I confess to being terribly confused.
Confused about what, says you?
Well, just about everything, I reply.
Take for example racism. If I say I am not racist then somehow that indicates that I am racist. The very fact that I am of Caucasian descent apparently makes me racist, though I don’t know how. Is it that fact that I say Caucasian? Is it the fact that I am white? [I’m not actually – I’ll leave that to Albinos as I am a sort of gentle pinkish tan colour due to a somewhat diverse ancestry]. The only logic I can think of is that somehow I chose not to be black and am therefore claiming to be superior because I’m white?
Then there is the gender thing. I can’t say I’m male heterosexual because I then offend the dozens of other genders that have suddenly crawled out from under a rock. I am accused of denying all those other inherent genders which apparently lurk somewhere in the depths of my psyche and am therefore not only disrespectful to the alphabet soup of genders but also disrespectful to myself. Weird.
Politics is even worse. There used to be a simple Left, Right and Centre. Left meant a tendency up to and including being a card carrying Communist, whereas Right meant conservative and standing for old values. Centre just meant a bit of both or a bit of neither. Now it seems the whole thing is reversed in some obscure way that leaves me baffled. And then there is Alt-Left which I don’t understand. I have a key on my keyboard marked Alt. Is it something to do with that? I also have an Alt-Gr which is presumably another political grouping? Alternative Greens?
The very fact that so far this little brainfart has been all about me probably makes me an egotist and denying the rights of others to exist. I am not being inclusive enough and should include everyone in case they feel offended, disrespected and left out. Maybe I should have started off with a warning that the contents may be offensive to some and I should have provided a link to a “safe space”?
What the fuck is going on? How did we end up with this appalling mess? What happened to the old sane world where we had two genders, free speech and a simple respect for divergent views? Now it’s all hatred, name calling and demands for justice.
Is it any wonder I am confused?