The Brat Privilege

How social movements have been hijacked by the upper-class kids

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Nowadays, the talk about privilege is in the spotlight globally. We tend to talk a lot about privilege.

Most of the time these talks come from upper-class college students, posting from their expensive laptops, insulting anyone who disagrees with them, talking about privilege and anticapitalism while failing to realize that they are part of that system they criticize.

They will throw tantrums as soon as they have a chance, not because they actually care, but because it’s trendy.

They will call horrible things to anyone daring to not agree with them, including literally anyone, even blue-collar workers, black people, formerly oppressed women, anyone.

They will try to destroy their lives in the name of justice, without realizing that they’re being the actual bullies.

Because let’s be honest, when you have enough money to write from a Mac, while sipping Starbucks coffee and making fun of those who weren’t able to attend college, the ones who keep your country running, the chances are that the only privileged is you.

This kind of privilege silences every fight, as it shifts our focus from things like our growing global poverty (yes it also exists in the wrongly called first world, but it’s just ignored), the soldier kids in Africa, or the female mutilation in certain countries to their first world problems, to their childish desires.

They deliberately ignore the working class’ problems, like low wages, extensive overtime, unpaid hours, the lack of access to health or a decent education, the impossibility to generate any savings. This class has become the most targeted for their mockery. And this is generating a wave of growing anger.

You can even see some of them try to rebate black guys on how is like being a black guy in the United States.

And so, they’re slowly killing actual fights by suffocating them inside their endless need for attention.

TREND IS KILLING SOCIAL MOVEMENTS

WRITTEN BYJM Miana

I write and translate stuff from English to Spanish, learning is one of my favourite things to do, after playing rock music. https://linktr.ee/Jmmiana


Originally published at Medium.

The Crabs in a Bucket Effect

Those around you will always try to drag you down when you’re trying to progress

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“She reached down and picked a crab out of a bucket. As it came up it turned out that three more were hanging on to it. “A crab necklace?” giggled Juliet.
“Oh, that’s crabs for you,” said Verity, disentangling the ones who had hitched a ride. “thick as planks, the lot of them. That’s why you can keep them in a bucket without a lid. Any that tries to get out gets pulled back. yes, as thick as planks.”

― Terry Pratchett, Unseen Academicals

There’s a lot of stories out there that talk about improving your life and the bravery it takes to dare to change your life. Even I have written some of those.

But there’s a topic that is not being covered enough: Your family and friends.

Yes, the people who love you might also try to drag you down. No, they’re not evil. It’s way more complex than that.

The crabs in a bucket effect or “crab mentality” is a part of the human behavior that makes us try to reduce a person’s self-confidence to ensure they don’t succeed.

Take Your Parents for Example

Just when you finished talking about how much did you love acting at school plays they would give you the concerned look, and immediately after they would tell you to forget about it, that acting wouldn’t make you rich.

They would try to shame you into giving up.

And you were just talking about something that made you happy.

But in their minds, they were saving you from becoming poor, they felt that it would be safer for you if they crushed anything you liked. Because the world will always need accountants, right?

There you have them. The first crabs in your barrel.

Their fear of something bad happening to you, for example, poverty, made them want to drag you down. The first ones to release yourself from, and for some of you, the best crabs you’ll encounter in your whole life.

Then You Have Your Friends, or Better Said, Your Acquaintances

Those are the people you hang out with, your squad, you’ll wish the best to some of them.

But beware, some of them won’t wish the best for you.

In the first years of your life it will be difficult for you to realize this, but the number of people to whom you can trust your most inner desires, your hopes and fears is very limited.

And so, many of those will try to persuade you of not being worthy, to give up, some of them may even state that they’re worried about your well-being.

But actually, they’ll be afraid of your success, their egos will get enormously hurt if you succeed and so, they must avoid it at any cost.

And in other cases, they’ll be just true friends that will be genuinely worried, you must keep those close, but not letting them drag you down at the same time.

Those are the second kind of crabs that you’ll encounter in your life.

Later in Life, You’ll Find Your Colleagues

Someday you’ll be working hard somewhere and you’ll make the mistake of letting your colleagues know that you like to draw or something.

They’ll look at you as if you were suddenly from outer space, and they’ll say something like: “Why don’t you do overtime instead?”

As if having a life, a passion out of your working hours was a crime.

And if your boss finds out, which he’ll do because someone will tell him, he’ll likely hate it.

To him, you should live and die for the company, and he won’t tolerate any other behavior.

Those were the third kind of crabs, those who will wish you the worst, but the less dangerous.

The Last Crab is You

You’re holding yourself back too, because you’re afraid to fail, which is natural because you don’t know if you could end cooked up.

But you don’t know that.

You can’t predict the future, but you can follow your guts. And if you feel that you want to change your life, so be it.

Release your fears, you could be afraid of ending in a cooking pot when there’s also a whole ocean out there.

Love your people, but don’t ever let them drag you down.

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We’re Headed to a Disaster

Our politicians’ lack of contact with reality is fuelling a growing global anger

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The difference between rich and poor is becoming more extreme, and as income inequality widens the wealth gap in major nations, education, health and social mobility are all threatened.

Helene D. Gayle

There’s a global issue that must be addressed, and it’s the fact that our political leaders are out of touch with their people’s realities, they stick to the formulas they know and forget about everything else, which is leading us in general to a difficult situation.

When I look at the United States’ news I see the same awful situation as in my homeland, I see the rise of the far-right, and I see a growing distrust in democracy.

In the last decades, there’s been a growing gap between social classes, which has worsened in the last ten years, the middle class has almost been erased after so many years of liberal politics (sometimes disguised as left-wing politics, ironically).

There’s been a growing discomfort in the lower classes fueled by their poverty and the lack of understanding of the governments, who have preferred to center themselves on things that were more appealing to them, like the global economy, or social politics, just not in a way neither of them would benefit the working class, which has fallen from middle to low class.

On the positive side, subjects as racism and some other much-needed fights have been put on the spotlight, but matters like poverty, the lack of education and homelessness have been widely ignored, invisibilizing people from several backgrounds, not only white American men have been affected by this, as I say, this should be treated as a global issue.

But what our society has sadly decided instead of facing this matter is to create a narrative where anyone complaining about this extreme capitalistic system is automatically labelled as “alt-right”, “just white men”, “uneducated”, “lazy”, “intolerant” or worse, ignoring that those who they are treating dismissively are in fact the biggest part of this world’s population, the working class.

A part of the population that is in fact of every race, of every age, of every gender, or even transgender, but with two things in common: they’re poor, and they’re not being represented at all.

One just has to take a walk at night in my hometown to see that there’s been a rise in crime, prostitution, and drug dealing, issues that arise with the rise of poverty.

Because, let’s be honest, right now it looks as if the governments of developed countries were just procrastinating on their duties towards people, they’re focused on gaining votes and looking good, not on solving any actual problem, rather, they prefer to create sides and then radicalize them.

This is Dangerous

We saw this in 2016 in the USA, and even before in 2012, the Golden Dawn in Greece.

It doesn’t really matter who wins these next elections in the USA, as long as politicians don’t change their ways, as long as they neglect the working class, the discomfort will grow to a point where we’ll risk an explosion, turning either into a civil war in any of the countries that we currently see as above those events, or even worse, another global conflict.

We Must Look at History

From the French Revolution to the ascent of the Nazi Party we can find examples of how the discomfort of the general population, when left unaddressed has led us to the most violent events in human history.

We Must Act Now

Now more than ever we need our political class to get their job done. We need them to take seriously issues related to the lower classes, we need them to be unpopular, we need them to take measures that make easier for their people to have a decent living in general.

And we must stop blaming the lower classes for their poverty, by doing that we’re only fuelling a rage that can destroy everything and turn us sixty years backwards.

Instead, we must listen to them, learn why actually they feel like they do, they’re not bad, they’re not racist, the media tells us that but it isn’t true, they’re just misrepresented, they don’t have where to choose, and if we don’t build bridges with them, if we don’t get them out of their hole, we risk heading into war.

We’re still on time to change history.


Originally published on Medium: https://medium.com/@jmmiana/were-headed-to-a-disaster-ac5edcb56a4d

The changing society in times of crisis

Sometimes life leads you through a different path than the one you originally planned for you.

It’s like starting a whole new self, another way to see things that for you once were impossible to change. And suddenly, they do.

But in fact nothing has changed, only you, and your views.

This decade’s economic crisis has shown us that what our fathers thought about life has no use anymore.

First we got 2008’s economic crisis, and, just when things were going better again, came Covid-19. This has affected our generation.

We won’t have the same 9 to 5 jobs they did, we won’t have that “financial stability”. And it’s okay. It is known that these times are difficult times.

But difficult times create strong individuals, and those individuals are the ones who will end shaping the new world.

And while it might look scary, this is our chance to adapt, to do whatever we want, fearless, untied to any past preconceptions of what life is. Because that past is dead, and dead things don’t come back —with the exception, of 80s aesthetics.

Now it’s our chance to live a fulfilling life, doing what we feel like doing, travelling, learning forever, daring to be ourselves, and finding happiness in simple things as having a beer with friends.

To be whatever the fuck we want to be.