We live in a sea of conformity and signaling. We are drowning in it, and, to some degree, this is okay. We are a social species, and we need to accept that the social nature of the species expresses itself in this way. I am on the far side of the spectrum that feels moderately comfortable being unacceptable, but I am an aberration. Even in myself, I feel the same social impulses everyone feels.
What has happened with tech companies over the last several years have really challenged certain perceptions I have held on government, private businesses, and markets.
I am highly critical of the vaccine rollouts on both ends.
I think modern parenting is often too focused on avoiding conflict and managing the emotions of children. I am working to set certain cultural trends away from this in my family.
“Unity” is usually a message to merely shut you up and to get you to go along with bullshit. It is a message of social intimidation. Once a person and/or their values can be justified in defining the group, they perpetuate their power by telling everyone that unity is doing what authority wants. It is perpetuated by those with power and dim people looking to merely get along, and is used to otherize dissent. It is used to make people look at dissenters as disunifiers and for people to make them outcasts.
Bullying is a strategy that results from certain psychological incentives and coercive institutions. There is a reason it is highly prevalent in coercive atmospheres (school, prison), but very rare in freely associated atmospheres (business).
Most discussions of racism and abuse from police is often more about signaling rather than addressing anything useful.
I find it irritating how few people discuss political divorce. Do you think these Trump supporters are just going to go away? Do you think these intersectional socialists are just going to find Jesus or something? They aren’t. No government you want is really possible with these people who want something so radically different from you.
You probably should generally remove the word “need” from your vocabulary. The term is an emotional trump word that makes it so people don’t critically examine a subtle weighing of values.
One of the reasons I believe that critical race theory is so divisive and unsustainable is that it requires the majority of the population to actively advocate against the interests of their own children and family.