world as sort of their own backyard written large. The problem of scale is such, that not only do they not realize that other countries/places are different, they don’t realize that different subcultures in their own culture are different.
I remember a friend telling me that multi-culti was knocked out of his young skull when he got a job as a construction worker for the summer. Marxism too. He said if revolution came from the proletariat, the resulting society would view wife beating as a sort of little hobby, on the side, nothing bad, just a little indulgence on Saturday night. (Mind you this was not in the US. The US working class is by and large better than this.) And all those prejudices against other races/sexual orientations/etc? Yeah, the working class had no problems with those. Only a privileged twit like Marx could think that the working class all over the world wanted to unite. They tend to be rather more nationalistic than their “betters” after all. More all sorts of ists too. It’s what works at their level, and virtue signaling buys them nothing.
Some of my friends yesterday got in an argument with an uber feminist on FB and one of them expressed the desire she could be sent to live with Isis for a month, and then she’d stop talking about micro aggressions.
But it doesn’t need even that. Outside the very privileged top of society, feminism doesn’t get the traction it gets in the US ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD. Not even in England. In fact every other country in the world is far more “ist” than the US, because being “ist” (racist, sexist and homophobic[ist for completism]) is the way things are done. I find it mildly amusing whenever gay friends think that the US is worse than Europe “because of all the religious stuff.” Uh. No. The US is more tolerant than Europe because we’re richer and more vast and we can ignore that which annoys us more easily. In Europe they live in each other’s pockets on what is for us tight resources. They have no “give” and cohesion and conformity is enforced, which means if you stick out, you get it. Not publicly and certainly not if you’re a tourist, but if you live there among the people you’ll find you don’t need to hunt for microaggressions.
And before people from Europe say it isn’t so — you don’t know. Anymore than Americans do who’ve never lived there as locals. You don’t know how much LESS of the racism and sexism and homophobia there is in the US than in your area. Hint, what you see in our movies and read in our papers is the greatest bullshit around. Those PRACTICALLY don’t exist in the US, for any functional purpose. I mean, sure, people might think women are inferior, or might hate gays, but unlike the internet sites colonized by the alt.right (and how many of those are Russian agent accounts no one knows) people expressing such feelings (actual hostility not imaginary micro-aggressions) are likely to be laughed at or mocked. Not so in Europe.
And then there’s the more tan areas of Europe, and what we’ll term the first world minus a quarter.
I’m not ragging on my birthplace. It has some admirable qualities. But if you think that it is more tolerant or laid back than the US you haven’t lived there. Sexism is internalized at such a level people don’t see it. They give lip service to women having jobs, etc, but those women still have to be “good housewives” no matter what their job is. Men still get the choice seats in cars (be fair, they are so tiny most men have to sit up front to fit, but it has become internalized, too), men still take pride of place without a thoughts. No, not everywhere, not in every family. BUT at a cultural level, it exists at a point that feminists here would have a heart attack. Again no time to look for micro aggressions, you’re too busy working through the macro ones.
But here is the thing that these people forget: They’re not AGGRESSIONS. They’re just culture. When a man as a matter of course takes the best seat, he’s not making a comment on YOU. Hell, he’s not making a comment at all. He’s just doing something so deeply ingrained that he didn’t think about it. If you think that’s enough to make it so that you can’t succeed or that you need to run around saying you live in a patriarchal or male-supremacist society, let me tell you, cupcake, you wouldn’t have succeed anyway.
The fact that all my teachers expected boys to be better than I didn’t make it impossible for me to do better and rub their faces in the dirt. It just made it more amusing to do so. The same would have applied to jobs, I’m sure.
The way to deal with institutionalized discrimination is to disprove it. THAT is the way to change things, too. Overtime, if people of x group who is assumed to be lazy and stupid prove they are excellent and high achievers, the culture changes to accumulate the new fact.
Is it fair to have to work against expectation? Well, there you have me cupcake. It certainly ISN’T fair. You know what else isn’t fair? Being born mortal, in a body that starts falling apart at around 40. If you were expecting fair, you were born in the wrong world. In this world we don’t have fair or ideal. We have what works, and what doesn’t.
Working really hard to show prejudice is wrong WORKS. It takes a few generations and is unfair as hell to the people who do it, but overtime the culture changes. At least if it’s a healthy culture that doesn’t kill you just for being different.
What doesn’t work is whining about how men don’t get out of your way when you’re walking (what are you? The Roman emperor? I’m sure if you play chicken they WILL get out of the way, unless they too are in a novel-writing funk. Which is when I’ve walked into people, male and female both.)
And if you go around saying bullshit like we live in a white supremacist society, you’re just going to cause me to laugh till my head falls off. Because I’ve been in one white supremacist society and guess what they didn’t have: lawsuits for discrimination; set asides for minorities; etc. In fact their laws de facto discriminated against people based on their skin color.
Running into the occasional asshole (look, I tan, and younger son tans much more than I. If you think we don’t run into assholes on a regular basis you’re nuts) who thinks you’re inferior, or tells you to go back to Mexico/Africa/the desert, is not a supremacist society. It’s a DIVERSE society, where people are allowed to think any damn crazy thing they want to. Some people in a diverse society WILL be assholes. It’s not a crime, as such. And some assholes obsess on race, or sex, or sexual orientation. Don’t make no difference which or how. They’re just ASSHOLES.
The thing to do with assholes is not to embrace them to your chest as a precious that proves you can’t get ahead because everyone is against you. It’s to go “oh, asshole” and move on.
That is ultimately the point. Sure there are micro and macro aggressions in society. They exist for everyone, yes, including white males (because some are ugly, and some are poor, and some are overweight and none of them is perfect and someone will find a reason to pick on them too.) It’s part of living in the world and not in paradise.
The diversity you claim to love comes with the ability to be many different varieties of asshole.
Assholes don’t keep you from achieving your goals. They just annoy you. This is not the same thing. Yes, even if they’re employers or co-workers. They might make you have to (inconveniently) find another job, but in a free market society there’s always more than one company that makes the same thing.
If you find that you are tied up in a pool of hate, and can’t achieve anything, it’s not the society, cupcake. It’s you. Obsessing about how people discriminate against you for x or y has become your reason to live, a form of OCD that comes with the bonus of never having to admit you failed/didn’t try hard enough, and never having to make any effort to do anything.
You’re not living in a white supremacy or a patriarchy or any of the bullshit you’ve been telling yourself. (I can give you places to go to experience those, if you wish.) You’re living inside your head, and you’ve allowed it to become a really bad place.
I have a friend who is male and very short. He said for many years he obsessed on the few funny remarks people made about it, and spent time imagining other remarks that were never voice. And he was miserable, and couldn’t function.
I found the same as an immigrant. Yep, one of my jobs blatantly discriminated against me. Yep, other people probably thought things about me that made no sense. BUT I only started achieving when I stopped obsessing on what they might be thinking/saying behind my back and decided that biggoted or not, they were assholes, and the best course of action was to ignore them and do what I wanted to do.
Since then I haven’t found that discrimination impairs my life at all. My friend reports similar results.
Get out of your corner and stop collecting grievances. Embrace true diversity, which includes many, many kinds of assholes.
Free yourself, and then let’s worry about the real problem cultures. Like the ones where women, gays (and yes) other races and religions are at risk for their lives.
The rest is just stupid little games for silly little girls, even those who happen to be male.