Talking about some serious shit
I've seen people receive aggressive backlash for saying something like "this could have been me" about abusers, nazis and the like, and whenever that thought occurs to me I instinctively shut it down and I don't think that's always a good thing. Saying "this could have been me" does not excuse the behaviour, it does the very opposite. Because it affirms my freedom, it confirms that *I made a choice* not to become that person.
general politics, dehumanisation
I appreciate you saying this. I understand it can be a useful tool, even if my own goal is to try to deeply understand people as people, but so often i feel like leftist ppl dehumanise others... just, excessively and unnecessarily, i think.
I've never been brave enough to say anything, because i believe I'd likely be accused of being on the side of the oppressor. Possibly jokingly, but i can't tell, or respond, and it's way stressful.
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