Even within my own “supposed” community, the community assigned to me by virtue of my sexual preference, I catch hell in the online dating realm, whenever I complain about the content of insipid emails from the dull and ignorant on personals sites. Misspelled words, fragmented sentences, fake modesty, transparent bravado, shallow beliefs, misplaced haughtiness, gender confusion, the walking wounded…. Sometimes I can’t believe it. Unfortunately, I have no choice but to believe it, because it’s true. It happens to me repeatedly, like some recurring rash… I continue to get those kinds of mails.
I even started a special forum called Atypical Lesbians, to try to accommodate those who felt as I did. I saw it as a sort of Underground Railroad for chagrined, dispirited lesbians who wanted more from their lives and their people; those who wanted to rise above the mundane and stereotypical. I have simply lost my patience with the kind of mentality so commonly revealed in ads and emails from personals sites. Associating with those “types” just depresses me. But five months after I launched the forum, there’s very little activity, because apparently, there are not enough lesbians out there who are Atypical. Notwithstanding my good intentions, it’s not like you can bring any rise to the unleavened, as it were. This is another thing that Political Correctness helps keep afloat. No one speaks out, no one says this is not acceptable. It keeps us all from evolving. Some truths are still the truths, even if they are uncomfortable to some.
So…I am an individualist, non-conformist…among other things some would label “bitch.” Why is it that having standards for yourself and others, automatically relegates you to bitch-status? I don’t enjoy being so schismatic with my identity and the identity of others…but somehow if I don’t, I feel I will be sucked into the abyss. And if I’m going to be sucked into the abyss, I want it to be the Bliss Abyss, not the abyss of ignorance.
I suppose all this means I am also an Intellectual Separatist. I’m not judging the people, per se, just their behavior, their choices, and the surrounding issues that arise. But it’s often so hard to divide a subjective self-concept or cosmology from the objective universal ones. Meaning, some people have certain ideas about themselves, and anything that threatens it is rejected out of hand. Even if what they believe is inaccurate or delusional. They believe what they believe and sometimes can’t understand that beliefs are malleable; that evolution is predicated on questions and data-gathering; that what is true now, is not always written in stone; and perhaps most importantly, that if you don’t educate yourself and make learning your friend, you will be INCAPABLE of understanding the very concepts that might lead to inner peace and happiness. Contrarily, you also cannot make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. Ultimately everyone has to take the reins on their own buggy and guide it where they want it to go.
And then there’s that old Prime Directive (from Star Trek)–never interfere with the natural evolution of a species. I think that applies here, too. We can help when asked or when we think we might be able to LightSwitch someone; we can put our ideas out there and hope they are considered. But ultimately, everyone is on her own path, and what she learns has to be visceral. Ideas will only take you so far. Action is the defining element. And I can’t make anyone do anything they don’t want to do.