Shame and Bully People

One thing I dislike about people who discuss social justice and other such ideas is that they are merely trying to shame and bully people into having a singular idea regarding certain complex social concepts. This runs extremely contrary to how I think the world should run. It feels very socially and emotionally tyrannical.

When I was younger I flirted with, entertained, and/or briefly adopted almost every horrible idea that I can think of … communism, race realism, imperialism, nationalism, statism, fundamentalist Christianity, traditional parenting, feminism, eugenics, hell … even genocide. I feel like taking every idea seriously was a way for my to truly figure out what I believe and why I believe it. I don’t feel I would have ever come to a deep understanding about myself and ideas without taking all of these ideas extremely seriously.

When someone justifies shame peddling and bullying people into a singular way of thinking, what I kind of hear is “All of that thinking you did for yourself when you were younger was horrible. You should’ve never considered ideas we don’t like, and if another 10 year old comes around thinking out of the box, I will bully them.” Since I want to teach my children to think for themselves … the people who are big into “social justice” seem like they fundamentally oppose my children and their freedom to come to their own conclusions.

I welcome diversity of ideas. People can want all the government they want, they can advocate things that drastically oppose what I believe … All I desire is for them to let me live how I want to live, and they can live how they want to live. Bigotry is kind of offensive … but forcing other people to live by someone else’s moral standards is what is truly offensive to me.

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Aaron White, married to a swell girl, is a business owner and unschooling father of two, going on three. His hobbies are music and poker. He resides in Southern California.

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H Rearden
16 days ago

I agree. Good article. So called canel culture is something I oppose. Particularly when people want to cancel someone who has long been dead and did not have access to the information we to today. I see no point in rebuking a person who passed away before the internet was around and who may have used it had it existed in their day to gather information that may have changed their thinking on some things. I also don’t see the point in rebuking someone from the recent past who was indoctrinated into think a certain way or hold beliefs that… Read more »