On political Activism, Shawn Smith, Ottawa

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On political Activism, Shawn Smith, Ottawa

By S N Smith — August 15, 2018
Political activism has the tendency to turn a person into a total jerk. One’s humanity becomes stripped away in the quest to score political points, win arguments and uphold a particular ideology or worldview. People no longer see others as human-beings, but rather nothing more than either a potential ally or opponent.
In addition, the world is seen as either black or white with very few shades of gray.
The desire to dominate others and defeat them in arguments takes precedence over the desire to discover the truth and promote real justice, because what is true and what is untrue is determined by ideology, as well as one’s personal feelings, and not actual facts.
If something or someone does not subscribe to a particular ideology or worldview then they are no longer looked upon as being human, and thus do not deserve to be treated as such. Instead, their humanity is stripped away and they become persona non-grata — in essence a non person.
People shout at one another across political and ideological divides and when doing so they hurl insults and other forms of abuse at one another. A person’s feelings are rarely brought into consideration, but rather a desire to wound takes over. Anger and bitterness increases to the point one no longer feels settled in their heart.
When participating in political activism, there is a continual state of inward agitation. Social media makes this even worse, because the conversation takes place with a screen and not a real human being with feelings, thus almost anything goes. And that anything can become very nasty.
In my own personal life, I feel inwardly ill and totally fed up as I feel I have lost the meaning of what it means to be human. As a result, I am currently experiencing total emptiness.
I suspect many others feel the same way.
In the quest to make a better world, I am afraid we may have ended up making things worse, for we no longer know how to treat one another with common decency. In fact, we look upon treating people in such a manner as a sign of weakness.  Which makes me ask the question, what kind of world do we actually want?
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