Recently I found this, a story about how a person went into the SJW house of mirrors, and came out a better person. Let us consider his journey,
Changing was a long process. I initially got into SJW groups sort of through popularity- feminism was supposed to be THE thing for equality, and I wanted everyone to be treated well, so I joined a bunch of feminist forums, which branched into more garden variety SJW circles. Initially I had no idea there was a dark side to it.
Yes, popularity is where much of it starts. Who does not want to be popular? And being with the cool and popular people makes you popular also. Right? Come for the popularity (and chicks) and stay for the…
I had some weird views before; I think in a lot of ways I was a stereotypical white knight. I was depressed at the time, and being applauded for being progressive definitely was an ego boost. Fighting people I perceived as bigoted made me feel better about myself. My SJW tendencies were based mostly out of self loathing- I felt weird, like an outcast, had never had a girlfriend, hated myself, and thought that I was fixing myself by jumping deep into feminism. I armed myself with a lot of bad statistics (like the 1 in 4 rape stat) and felt smart because of it.
The ego boost is a great feeling. Fighting on the right side is awesome. What is not to like? Also, the SJWs are the smart people. If one is with them, then one must be smart also.
Notice that everything so far has been essentially content-free, skill-free, logic-free and effort-free. All one has to do say that one is with the SJWs, and one becomes awesome instantly.
After a while it becomes second nature; you just sort of convince yourself that you’re on the right side and see your opponent as a stereotype out of reflex. That can happen here too, but SJW’s actively encourage it. You become utterly convinced that you’re part of an elite, enlightened group fighting an aging generation of uneducated racists and sexists.
Well yes, that is the magic isn’t it? You are now so awesome that the other side does not even deserve to have their arguments heard. Listening to it would be just a waste of time; simple stereotypes are much easier on that awesome mind.
But eventually I started to realize that I had incomplete information. I lost a lot of arguments to people I’d stereotyped as being dumb. The people I called allies just jumped to ad hominem attacks and semantic arguments, and that made them secure in their beliefs. That’s how they operate; when they lose, their mental gymnastics aren’t supposed to convince you. It’s to convince themselves, to justify not changing their sources or beliefs. And it’s very effective at that. It worked for me for a while.
Yes indeed; these dumb people do have facts and logic on their side. They have effective models of humans and the world that actually kind of work. They have insight into human nature. Often this insight comes from years of experience.
Well, SJWs can’t be bothered to listen to that. Engaging in ad hominem attacks is just so much easier, and much more fun and fulfilling. They may be fun indeed, but if one does not have a nagging sense about the fulfilling part, then there should be serious question marks about you.
But eventually it wasn’t enough for me. I started trying to revise feminist arguments with new, accurate sources. I’d correct people on my own side on forums and whatnot. They hated that, and jumped right to calling me a rape apologist and a woman hater. I was blown away, it contradicted my notion that we were the logical side.
The crossroads are reached. Does he want to be on the fun, cool, righteous side, or does he want to go with the logical side. Note that the logical side has a dim view of humanity; one that assumes that humans are flawed, and not really perfectible. This is a dreary view; who really would want to possess it? Well, perhaps people who care whether or not they are correct.