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  • AITA for feeling torn between justice for mistreated people, a desire for diversity, but also a dislike for spiritism of any sort albeit Abrahamic or otherwise?

    I mean, since you posed the question like that, I respond in kind: yes, YTA.

    You’re welcome to disagree with religion. You’re welcome to dislike spirituality. That’s fine and cool and reasonable.

    What you should not do is look at an injustice perpetrated on a group of people and think “well, I disagree with those people’s beliefs, and therefore I don’t care if they suffer injustice”. People you disagree with deserve justice. Stupid people deserve justice. Bad people deserve justice. Just treatment is not a privilege you earn by having the right beliefs and views.

    Really, justice is as much a duty as it is a right. If you hold power, you have a duty to use that power in a just fashion, to treat others justly, to oppose injustice as it occurs, and to do recompense for past injustice you have done to others. It shouldn’t matter whether the victim of injustice is a sinner or a saint. It is your duty to treat them justly either way.

    And when it comes to restoring land to Native American tribes, it doesn’t matter if members of those tribes are good people or bad people, rationalists or superstitious, saints or sinners - it matters that their ancestors were victims of injustice at the hands of the United States government, and we the people have a duty to right that injustice.

    So you can hold those beliefs simultaneously: a dislike for spirituality and a desire for justice for mistreated people. But if you are torn by those two beliefs - if you believe a particular group of mistreated people is less worthy of justice because you disagree with their spiritual beliefs - I think your dislike for spirituality is becoming prejudice against spiritual people, and that’s not good at all.



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    How naive. True change doesn’t come from offending moderates - true change comes from making moderates comfortable, so they feel secure and confident that the change you won’t harm them. Any protest that makes people uncomfortable about society or their own actions is counterproductive and just makes things worse.

    Take Colin Kaepernick. Taking a knee during the national anthem before a football game was exactly the wrong way to protest racism, because it angered people who loved football and loved America, who should have been his natural allies. What Colin should have done was been even more patriotic and sung the anthem even louder, to express how much he loved America and how he wanted to see it become better. That would have inspired people who supported his cause, without offending people who disagreed with him, and there would have been no controversy.

    That’s the way white moderates want to see people protest. Being conformist and forgettable is how we make change.

    Am I still being too subtle?














  • Libraries have free books. That takes profit from Amazon.

    Libraries have free Internet. That takes profit from ISPs.

    Libraries have free research tools and expert guidance from librarians. That takes profit from all sorts of companies that profit off your ignorance.

    And worst of all, that stuff is all publicly funded, so when you look at a library you see government helping people. And there’s nothing conservatives hate more than government that helps people.



  • If it helps, don’t think of it as dying early. Think of it as dying at a normal time. It’s earlier generations of Westerners that lived abnormally long lives. They lived in the “sweet spot” when childhood diseases had been defeated by vaccines and we hadn’t yet poisoned the environment with forever chemicals and microplastics, and benefited from the colonial wealth extracted from the rest of the world to give most of their white elders the best possible medical care in their last years - medical care the average person can no longer access or afford.

    Simple fact: the 80-year life expectancies the last few generations enjoyed had never been seen before in human history and will never be seen again.