Jan. 8th, 2010

People lie

Jan. 8th, 2010 07:01 pm
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Okay, a somewhat downbeat post for what has generally been an upbeat week.

People lie.

I read a comment a while back that basically stated "the big problem with a lot of the Left is that they assume the Right are sincere, good people just with different beliefs to me". The fact is, a lot of them don't, and this is true for a lot of ideologies and movements and organisations.

And that can be hard to accept in a big, deep, true way.

Which is why a lot of the time you'll hear people say "Oh I'm sure there's something else going on that they just haven't publicised" or "There must be more to the story."

It also ties into privilege, because if someone's saying "I'm sure the Police have reasonable grounds for this" they are very likely white and middle class, and if someone's saying "I'm sure the protesters really just think they're doing the right thing" they are very likely a man who will never have to even think about walking a gauntlet of abuse to get a cervical smear.

Sometimes? The Police do just arrest people for no lawful reason.
Sometimes? Prolifers really do just not give a shit about anything beyond forcing their will on women.
Sometimes? The Right do just want to pillage our economy on behalf of their mates.

Sometimes there is no more to the story, there are no mitigating factors, there is just a wrong being done, and being done deliberately and knowingly.

And the people who are actually doing things because they believe in them cannot progress until they really know it in their bones and figure out how to take the gloves off without compromising their ethics.

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