Why Our HUMANITY Matters!

โค๏ธ ๐“๐‡๐„ ๐•๐€๐’๐“๐๐„๐’๐’ ๐ˆ๐’ ๐๐„๐€๐‘๐€๐๐‹๐„ ๐Ž๐๐‹๐˜ ๐“๐‡๐‘๐Ž๐”๐†๐‡ ๐‹๐Ž๐•๐„! โค๏ธ

I am someone who is gayโ€ฆI rarely talk about it. ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚โ€

I am someone who is Hispanicโ€ฆI rarely talk about it. ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚โ€

I am someone who is Liberalโ€ฆI rarely talk about it. ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚โ€

I am someone who is Atheistโ€ฆI (especially) rarely talk about it. ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚โ€

Why do I rarely talk about these things? ๐Ÿค”

Wellโ€ฆlet’s take a step back. ๐Ÿ‘ฃ

Say you were meeting me for the very first time, and the only information you were given about who I am were these labels: ๐Ÿ“œ

Male. Gay. Hispanic. Liberal. Atheist.

What kind of person comes to your mind that fits into each of these categories? ๐Ÿค”

What comes to your mind when you think of a โ€œGay Maleโ€? Flamboyant? Feminine? Limp wrists?

What comes to your mind when you think of an โ€œAtheist?โ€ Snobbish? Science-obsessed? Blasphemous?

Nowโ€ฆtake these labels and apply them back to me. And compare these labels to how you ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜บ know me as a person. ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™‚๏ธ

Let me ask: do these labels easily fit into your general perception of me? ๐Ÿ˜…

Of Donald Arteaga? ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ

If your answer is โ€œnoโ€โ€ฆTHAT is the reason why!

๐Ÿ™Œ ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐จ๐ง ๐ˆ ๐ซ๐š๐ซ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐๐ž๐ฌ๐œ๐ซ๐ข๐›๐ž ๐ฆ๐ฒ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐Ÿ ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ฆ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ž ๐ฅ๐š๐›๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐›๐ž๐œ๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ˆ ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ง๐ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ž ๐ฆ๐ž ๐š๐ฌ ๐š ๐ก๐ฎ๐ฆ๐š๐ง ๐›๐ž๐ข๐ง๐ , ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ž๐ฆ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ, ๐›๐ž๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฅ๐š๐›๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ. ๐Ÿ™Œ

Iโ€™d rather we all be judged, as Martin Luther King Jr. said, based upon the content of our character. ๐Ÿ‘ค

๐Ÿ‘ I donโ€™t intend for you to judge me by virtue of my sexual preference.

๐Ÿ‘ I donโ€™t intend for you to judge me by virtue of my race.

๐Ÿ‘ I donโ€™t intend for you to judge me by virtue of my political views.

๐Ÿ‘ I donโ€™t intend for you to judge me by virtue of my religious affiliation.

THIS is why I generally donโ€™t provide this information to people upfront. I want you to get to know ME first, minus the preconceptions. ๐Ÿ™‚

๐Ÿ‘€ ๐๐ž๐œ๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐ˆ ๐ž๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ก๐š๐ฌ๐ข๐ณ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ž ๐ฅ๐š๐›๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐š๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐จ ๐ˆ ๐š๐ฆ, ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐ˆ ๐ž๐ง๐œ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐š๐ ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐จ๐ง๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ž ๐ฆ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ ๐ก ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ฅ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ž ๐ฅ๐š๐›๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ. ๐Ÿ‘€

The problem is these labels are only mere facets of who I am as a human being, just as I believe this to be the case for any other human being. ๐Ÿ’Ž

Iโ€™ve held this ideal ever since I started my mission to Transcend Labels in 2018. โณ

The ideal has always been for me to show through my example that people donโ€™t have to be entrenched in their labels. ๐Ÿ’ฏ

The ideal has always been for me to show that my diagnosis of Autism is just a temporary explanation and not a final destination. ๐Ÿ’ฏ

The ideal has always been for me to show how limiting labels are as frameworks for understanding ourselves and other people. ๐Ÿ’ฏ

Consider the facts:

๐Ÿ™Œ No one on this planet is 100% exactly the same.

๐Ÿ™Œ No one thinks 100% exactly the same way.

๐Ÿ™Œ No one has lived 100% exactly the same life as another person.

๐๐ž๐œ๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ข๐ง๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ข๐ง๐๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ, ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ก๐š๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐จ๐ญ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐š๐ฅ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ž๐š๐œ๐ก ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ .

๐๐ž๐œ๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ข๐ง๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ข๐ง๐๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ, ๐š ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐จ๐งโ€™๐ฌ ๐ฅ๐š๐›๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐ง๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐๐จ ๐ฃ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฑ, ๐ฎ๐ง๐ข๐ช๐ฎ๐ž ๐ข๐ง๐๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ ๐ฅ๐š๐ฒ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง ๐ž๐š๐œ๐ก ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฎ๐ฌ.

๐๐ž๐œ๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ข๐ง๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ข๐ง๐๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ, ๐š ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐จ๐งโ€™๐ฌ ๐ฅ๐š๐›๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐ง๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐›๐ž ๐š ๐๐ž๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐จ๐ง๐ž’๐ฌ ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ ๐œ๐ก๐š๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ.

As Ayishat Akanbi put it: “๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐’‡๐’Š๐’™๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’˜๐’Š๐’•๐’‰ ๐’š๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐’Š๐’…๐’†๐’๐’•๐’Š๐’•๐’š ๐’๐’Š๐’Ž๐’Š๐’•๐’” ๐’š๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐’Š๐’…๐’†๐’๐’•๐’Š๐’•๐’š.” The obsession with one’s labels become a self-fulfilling prophecy which leaves no room for change, let alone the possibility for personal growth. ๐Ÿ™Œ

For me, my mission to Transcend Labels is a life-affirming philosophy that says we are more than our pasts, more than our circumstances, and that we are capable of becoming more than the people we were yesterday. โœŠ

Perhaps as you read this, this sounds like common sense to you! ๐Ÿ˜…

Butโ€ฆthings seemed to have changed. ๐Ÿง

Not with my mission; it remains the same. But Iโ€™m talking about within our society. ๐Ÿ‘ฅ

More and more I continue reading about a growing ideology that:

๐Ÿ˜ฑ Encourages people to see each other ONLY for their labels, not for their individuality.

๐Ÿ˜ฑ Encourages people to see each other ONLY for their group identities, not for their common humanity.

๐Ÿ˜ฑ Encourages people to see each other ONLY in binary camps of either being Oppressors or being Oppressed.

๐Ÿ˜ฑ Encourages people to indulge in cognitive biases like mindreading, overgeneralizing, and black-and-white thinking.

This smorgasbord of an ideology has come to be more popularly known as: โ€œbeing wokeโ€.

(๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ข ๐˜™๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ต๐˜ข ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ž๐˜ฐ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜จ๐˜บ, ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ โ€œ๐˜Š๐˜บ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ด: ๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ˆ๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜š๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฑ ๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ ๐˜Œ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜บ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ˆ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜™๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฆ, ๐˜Ž๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜บโ€ ๐˜ฃ๐˜บ ๐˜‘๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜“๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜บ & ๐˜๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜—๐˜ญ๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ฌ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ.)

Simply putโ€ฆthe very ideals Iโ€™ve stood for the past few years are in direct opposition to this ideology. ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚โ€

So perhaps you can understand why a part of me is fascinated at how this ideology has reached such a wide audience, especially among the political Left, with little Critical (pun intended) examination. ๐Ÿ˜…

Perhaps you can understand my fascination reading about this ideology that argues the very ideals I stand for, the message Iโ€™ve promoted for years, can now be entirely summarized under labels such as โ€œwhite supremacyโ€, “privilege”, โ€œracistโ€, โ€œmicroaggressionโ€, and โ€œoffensiveโ€. ๐Ÿคจ

โค๏ธ But I get it. โค๏ธ

I understand in these current times A LOT of us are stressed out and worried. I understand itโ€™s hard for anyone to think clearly, let alone rationally, when our minds are shrouded in weeds. ๐Ÿ˜–

๐ˆ ๐ฎ๐ง๐๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ข๐ญ’๐ฌ ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ก๐š๐ซ๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ค ๐ข๐ง ๐ง๐ฎ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž๐, ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฑ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฒ๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐๐ฌ ๐ง๐š๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐œ๐ซ๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ข๐œ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐๐ฎ๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฅ ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ.

If I were to combine every negative event which has happened the past year, I can’t blame someone for not feeling comfortable with all this Uncertainty. ๐Ÿ˜จ

As I saw 1 tweet put it: โ€œ๐˜๐จ๐ฎ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฐ๐š๐ญ๐œ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ ๐ก ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก๐๐ซ๐š๐ฐ๐š๐ฅ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ž๐ฆ๐จ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ ๐š๐๐๐ข๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฆ๐ฒ๐ญ๐ก ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐œ๐ž๐ซ๐ญ๐š๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐ฒ.โ€ โค๏ธ

So yes, I definitely understand that lots of people at this time will be desperate to find something which helps them get back to Certainty, back to some sense of clarity and normalcy, back to some sense of renewed purpose and meaningโ€ฆeven if that means embracing an over-simplistic, fringe ideology like this one. ๐Ÿ™Œ

And THIS is one of the main reasons why Iโ€™ve not spoken up about this topic personally. ๐ˆโ€™๐ฆ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ฅ๐จ๐จ๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐š๐ค๐ž ๐š ๐œ๐ก๐ข๐ฅ๐โ€™๐ฌ ๐›๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ค๐ž๐ญ ๐š๐ฐ๐š๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐ก๐ข๐ฆ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐ก๐žโ€™๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐œ๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐จ ๐ข๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐๐ž๐š๐ซ ๐ฅ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ž. ๐Ÿ˜ญ

At the moment, the child needs something, anything to stay calm and feel safe. ๐Ÿ›ก

Donโ€™t get me wrong, there are 100% real problems in our society that still need to be solved. I’m not here to pretend like everything is all fine and dandy. It’s not.

But weโ€™re not going to solve them when weโ€™re making the incorrect diagnoses, which in turn provide the wrong solutions. ๐Ÿ‘Ž

๐–๐žโ€™๐ซ๐ž ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ ๐จ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฏ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฑ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐›๐ฅ๐ž๐ฆ๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฌ๐จ๐œ๐ข๐ž๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐š๐ฆ๐ž ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ-๐ฌ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐œ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฐ๐ก๐ข๐œ๐ก ๐ข๐ฌ ๐œ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฆ. ๐Ÿ‘Ž

But that part of the discussion will be saved for another postโ€ฆ

My point is: THIS is not the way forward. โŒ

๐Ÿคฌ โ€œ๐‘พ๐‘ฌ๐‘ณ๐‘ณ ๐‘ด๐‘น. ๐‘ฏ๐‘ฐ๐‘ฎ๐‘ฏ-๐‘จ๐‘ต๐‘ซ-๐‘ด๐‘ฐ๐‘ฎ๐‘ฏ๐‘ป๐’€ ๐‘ซ๐‘ถ๐‘ต๐‘จ๐‘ณ๐‘ซ, ๐‘ฎ๐‘ถ๐‘ป ๐‘จ๐‘ต๐’€ ๐‘ฉ๐‘ฌ๐‘ป๐‘ป๐‘ฌ๐‘น ๐‘ฐ๐‘ซ๐‘ฌ๐‘จ๐‘บ?!โ€ ๐Ÿคฌ

I believe I do! And it goes right back to what I was talking about earlier. ๐Ÿ˜Š

๐Ÿ™Œ We move forward by focusing on our common humanity.

๐Ÿ™Œ We move forward by focusing on what we have in common.

๐Ÿ™Œ We move forward by NOT assuming malicious intent of those who disagree with us.

๐Ÿ™Œ We move forward by focusing on understanding and less on labeling.

๐–๐ž ๐ƒ๐ˆ๐…๐…๐”๐’๐„ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฅ๐š๐›๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐œ๐š๐ซ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐›๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐œ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ง ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐จ๐ง ๐ก๐ฎ๐ฆ๐š๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ.

๐–๐ž ๐“๐‘๐€๐๐’๐‚๐„๐๐ƒ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ ๐›๐ข๐š๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐ฃ๐ฎ๐๐ข๐œ๐ž๐ฌ ๐œ๐š๐ซ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐›๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐œ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ง ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐จ๐ง ๐ก๐ฎ๐ฆ๐š๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ.

๐–๐ž ๐€๐‚๐Š๐๐Ž๐–๐‹๐„๐ƒ๐†๐„ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฅ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ ๐ก ๐ฐ๐ก๐ข๐œ๐ก ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ ๐ž๐ง๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ž ๐จ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐žโ€ฆ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐‚๐‡๐Ž๐Ž๐’๐„ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฆ ๐ฌ๐ข๐ ๐ง๐ข๐Ÿ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐Ÿ๐จ๐œ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ง ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐จ๐ง ๐ก๐ฎ๐ฆ๐š๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ.

For every time we do this, weโ€™ll remind our survival brain whoโ€™s in charge of how we connect with others. ๐Ÿง 

Weโ€™ll remind our survival brain how naรฏve the caricatures we create in our minds about mass groups of people are. ๐Ÿง 

๐ˆ๐Ÿ ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ฐ๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ๐จ๐ญ๐ž ๐๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ข๐ง ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฌ๐จ๐œ๐ข๐ž๐ญ๐ฒ, ๐ฅ๐ž๐ญโ€™๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ง๐ž๐ ๐ฅ๐ž๐œ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ ๐๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ฅ๐š๐ฒ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง ๐ž๐š๐œ๐ก ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฎ๐ฌ. ๐‘๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ ๐ง๐จ๐ฐ ๐ฐ๐ž’๐ซ๐ž ๐จ๐ง๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ญ๐จ๐ฎ๐œ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ซ๐Ÿ๐š๐œ๐ž.

Because whatโ€™s the alternative?

๐Ÿ‘Ž A society which is OBSESSED with focusing on what makes us separate from each other.

๐Ÿ‘Ž A society which DISCRIMINATES people based primarily upon their labels.

๐Ÿ‘Ž A society which attempts to solve the problem of prejudiceโ€ฆwith EVEN MORE PREJUDICE.

That doesnโ€™t sound like a desirable outcome, does it? Sounds a bit backwards, right? It’s honestly quite IL-liberal! ๐Ÿ˜…

Butโ€ฆthankfully we donโ€™t have to go down that route! We don’t have to become “woke”! ๐Ÿ’ฏ

I challenge you to come with me and take the road less traveled. Itโ€™s important to remember that just because something is popular in the moment doesnโ€™t automatically mean itโ€™s right. ๐Ÿ‘

I challenge you to come with me and use what might be considered a more โ€œradicalโ€ approach these days to connecting with others:

๐“๐จ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ž ๐จ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐š๐ฌ ๐ก๐ฎ๐ฆ๐š๐ง ๐›๐ž๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ž๐ฆ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ. ๐“๐จ ๐ญ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ ๐จ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ž๐œ๐ญ, ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ง ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐ข๐ญ’๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ง ๐›๐š๐œ๐ค. ๐“๐จ ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ง๐ข๐œ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐œ๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ก๐ฎ๐ฆ๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ, ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ง ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐จ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐จ๐ง ๐๐จ๐ž๐ฌ๐ง’๐ญ ๐ซ๐ž๐œ๐ข๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐œ๐š๐ญ๐ž. ๐“๐จ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ฆ๐›๐ž๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ก๐ฎ๐ซ๐ญ ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ก๐ฎ๐ซ๐ญ ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž, ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ž ๐จ๐ง๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐œ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ž. ๐“๐จ ๐ ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐Ÿ ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐จ ๐›๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐๐ฎ๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฅ ๐ฆ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ.

But if all this sounds too overwhelming, how about just this…?

๐˜๐จ๐ฎโ€™๐ซ๐ž ๐š ๐ก๐ฎ๐ฆ๐š๐ง ๐›๐ž๐ข๐ง๐ . ๐€๐ง๐ ๐ˆโ€™๐ฆ ๐š ๐ก๐ฎ๐ฆ๐š๐ง ๐›๐ž๐ข๐ง๐ . ๐Ÿ‘ฅ

๐‹๐ž๐ญโ€™๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ซ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž. ๐Ÿ™‚

๐๐จ ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ž. ๐€๐ง๐ ๐ง๐จ ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ. โค๏ธ