I think a lot of the differences in political or ideological beliefs come down to one thing: acknowledging and accepting that people have different experiences from your own.
Growing up, I was told if I got into African-American culture and history that I ‘trying to be black’. I was not trying to claim history and culture that wasn’t mine as a white woman of European descent. I like African-American culture such as music and literature, and I like learning about history because I know when I learn history that isn’t a reflection of mine, I become a more empathetic and compassionate person.
History is not there to make you comfortable nor does it mean you’re guilty of past sins and atrocities. No one is saying people in the present are guilty of people’s actions in the past except idiots who are just being ignorant jerks and trying to deflect from having to learn that the past is written primarily in pain and blood.
Growing up, I was also told I was gay if I got into gay culture and history. I don’t identify as LGBTQ+ but that doesn’t mean I can’t accept my LGBTQ+ brothers and sisters for who they are. There is NOTHING wrong with being LGBTQ+ and no, they’re not ‘groomers’ or ‘pedophiles’. The groomers and the pedophiles are those that abuse their positions of authority and privilege and use their hate and lack of conscience to hurt others.
Most people live in a bubble, so to speak. They do the same things and go to the same places for most of their lives. They live and work with people much like themselves and because of that, they don’t have the best understanding of the diversity of the world. Also, too many people buy into bullshit that people who are ‘different’ in some way from them are not worthy of the same respect and acceptance as they give their own little insular group.
It’s like saying that poverty is a moral failing, which is complete and utter fucking bullshit. Poverty is due to a lack of money, financial resources, and opportunities. It’s like telling someone without education and experience, or the financial means to acquire them to just get a better job. Poverty is when people don’t have generational wealth or privilege to build on or inherit. Yet rich people think their bullshit advice of just doing more will magically lift people out of poverty. How about stop being greedy blood-sucking bastards and pay people living wages and help them build wealth and get better educated?
And let’s talk about discrimination: hurts like hell doesn’t it when someone looks at you, or your name, or sees what gender you are and says ‘no’ to you without giving you a second thought or hearing you out. So to say that’s right or justified in some way is complete and utter fucking bullshit, especially if you say that because it hasn’t happened to you then it couldn’t have happened to someone else the way they described it, or worse, that they did something wrong when they didn’t. Discrimination and prejudice are baked into the human psyche by centuries of learned behavior and reinforcement by the shit-heads of this world. And if you can’t accept that, shut the fuck up and ask yourself why.
To me, the differences in our world are mostly because people are stupid, self-centered, and believe way too much bullshit. It’s because they’ve bought into the bullshit that because people are different, have different experiences, different cultures and histories that one group is better than another. Or worse, that one group wants to take over everyone else, especially poor people taking everything from rich people. Again, that is complete and utter fucking bullshit because poor people are just trying to survive and don’t have the luxury of thinking too far past that.
In the end, people need to shut up, listen, and accept people as they are. If someone is trying to set you up in an ‘us against them’ scenario, you need to call them out on their bullshit. And if you have a sense of entitlement, you need to get rid of that shit or people are going to keep calling you out on it. It’s not going to hurt you if you accept someone as they are, nor is it going to make you into something you’re not to begin with. Instead, it will broaden your knowledge, give you a greater sense of empathy and compassion, and make you a better person.
We’re all human beings, yes. But we’re all unique and different. If you want conformity, keep that fucking shit to yourself. But if you want to be a better human being and not live in shame, guilt, or fear from some bullshit authority-figure that honestly doesn’t care about you at all, open your mind and pull your head out of your ass. If more people do that, then shit will get done and things will get better.