I’d been reading so many articles on censorship & language policing, ideologically driven misinformation spreading, diversity driven affirmative action, and childish overreactions to the stupidest things that it’s actually made me lose enough of my cultural elitism to realize something about identity politics and the current political climate in the west.
Besides religion, it seems that white guilt and feminism, along with other collectivist ideals, are simply becoming masochistic delusions corroding at the ends of what are essentially pretty decent liberal values. In fact, if you look at them, you’d see that classical liberal values are the very ideals that created the foundation of the movements which solved the core problems these people are still winging on about.
And so began another crazy conspiracy…
Take any set of issues, real or imaginary, trivial or life threatening, and give them an over-simplified boogeyman to turn against (cis white male patriarchal society), and say that’s the cause, and so many people will attack it blindly, disregarding not only their first world wonderland complacency that allows them to do so, but also the developing cultures that don’t have this privilege which actually need help.
In short, they’re conspiracy theories, and I’d say that about any ideals that do this: MGTOW, Illuminati, brainwashing aliens. The closest thing I do believe in as far as wide spread influence goes is our own human nature ‘in reaction’ to money and power. However, in a broader sense, I think both the wealthy and social justice busy-bodies are created by an underlining human cause: egotism (unless you don’t think I’m being self-aware here, just look at the title of this post).
My issue, my stuff, my work. As an author and blogger, I can truly understand a desire to matter, and in the new world where everyone is trying to be good and useful to stand out, sometimes the best way to be noticed it to just be a bother, to be in the way and claim that by doing so they’re being useful when they clearly aren’t. It’s similar to the way Jesus Christ thought he was being useful for dying for a non-existent guilt quota created by his imaginary sky father.
That’s what I think motivates both the SJWs, MGTOW, conspiracy nuts and money hoarders to continue doing what they’re doing. They have convinced themselves, evidence to the contrary, that they’re being useful, when in reality, it’s really the attention they get from doing it is why they continue. In the end, it makes them feel like they matter in a world where no one really does, and although some of them are misguided in their attempts, as an insecure human being of the twenty-first century, can you really blame them? Yes… I think we can.