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So What's Wrong With The Present- Day Social Justice Warriors?

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I've been having a difficult time putting words to my irritation with the young Social Justice Warriors who hound the social media outlets today. Not the least of my difficulties comes from the fact that I agree with their goals, a more egalitarian society with equal access to opportunities.

They seem to be "woke" to so many social injustices and fail to see they are privileged to be living on the corpse of the dead culture they want to change.

They who manage to free themselves from the blinding grip of ideological possession long enough to have an independent thought will recognize that the culture they abhor gave them birth, the sustenance, and the education, i.e., the means to change it.

They were not born "woke." They arrived here from some starting place. Some further back from others. Some darker than others. Some almost inescapable. But all from some starting place that nurtured them even though the people there knew their time was up and a better society was in order.

The older folks may not have known it consciously, but they knew it in their DNA. Because this is the history of humanity. At any given moment existing cultures are dead. They are the past telling the present not to change a thing. But the young always respond by saying, "uh uh, we can make it better." And thank goodness they do!

I know the young rarely learn from an older person's experiences and that's what keeps us going forward. Thank goodness again. But the failure to acknowledge the good with the bad of the past is tantamount to committing the same errors.

It may come as a surprise, but the existing (read "old dead culture") was new once upon a time. And the SJW's of the past spent as much energy and effort to change the old into the new as the new SJW's are doing today.

You see, it's in the best interests of the new SJW's to honor the spirit of the dead corpse they live on, even if they're repulsed by its apparent ignorance. Because what may appear as ignorance today, was the spirit that sustained those old SJW's to make the changes that allow the young to exercise their commitment to change today.

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Robert, it probably wasn't your intention, but your essay tickled me. Some kid musta gotten under your skin recently; I caught a bit of curmudgeon in your words. And hey! That's no criticism; I relate.

I am probably older than you are. I adore my granddaughter and admire her mind and her talents. But her arrogant, argumentative attitude bugs the crap out of me, as does the attitude of a lot of young people these days. Rude might be a good blanket adjective. (And the tattoos!)

And then I look back in time. "Hey, Mr. Businessman. Stop and smell the roses." I was going Back to the Earth. Standing on anti war principles, I married young (and brainless) to keep my boyfriend from the draft. I'm still anti-war; some things don't change.

My Dad was a barber, and Oh, the arguments (fights) with my younger brother, as Beatlemania and Long Hair became the anti-establishment emblem.

The point is that it took many years of real life before I realized that I had been (and still am) standing on the shoulders of loving, generous and ever-principled giants. I miss them dearly.

I don't know if humanity is on a somewhat linear trajectory or if we are simply running eternally in circles. I read once that Socrates fretted over the state of the youth in his day. I hope I get to find some answers one day. In the meantime, I can just enjoy imagining the day that all these taut and artful tattoos morph into oddities and fall into the wrinkles. :)

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Janet, it's so loving and heartening to read your comments. It makes me enjoy being 91

this Feb 21 past. May your love and your maundering continue (forever)! Grazi multo,

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Thank you for responding to Janet's comments. I hope that means you read the article and if you did, thank you for that too.

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Thank you for gracing my comments with yours. Sometimes we have the right to be curmudgeonl.

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Be it and enjoy it! I'm with you and I hope it came across in my comment.

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"I know the young rarely learn from an older person's experiences and that's what keeps us going forward."

I'm not sure what you're basing that observation on. Apart from the fact that we all learn something from our childhood guardians (parents or other adults), almost every basic skill is learned from another, usually older, person. That provides the platform from which we can (but don't necessarily) reach and develop further.

I'm pretty sure that most of the mistakes I've made were against the advice of one or more older people. I still managed to go forward, but it wasn't because I ignored the advice. :-) Learning from others mistakes is a time-honoured way to reduce the number we make ourselves, isn't it? It should also make us less insufferable, which I agree is a more noticeable characteristic of activists in recent years.

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Thanks for your response. My reference to not learning is contained in your statement and I quote you, "'I'm pretty sure that most of the mistakes I've made were against the advice of one or more older people."

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I thought the "keeps us going forward" bit implied that progress requires not learning from older people's experience.

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To me it means knowing what other people have done, ignoring it and doing something different. Then after action and reflection saying, "ok, they told me this wouldn't work and I did it anyway. My bad." This has been true in my life and I've seen it in my grown children and, even now, my grand children.

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