once upon a time our differences were fun and funny. reclaiming this state of the world and seeking commonality is how we restore our civilization.
this may come as a shock to younger readers, but there was a time when jokes about race and gender and sexuality were considered funny. you could make them in public. you could make them with your friends. you could make them ABOUT your friends and about yourself. because it was fun. differences are fun. and laughter is universal. that about which we can share a laugh ceases to be divisive and instead becomes a bridge. it was a better time.
allowing the thieves of joy to take from us our laughter and mire us instead in prickly identity squabbles and instant-on offense taking over the most fabricated and over-sensitized pretext is not “tolerance” or “respect” or “alliance.” it is the literal antithesis of both society and civilization. and it is long past time we reclaimed both from these vibrating balls of endless agitation whose relentless hectoring has hamstrung the notion of the open and civil society they allege themselves to champion as they grind the principles of such to dust beneath their interminable assaults.
i mean, step back for a second, stop being lost in the trees, and look at the forest this self-fulfilling prophesy of structural aggrievement demands that one inhabit: it is an ugly place full of unproductive, negative-sum conflict that advances no one save the merchants of mistrust seeking to divide you that you might be conquered and to drive you to dependence and alienation that you might become not only unable to live without their “leadership”, but grateful to them for doing this to you. this is not the way. if we would retake our society, we must reclaim not just our self-sufficiency, but also our sense of fun. you might be surprised how much the latter affects the former.
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