Many liberals aren’t particularly wealthy. However, if you can’t afford a Luxury Car, or a Luxury Apartment, you can at least adorn yourself with Luxury Worries.
It’s very cheap. Easy, too.
I’ve described this before as being a sort of connoisseurshipof offense. Just as a wine connoisseur is praised for detecting notes and defects on a nearly microscopic level, so too are our modern class of intellectually-insecure social climbers posing as connoisseurs of offensiveness. To detect that a man is racist if he denigrates another race in a racially-charged way — well, Old Boy, that’s easy, isn’t it? That shows no skill at all; that’s like being able to tell a red from a white. You can hardly expect to epater les gallerieswith that level of expertise.
But, to have a sensory apparatus of offense, a palette of outrage, so refined as to become frothilly angry if someone refers to someone of ambiguous gender as “he” instead of taking the time to discover that xer’s favored pronouns are xer, xers, and xeir — well, that is a mark of exquisitely fine taste.
I think that many onlookers have a sense that this is what is happening. But do the participants understand what they are doing? I would think that they at some level do understand the silly front that they are projecting. Perhaps this is why they invariably double down when challenged; they need to convince themselves of the validity of their path.
As people get older, they have seen more, and become hopefully wiser. How many of these people transition out of this mode? Just like with blue pill men, there is the sunk costs. It is difficult for these people to throw it away. But then, these people are reality-challenged to begin with, so maybe they never reach this phase.
So why do these people focus on stupid shit? There are lots of problems in the world; why are they not focussed on some of the truly significant ones? The answer is twofold: those other problems are difficult to understand, to do anything about, and might take real work on their part if a real attempt to improve things was undertaken; and if one is busy actually trying to solve a problem, that would leave less time for moral preening.
So xhey take the easy useless path.