Looking Inward

Something people need to understand, and generally like to avoid noticing (for understandable reasons that I don’t doubt we’ve all experienced at some point or another), is that every subset of the population has its arseholes. Just the same however, every subset of the population has its nice, generous and respectful people, but I bring up the negative point first because when we attach ourselves to a population within a population (whether consciously or subconsciously, we’re still pretty tribal people after all) it can be difficult to scrutinize from within, and thus it can be difficult to come to terms with the fact that not everyone that agrees with you on certain issues is going to make you smile with every word that comes out of their mouth. I’m sure everyone who has ever had a conversation about politics with someone who thinks about it differently knows that there are points of contention between practically everyone, and if you dig deep enough you might just hit upon them.

It’s easy to be critical of the world outside your circles and your deeper understandings, but it pays to look inside yourself and the things you tend to see as homologous with your beliefs and goals with just as raised an eyebrow as you see the world outside your own personal sphere.

There are problems with every subset, there are issues that float around them because they are global issues that impact every society in the world today. Some problems are there because the population as a whole is experiencing the issue; it’s no wonder then that they bleed through into subsets who believe (and rightly so, for the most part) that they should know better.

And to let these subsets off the hook is a disservice to the problems you can find there. If there’s a problem, you can make it clear where your differences lie, and with the common ground you’ve already established within these circles, maybe you can work something out, maybe you can’t, but you don’t have to stay silent, not if these issues are important to you.

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