Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Casuistry artists and how to deal with their bullshit.

After posting my last article, I decided that I had just about enough of people saying one thing and doing the exact thing they're condemning. When trying to challenge ideas, it's extremely important not to come off as a hypocrite yourself. That way, the people you're looking to convince, don't dismiss you as a hypocrite. There are however select outspoken individuals with a following who fall into the category of casuistry artists. It's even to a point now where I'm afraid the hope of reforming morally objectionable practices will be defeated by the very people looking for progress in this matter.

There's been a very minuscule reaction and outrage towards Isaac calling Ahmed a sand nigger. Prominent individuals who are supposed to stand for rationality simply fell silent or worse, came to his defence. This is peculiar because when Maajid Nawaz was called a porch monkey, the amount of people who came to his defence was outstanding and amongst them were the very people who fell silent or defended Isaac. When outrage is at a disproportion due to affiliation with or bias towards a specific individual, that's a huge problem. People would hide behind the fact that intentions, when it comes to racial slurs, somehow matter. They really fucking don't. I'm sure some individuals in the not so distant past had no ill will towards other human beings they called niggers. The fact that this needs to be pointed out shows just how little anyone's learned in the grand scheme of things. Once and for all saying X person is a sand nigger seriously or in jest isn't clever, funny and it makes you galactically stupid.

So here I am, feeling rather isolated in my opinion, knowing full well that I'm right due to simple logic and reason. You can't defend one person and not defend another because he transplanted electronics into a case, called it a clock and received a lot of attention for it. That's being selective and it's wrong. So what do I decide to do? Turn to people who I deemed as rational individuals only to find that they're just as susceptible to casuistry as the rest.

Enter Eiynah, a prominent and accomplished individual who I happen to agree with on a lot of subjects. There was one, however, which I had an issue with. That was her liberal use of the word mansplaining. I calmly suggested that this word was bigoted, as it implied a whole gender. Her response to this was to label me a privileged white male and block me. We went from a rational conversation to exposing her bigotry, having her double down on her bigotry and block me within the span of minutes. Does this seem like a rational reaction to you? Presuming every white male out there has it easy is extremely stupid without knowing the road they've walked. Unfortunate events and hardships don't have a preference when it comes to who's life they're going to fuck with. To have anyone say otherwise is extremely obtuse. Now, you try to point this out to a colleague you've interacted with and a strange thing might happens. They'll defend the bigot. Not by addressing what you've said though. But by going on the offence in stead.

A good indicator that you're dealing with a casuistry artist is they won't confront their own hypocrisy. No, they'll dig into the history of everything you've ever said to try to find something that makes you a hypocrite on any scale. This happened to me recently when discussing cultural practices vs immutable traits. It's classic deflection and they do it because people seldom enjoy dealing with the fact that they're wrong. Meanwhile your initial critique remains unchallenged and you're stuck trying to defend yourself due to your own ego. And regardless of what you say, it'll never be good enough. Luckily my ego is no longer in the way of recognizing this underhanded tactic. The only way to argue with someone who's moving a goal post is to grab it and plant it on the ground. That way the truth of your initial statement might sink in. Then again it might not.

That's the thing with ideas though, they're like seeds. Due to human nature, they take time to grow. Sometimes it takes a specific event for anyone to realize their own faults. It's unfortunate that people are victims of their own hypocrisy but those are the kinds of people you need to leave behind to stew. Examine yourself, never compromise and move forward. There's an entire field to plant.

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