History, Politics, Social Commentary, Socialist

Reality Bubbles

Pundits would say that Americans have entered into an unprecedented age of cruelty and barbarism. This thought might be true within the subjective lived experience of many, but not even close in the context of history. There seems to be a consensus among huge swaths of people that out groups/minorities are destroying society by draining resources that could be put to better use. Better use is implied to be helping those who are well off to begin with, but need to satiate their greed. The problem with this line of thinking is that data is available to refute this belief, if one is willing to look for it, and open to altering their belief system. Chances of this occurring seem unlikely because people seem fixated on their own perspective to the point that they fail to notice that the mirror cracks when the look into it.

Americans, those belonging to the majority, often complain about having to watch what they say when they are in the presence of a person who belongs to a marginalized group. They act as if minorities should endure taunts and insults and to develop a thick skin. Letting people get away with murder and then tell them that they can’t murder people anymore is going to create problems. The backlash against political correctness is conducted with the same fervor as those who the majority often victimizes. At this point, no one knows who the true victim is in social discourses. In a fantasy world history is irrelevant and everyone is treated fairly from the beginning, but reality tells a contradictory story.

Time-honored cultural norms tend to favor the majority view no matter how much cant fills discussions that are weighted against the minority. Marginalized people who voice dissenting opinions are derided as snowflakes and treated as infants which chokes off honest discussion. This well-worn script serves to reinforce the status quo where minorities are expected to know their place in a nostalgic America. Most of these conversations amount to talking past each other while not hearing anything at all except the voice in our heads. Cultural misinterpretations cause by a tendencious nature few are aware that they possess.

This situation is caused by those metaphorical bubbles that the media often say people live in. Bubbles created by our penchant to belong to a tribe and associate with those that look like us. Solving this cultural problem will require more effort than the usual wishes and prayers that people like to do, especially after a national tragedy. As anyone who bases their arguments in reason should have experienced, facts and figures are useless in changing minds because feelings matter more than anything. Basing opinions on feelings allows people to live in a land filled with fairytales and unicorns.

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