Gaining self-awareness sounds transcendent and amazing to the common individual. However, if you’re not aware of what’s happened this can swiftly lead to isolation and insanity. I experienced this happening on January 18th of 2019 around the time of the Covington Kids fiasco. I was on Twitter when the story broke and couldn’t believe people were so willingly oblivious to any of the evidence that showed the kids in any innocent light. I watched as rational personalities pleaded and sought to reason with these people who had obviously gone completely insane with Trump Derangement Syndrome. It was the first time I truly recognized the severity of our civil discourse and I was disgusted with the entire situation. I was even more troubled that just a couple of years prior I was progressive and a Hillary supporter. It was at that moment I completely admonished everything about the left and decisively embraced being Conservative and a wave of energy washed over me. I had been fighting this notion throughout 2018 since it felt like putting on dirty clothes when I first listened to conservative beliefs for the first time in October 2017. I hated what I witnessed and the left suddenly seemed like irrational evil demons and something woke up inside of me. My mind shifted and I suddenly had this sense of familiarity as well as purpose, it was as if a significant part of me that was lost previously suddenly returned to me. It was a sense of regaining authenticity after 20 years of burying it, everything instantly changed after that which can be very disorienting.
Suddenly everything in my life was different and everyone seemed to be mindless automatons (The NPC meme made WAAY more sense. HA!) that react to emotional triggers instead of rational human beings. I could predict what people would say, how they would react, and see through people minds and understand their motivations and actions. However, no one could understand my new perspective which seemed to offend everyone. What’s worse is that my friends and family members all started to have an extremely hostile attitude to my views and my ability to assertively articulate them. My friends and I would have huge blowouts while discussing culture or politics. They’d then our friendship and vow to never speak to me again for not relenting to their impassioned arguments and for being so ‘hateful’. Only for them to wake up the next day, forget the dispute ever happened, and then proceed to start the very same debate again. For the first couple of weeks, I thought I had died somehow and was trapped in some sort of purgatory (I never watched Lost, but heard about the ‘twist’). It took about a month for me to leave my room and start interacting with the herd again.
The next batch of ‘weirdness’ developed a few weeks later with that so-called ‘Gillette’ ad. Not only was the ad offensive, but it also seemed to be orchestrated to elicit two very distinct responses. Those who watched it with some logic and rationale understood how the ad was tone-deaf and offensive to men. The herd pack who ‘reacted’ to the touching music and empowering slogan of ‘Be Better’ were upset and offended at the individuals who didn’t think the same way. Those in the latter camp took the message literally and attacked those who didn’t agree. “You’re part of the problem!” was reverberated all around social media to anyone who dared to voice any dissent. The fact that it was a Radical Feminist named Kim Gehrig who directed the ad seemed to be lost on them. Even I was accused of misogyny and enforcing white supremacy while attempting to explain to my friends why people were upset, which is beyond satire due to me a homosexual black man from Detroit. This method of debate is really pathetic, intellectually lazy, and emotionally weak on every level. However, calling out their mental inadequacies and creepy groupthink infuriates them as they’re devoid of any inner personal dialogue and can’t dispute the claim and that’s always entertaining. When they eventually start Reeeee-ing because they’ve hit their mental limit, just point out that they aren’t being very stunning and brave and watch their reaction for that extra cherry on top.