It’s been a while since we’ve done one of these, so….
When you come right down to it, the only thing Leftists really believe is what I call the Great Inversion: Reality is always wrong, such that
- if the Normals believe it,
- it’s wrong,
- because the Normals believe it.
This has been the state of Advanced Thought, the default setting of Friends of Humanity, from the beginning. Parmenides (6th century BC) knew that Normals believe their own lying eyes when they see things moving out in the real world, so he proclaimed that nothing can move.* Normals believe that A can’t be not-A at the same time, so Hegel said the universe “overcomes itself” (aufheben) through some mysterious process of “synthesis” in which the same thing is simultaneously A, not-A, and both-A-and-not-A. Normals believe in sexual dimorphism among the higher animals, so feminists declare that men can have periods. And so on — see any freshmen humanities seminar at any college in the land for more, oh god so many more, enraging examples.
The key to becoming real is to apply this insight emotionally, not intellectually.
An example will help. Back in my single days at Flyover State,** I frequented the townie bar; it was the one place I knew I wasn’t going to run into any academic colleagues. I soon became drinking buddies with a guy who was more or less my polar opposite. Though a very bright fellow and a fine human being, he’d had the classic trailer trash upbringing — broken home, a bad crowd, petty crimes, drugs, and eventually a stretch in jail.
That right there is what they originally meant by “privilege.” I looked at my buddy, and all I could think was “there but for the grace of God go I.” Had our life circumstances been reversed, in all likelihood he’d be the one with the university gig and I’d be the guy stocking shelves at WalMart because that was the only job I could get with a felony arrest record. I was — I am — deeply privileged to have been born where I was, and when, and to whom. Of the many gifts I’ve been given over the years, that’s by far the best. I am profoundly grateful for it.
The Left, on the other hand, insists I should feel guilty. See what I mean about the Great inversion?
If you’re worried you might be an NPC, use your emotions. Try feeling the exact opposite thing than what you’re instructed. In the case of “privilege,” yes, of course it’s “unearned;” that’s right there in the definition (if it’s earned then it’s not “privilege,” it’s “pay,” and if you think about it that way for a moment, you’ll see that SJWs believe it, too — they feel they’ve earned the right to order you around because they’ve spent so much time studying “intersectionality” in graduate school. Not even professors whine about “professor privilege,” and though every book by an academic feminist contains a many-page disclaimer about how she’s just so awfully sorry she can’t be more inclusive, not one of them has ever given up her nice cushy job so that a POC could have it).
Reverse the Great Inversion. Feel the opposite of what they tell you to feel, and you’re on the road to becoming real.