Sunday, July 10, 2016

You Are Not Oppressed

You are not oppressed.

I've heard the woe-in-me narratives. I've read the histories. Tumblrinas and other grievance-mongers whine about their oppression, yet they do so while making use of technologies and infrastructure that they could build and maintain to earn a living and contribute to the well-being of the country, and only running afoul of them law when being seen doing so in the presence of Law Enforcement.

You are not oppressed.

Poor present conditions are not oppression. Those conditions can be fixed, but that requires effort and sacrifice on their part which is why it does not happen; the cost for making that change is one they dislike more than their disapproval of said conditions, so they blame someone else for what is within their power to control and get indignant when called on their dishonesty. Likewise, they can move from those conditions, but far too often the source of those conditions--the beliefs that create them--go with them and thus only spread the issue in time. That's on them.

You are not oppressed.

They live in the West. Things are messy. Things are complicated. Things are not amenable to easy solutions that sell well but work terribly. Yet it remains possible to thrive here, but no one will do it for them. It's on them to learn how the systems work, both theory and practice. It's on them to make the connections required to get things done. It's on them to learn the skills and master the knowledge required to find good-paying work, build a business from nothing, gain the levers of power, or do whatever else one can do in the West. Difficult, tedious, boring, and fraught with risk- but possible.

You are not oppressed.

The real warden for this farce of a prison they claim that they're in is the one in the mirror. But they don't want to take on that warden, as they know the truth, but would rather live as they are now rather than pay the cost to get the changes that they say that they want--and thus put an end to the conditions they claim to exist--and that, right there, tells you all you need to know about what this really is.

You are not oppressed.

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