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It is shared values and shared humanity that make civilization--and the lack of these things, the insistence on an ethnic or sexual identity that none but members of that identity can share is indeed very destructive. Mark Twain understood Huck as well as Jim; many a male writer has created convincing female characters; many a writer has produced a story line peopled with characters from locales and ethnicities not shared by the writer. The willingness to explore other worlds in writing and art is not "cultural appropriation" but it is cultural appreciation and it is empathy.

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Not all of us fit well on the liberal-conservative axis. It's tiresome when so many studies try to place everyone somewhere along it.

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Sadly, this isn't a new ideology. One has only to look at the worldview of the German National Socialist Workers' Party to find a perfect example. The major difference is they used Jews instead of whites as the "out" group. Pretending this is new not only gives the idea credibility it doesn't deserve, it obscures the linkage in terms of tactics and methods between these two ideologies. Race essentialism is not only destructive, it tends to be a one-way street to a very poor outcome.

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I’m on board with the authors’ main points. But it’s a bit jarring to see Eckhart Tolle quoted as ego expert. The authors may like him, but I don’t think he’s the best “authority” to cite.

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It jarred to read Pauli Murray described by the slur "queer": Pauli Murray was a lesbian. The terms are not equivalent.

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Our selves are by their nature, conflicted. They start with the 'I' and the 'Me' (the generalized notion we shape of how others view us). Then we have all the added qualities of family history, religion or the lack or it, education, local customs, folklore and such. We also have a relation to production of 'class.' We are employed, self-employed, or employers. Each of these has a contending outlook. But 'race'? Race is a fake construct designed by our rulers to keep us ruled, especially the notion of a 'white race' on top. We would do well to abolish it, along with the other colors. We still have our ancestries and such, but they have some reality to them that make people interesting. That we can celebrate. But dump 'the white race' as a conceptual identity. It's only meant to keep us down.

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Jun 17, 2023·edited Jun 19, 2023

Pauli Murray was not a "he." This is a presumptuous, post-mortem misgendering based on trans ideology. There is no evidence whatsoever that Murray thought of herself as a man. I can't even say "identified" because these terms and concepts were not in vogue at the time. In current parlance, Murray was a gender-nonconforming lesbian who preferred sometimes to dress in men's clothes. In fact, her achievements and commitment to women's empowerment were explicit and wide-ranging.

By the way, there was no such thing as a "queer" category in her day, since post-modernism and the gay rights movement were decades away. It's anachronistic to use that term in this context.

Perhaps the authors of this post thought they were being progressive and cutting-edge, offering a new, updated, better understanding of a remarkable Black female icon. But as Abigail Shrier eloquently put it in her book "Irreversible Damage," you've subjected Pauli Murray to a "baptism of the dead," attaching a trans identity to her where none existed. Please read the attached short, but succinct, biography of Murray and HER many achievements. Thank you.

https://thevelvetchronicle.com/grave-robbers-declare-pauli-murray-was-not-a-woman/

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Ego is present when and wherever an identity label is self-applied, right, left, center or anywhere else on any spectrum. It's the narcissism, the sense of entitlement, and most of all the victimhood mentality that is so damaging. CRT/DEI posits that justice is impossible and the world is an evil place, where racism is the source of every ill. Who wouldn't be miserable if they believed that? The authors miss the larger point. These unhappy people know full well that they're unhappy. They revel in it. They choose to be miserable because of the sense of romantic nobility they believe their suffering imparts to them. Having once been a Catholic, I understand how people (mis)use their own suffering, turning it into a proof of their own spiritual purity. It's sick, masochistic, and totally ego driven. I see some skeptics on here about Tolle. I get it it. I'm not into the woo-woo either, but having read his books, I can attest that they do contain wisdom, mainly because they are grounded in the established traditions of both Western psychology and Buddhism, not simply some claptrap made up by the author, as is so much in the self-help business world.

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Pauli Murray was a woman, and while gender atypical there seems no reason to refer to her as “he.” It’s possible that she would have embraced the title of transgender if she was born at a different time. It is also possible that she would have embraced herself as a gender atypical lesbian who could see herself as represented in the idea that there is no correct way to be a woman. We don’t know.

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The tribe of one sure does sound like a lonely type of existence. But this article takes several leaps beyond "tribe of one" to equate that first with ego-centered existence and then to a liberal mentality in contrast to American conservatism. Both those leaps of logic are not entirely warranted. Consider the argument in reverse: are all liberals ego-centered? are conservatives NOT ego-centered? Surely some of the most ego-centric, socially impervious individuals on our national stage are GOP and MAGA. So, this logic fails.

Consider also: that being lost in depersonalization is pretty much the complete opposite of "ego-centric". Depersonalization and derealization are semi-psychotic states, not associated with a strong ego. That tribe of one who suffers depersonalization and derealization needs health-care, not political castigation.

Consider also: a strong, healthy ego (also called a "personality") is essential to healthy social life.

Maybe liberals see more of the actual problems with our contemporary civilization. Huge problems like anthropogenic climate change, massive extinctions, the massive incarceration rates in the USA and so forth: yes, those can put a damper on mental health. Ignoring those might let conservatives feel better, but that sense of well-being is like an ostrich with its head in the sand.

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I try to hold my identity lightly and am irked when categorized by my physical particulars and cultural origins. These are characteristics I see as trivial compared to ways of attending-learning, emoting-thinking, acting and growing. I think it's unhelpful to redefine "tribe" and to redefine "egoism" as a "tribe of one". It does allow the authors say that egoism leads to egoism. I'm also boggled by statements that egoism may destroy a belief in spirit worlds and that happiness requires a blind certainty.

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There is much that is objectionable about the woke left's criticism of individualism and its embrace of monolithic racial, ethnic and gender identity groups.

However, it beggars belief to assert, as the authors do, that:

"[T]he 'tribe of one' ideology is a major contributor to loneliness and poor mental health. Several studies have shown a consistent pattern wherein conservatives report better mental health than liberals."

This highly reductionist analysis is oblivious to the many other variables that can determine whether someone is struggling with loneliness and mental health problems. Common sense suggests that the "tribe of one" ideology is not nearly sufficiently pervasive among American liberals to cause a measurable degradation in their mental health. I submit that it takes effort and even intentionality to tap into the woke identitarian discourse, and that most liberals are unfamiliar with the particulars.

For one thing, the liberals who are most likely to think of themselves as, say, "members of the (insert name of marginalized identity group) community" constitute about less than half - 40 percent - of Democratic voters., according to Pew. Again, though, there really is no way of knowing whether four out of ten Dems are lonely and mentally unwell because of their embrace of identity politics. To rule out other causal factors more research is required.

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The think-tank impulse is to divide everyone, so no one has the power to stand-up to the richest and most powerful. To label liberals as less happy belies the truth that liberals are more introspective, and we are not stuck in the status quo. Climate change is real, wealth disparities are real and personal freedom is real. Proud to be Woke.

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If you're not anxious and paranoid, you're not paying attention.

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If you're not anxious and paranoid, you're not paying attention.

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Tribe of one mentality is not surprising considering the number of unintelligent, self absorbed, narcissistic and entitled people we have rounding out the population these days, reinforced by an always on, social media blitz of self aggrandizing buffoonery. The tyranny of the dumb is strong in our world.

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