Short post today folks, but it’s a topic that’s been in the back of my mind for a while now and I’m hoping it leads to some good discussion. Really, it’s two sides of one coin:
1. Why should one feel pride over something another has done?
2. Why should one feel guilty over something another has done?
Think about these two concepts for a bit. How have they impacted your own life? How have these concepts impacted male-female, hetero-homo, cis-trans, and caucasian-minority relations?
Should one feel pride for something one has little to no control over, like sex…height…ethnicity…orientation…gender, and so on? Is it possible to actually be prideful over words spoken and deeds performed by someone who, through an accident of birth, shares a common trait with you? Is a high school dropout who works as a bagger in a grocery justified in feeling a sense of pride over the accomplishments of Leonardo DaVinci, simply because they are both male?
Likewise, should one feel guilt over actions that members of a common group have done, even if said actions occurred before one was born? Is a young woman in Denmark supposed to feel guilty over the fact that the SCUM Manifesto was written and cheered for by other members of her sex?
Is there ever a time when it’s acceptable for punishment of the sins of the parent to be visited on the child? Or should we push forward with the knowledge of what our forebearers have both accomplished and perpetuated, and treat each new life as an individual responsible for their words and deeds alone?
I realize that these are difficult questions, but they are the first ones I think of when I read various blogs and articles about the fight for social equality and fairness. As always, I’d like to read everyone’s opinion while still keeping this a safe space for all types of people. Let’s hear your thoughts…