“Awareness about the treatment of others can make the world a better place and us better people, my personal motto is: quid melius or do more better”–Paul Ebeling
Wokeism is the state of an individual being so “self and socially aware“, that the they become oblivious to the issue, intention, or objective at hand. Preaching about the impacts of social media to an individual or society, over social media, is a prime example of Wokeism.
We all have marginalized thoughts, feelings, and desires. And have a history of managing unfair expectations and humiliations. An awake (woke) culture would be a pleasure for everyone to live in.
However, political left has entered Wokeism, a system of thought and behavior characterized by intolerance, policing the speech of others, and proving 1’s own superiority by denouncing others.
It is not hard to see how Wokeism benefits the intolerant. How ironic that the antiracist policies with disparate racial impacts proliferate because they benefit 1 racial group Blacks. Where in cultural practices with others bring on disparate effects because they benefit other identity groups.
Nietzsche said, “Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster.”
Power theory teaches that every system develops a subsystem that initially makes rules that are good for the system, and eventually, that governing subsystem makes rules that are good for itself only. Recall that George Orwell ended Animal Farm with the image of pigs imitating their human oppressors.
“The surest way to work up a crusade in favor of some good cause is to promise people they will have a chance of maltreating someone. To be able to destroy with good conscience, to be able to behave badly and call your bad behavior ‘righteous indignation’—this is the height of psychological luxury, the most delicious of moral treats.”– Aldous Huxley
Hate cannot stand up to analogized, contextualized empathy, which is why Critical Race Theorists organized their scholarship around storytelling.
Hate requires the obliteration of context.
This is well-known to trial lawyers. When juries decide whether to impose the death penalty, defense attorneys present evidence concerning their clients’ difficult childhoods.
Forensic psychologists know that the Key supports for violence, the ultimate form of hate are dehumanization and desensitization. Hatred is deflected when its objects are humanized, which is why Wokeism does not stand for the idea that everyone deserves sympathy and respect, that everyone is marginalized sometimes, and that no one is “more equal than others.”
Hatred is encouraged when those around us take expressions of hatred, like Wokeism’s humiliation of white people and men, in stride, desensitizing the group to the maltreatment of others.
Have a happy, healthy, prosperous weekend, Keep the Faith!