Anyone with anything resembling access to social media has probably noticed that for the past year their feed has been clogged with articles and memes about peoples’ feelings on the election. Perhaps you, dear reader, have even shared an article or meme that express your feelings on the election.
At this point I think everyone is kind of numb to these things. I know I am, even though I’ll admit I’ve been very into the Trump campaign. Usually I’ll just kind of chuckle and keep scrolling when I see someone post a “Donald Trump is a bad guy and really mean!” article, but today I decided to click on one…and got about three sentences into it before I saw all I needed to see from it.
The gist of it was that the author was a gay hispanic that had a black friend or something or other – a guy that checked off a lot of ‘victim’ boxes in his self identity. This guy knew some people who said they were going to vote for Trump and although these people weren’t explicitly stating that they had it out for this guy’s identity groups, it was implied that by voting for him they were basically slapping him (or whatever pronoun the author identifies with) in the face.
To be honest, I really don’t get cross by someone simply disagreeing with me. I’m a big enough person to be able to tolerate the fact that other people see the world differently. That’s not what’s the issue here.
Here’s what gets me though – the fact that there are more than a few people with the mentality that other people should take into consideration their group/identity interests over my own.
So let’s say I’ve decided that I feel my bread is better buttered in a Trump administration over a Hillary Clinton administration…and I came to that conclusion by taking into consideration my experiences, world view, etc…. Why in the fuck would someone expect me to abandon this decision because THEY *feel* like it will be bad for THEM
I completely understand making your case as to why you don’t like a certain candidate. I also understand that if you feel I’m inconsistent/incorrect in my thinking and want to point that out. I just don’t how someone can come up with “my feelings should be more important to you than whatever internal process went in to you coming up with that conclusion geared towards your own interests”.
To be fair I think a lot of these kind of virtue signaling articles are little more than masturbation for the author and like-minded readers. No one had their mind changed by that kind of thing.
Most media today, especially of this caliber seems to exist in an echo chamber. No one takes it seriously outside of like-minded readers. Deep down the authors probably know they’re writing for people who will agree with them and deep down the people sharing it on Facebook know that the only people who will acknowledge it are like-minded people and thus they’ll do so in order to boost their own social status within their peer group.
And again, even if people on the other side of the fence were reading with an open mind, no one would be convinced that they should drop their interests and adopt this other groups…unless they believe that their interests are furthered by adopting others in the way of the social credit that comes with it. For example, you’re going to go further socially by saying “black lives matter!” as a white guy than you would saying “end white genocide” or whatever.
Even though I think a lot of these people know they’re spitting into the wind, I think there is an element of self-belief that these people have in their “work”. I really think that if Trump wins a lot of these people will be flabbergasted on how this could happen when they’ve been “sounding the alarm” for so long.
I really think that sometime shortly before midnight on November 8, this particular segment of the country is going to be in for a very rude awakening… and I will be right here to laugh at their tears.