On Friendship and Assumptions

So a long time follower unfollowed me and left this message:

http://jojothemodern.tumblr.com/post/55432000718/open-letter-to-white-people-this-is-not-the-time

Which might sound like the natural reaction of a deeply hurt liberal, except . . . it’s got nothing to do with me. Literally. Way to make assumptions, JoJo. I said three things this morning and one RT. In order:

RT: Not just the #NSA–> WTF. #US federal judge just gave Chevron oil access to the private emails of Amazon activists | http://www.juancole.com/2013/07/chilling-activists-private.html …

Item one: What have we learned, folks? Is money important? #life

Item two: So, the FL woman left the house, got a gun, and came back, which was no longer “standing her ground”: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-57434757-504083/fla-woman-marissa-alexander-gets-20-years-for-warning-shot-did-she-stand-her-ground/ … #politics

Item three: Not to say FL doesn’t have racists, just that there might actually be a substantial legal difference between the cases. #politics

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That’s not coy, nor is it “pretending” to be anything. My point in item one was just that 90% of people that I meet seriously downplay or underestimate how important money is to life. It is a sober statement about the world we live in. It’s also a direct response to the CHEVRON case I RT’d right before it, instead of the Trayvon Martin case or anything else. Clearly Chevron’s great money bought them the legal counsel needed to win access to the email accounts of the activists against them.

Still, it doesn’t appear the inconvenient facts will stop JoJo from following her narrative of wanting everyone to believe as she believes, and feel as she feels, or else be labeled a “bad person.”

We are all alike, and we are all different. Narratives are the simplifications we put on reality to give us something cohesive to believe in. Yet for all their utility, narratives are not real – they require staggering, unjustified assumptions about people we have not met. It’s truly sad when narratives are allowed to overwrite real people.

If you have no room for your friends in your beliefs, isn’t it time you questioned your beliefs instead of ditching your friends?

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Published in: on July 14, 2013 at 7:07 PM  Comments (1)  
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On social justice allies

I had these thoughts a while back, but I had yet to condense them succinctly. It’s only appropriate that I quote myself from Twitter:
Mori:

So here’s the thing with those claiming allies aren’t wanted in their social project: either you have power to change society, or you DON’T.
Mori:

If you have the power all by yourself, you aren’t a powerless minority; you’re the elite. If you don’t, then you NEED HELP to do it.
That is reality, and any rejection of that is feeding your ego at the expense of your cause. Pick which one is more important. #society
Published in: on July 8, 2013 at 7:01 PM  Leave a Comment  
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Fiction Supreme

I read a very sad story today. A young man died following an accident, because he refused the blood he needed to survive . . .

I hardly know what to say about this. One’s initial reaction is to seek a remedy, to prevent lives being wasted like this ever again. But we can’t police everyone, or everything. Perhaps we should congratulate ourselves for having a society that allows us to die, so long as we claim it’s what our god wants.

But this boy, Joshua McAuley, was just 15. He could not vote, or drink, or smoke or have sex. But he could die for a fiction. Should we allow children – no doubt infected with the lies of their parents – to die in this manner?

Wordsbyme

When it comes down to it, most of the concepts we are familiar with are fictions. This in no way diminishes our willingness to kill or be killed for them.

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