Have you ever watched the 1970s sitcom Maude? It was a good show, a spinoff of All in the Family that brought up a lot of controversial topics—abortion, homosexuality, race relations, and many other things that made people cringe back in the day if you brought them up in polite company.
Maude Findlay was a proud liberal woman. She fought hard for the little guy (or gal) in society. She wanted justice for the poor and women and ethnic minorities. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. It’s a very good thing that someone, whether it’s a character on a television show or an activist in real life, would stand up and fight for the rights of people who are regularly discriminated against.
There was one slight problem with Maude’s crusade for equality, though—she was trying too hard. Her undying need to show everyone how open-minded and liberal she was often blew up in her face.
One big example of this is how she was a successful, upper middle class woman who felt that she understood the struggles of poor blacks. So she hired a black woman as her maid, a stereotypical role, and to show that she viewed the maid as her equal, she insisted that she come through the front door instead of the back. (The maid didn’t want to come through the front door, she preferred the back entrance.)
I am a far left activist, and in my lifetime, I have seen a lot of liberals just like Maude. They go out and fight for justice and chant a lot about equality, but it seems that a lot of the time they are just jumping on a bandwagon. They’re not genuine.
Say, for instance, a liberal takes up the cause of cyber bullying. That’s an important cause, right? People should want to join the fight to end bullying, both online and in real life. So to show that they are really against cyber bullying, the liberal picks a random bully and decides to give them a dose of their own medicine.
Is that justice, or is that completely defeating the purpose of fighting cyber bullying?
I once knew a person, a self-proclaimed liberal, who insisted on showing the world that they liked to fight for what is right in the world. And traveling in the same circles as the liberal was a cyber bully who had a habit of digging into people’s personal lives offline and making sensitive information public.
The self-proclaimed liberal, like many other people, didn’t like what the bully was doing, so they decided to get revenge. How did they do it? They turned the tables on them, hacked into their account, and began sharing personal photographs and other information to people the bully harassed.
Some of you might not see a problem with doing that. You think that the bully got their just desserts. But two wrongs don’t ever make a right. And innocent people are sometimes dragged into a situation they had nothing to do with. In the case of the bully fighting liberal, they dragged the person’s spouse other into the situation. There was no reason to do so other than to hurt the bully. And it didn’t bother them too much because they continued to bully other people. It might have even made them worse than before.
So in the end the self-proclaimed liberal chose a good battle, but fought it in all the wrong ways, just like Maude always did on television every week.
So what can be done to make sure your plans don’t backfire? When you take up a cause, you might want to know why you are fighting for it, why it is important to you. And you want to expose how harmful something is to society and give solutions to the problems. You can’t eradicate a problem if you choose to use it against someone else. You can’t prove a point like that.
What do you think?
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- NY Senator’s Survey Reveals Alarming Results About Cyber Bullying (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- Seven Thoughts on Bullying (coopcatalyst.wordpress.com)
- Law Commission to report on cyber-bullying (radionz.co.nz)
- Local Family Stands Up To Cyber Bullies (baltimore.cbslocal.com)
- Two-Fisted Feds Fight School and Cyber Bullying (blogs.lawyers.com)