You may have noticed that the left really, really doesn’t like society’s standards. Anything that is in the slightest way restrictive or constraining needs to go.
That’s why left-wing people online like to decide that things that we’ve relied on since forever are “social constructs.” There’s no real reason why any of these standards exist- they’re all just lies we tell ourselves to keep people in line.
Race is a social construct - that’s how we ended up with Rachel Dolezal. Gender is a social construct - that’s how we ended up with Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner. A system of exchange whereby material goods are valued differentially and bought and sold - i.e. capitalism - is a social construct. Countries like Canada with defined borders are social constructs too. Language, education, and the notions of crime and punishment? All social constructs.
Actual intellectuals have debates about this stuff, but, practically, for the online leftist EVERYTHING is a social construct, and therefore everyone with an Internet connection (which is also a social construct) can now state with the authority of a seasoned academic that society is one big illusion.
When I was a child, I read a children’s book called Frindle. In it, a fifth-grader decides he’s going to start calling his pen a frindle instead of a pen. His teacher (having no recourse to corporal punishment, as this novel is set in the 1990s) naturally cannot explain why pens cannot be called frindles, and as a result, authority in the school quickly breaks down. Finally, someone patents the word “frindle” and the little monster who started all the trouble gets very, very rich.
I don’t know if the author of Frindle knew he was writing a satire on the level of Animal Farm, but what’s perfectly clear is that these university educated online leftists are operating on the level of fifth graders who decide one day that pens should be called frindles with the intent of destabilizing society and becoming wealthy in the process.
I should point out that objectively demonstrating that differences exist in the world does nothing to convince the online leftist. Are you fat? No you’re not, because being fat is a social construct. Not the most intelligent person in the world? Don’t worry, because intelligence is a social construct. Just because you have AIDS due to the observable and measurable presence of HIV in your bloodstream doesn’t make it any less of a social construct.
These online leftists may proclaim proudly to the world that they are enormous, have low IQs, and are HIV positive - which would seem to indicate that these social constructs have at least some attributes worth celebrating- but, crucially, nobody else is able to criticize or (as the case may be) appreciate these attributes, or share in this celebration.
And this is how we really know we are regressing to the level of fifth graders here instead of actually debating high-level ideas, because a fifth grader is not able to understand that their actions have consequences and that the feelings and judgements of other people matter. We can also look at the train wrecks that occur when different segments of the online leftist population get into fights over which specific set of social constructs they all need to be railing against, and note the similarity to fifth-grade girls arguing over who’s the prettiest princess.
One of the mantras the online leftist lives by is Audre Lorde’s quote, “The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house.” That’s what they want to do – dismantle - but they’re a whole lot less specific about what it is they want to build.
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