Social justice movements tend to spring up around issues that most people don’t get. Social justice movements tend to spring up around issues that, to most people, don’t seem to matter that much. If people understood that the issues mattered, then organized movements to promote them wouldn’t be necessary.
Until their issues are properly understood, most social justice movements, almost by definition, are going to look whiny to most people. If you can’t understand why the things people are complaining about matter, those people are going to look whiny to you. That is, they’re going to look like they’re complaining about things that don’t matter.
Something to keep in mind when you’re thinking about accusing people in a social justice movement of being whiny: every social justice movement looks whiny if you don’t understand their issues. A lot of the time, the fact that calling attention to their issues is perceived as whiny is precisely the reason why the movement is necessary in the first place.
In themselves, all emotional states of being just are. They can have negative impact if we deny their existence, thereby denying healing for their potential to do harm to self and others. Or they can have negative impact if we express them in unhealthy and inappropriate ways. Likewise, they can have a positive impact if we embrace them and allow them to transform into empowerment through our unconditional acceptance and intent. Or they can have a positive impact if we express them in healthy and appropriate ways.
For example, fear as a warning to danger is a positive thing. Fear as an obstacle to making needed changes is a negative thing. Whether an emotion is positive or negative really depends on how it is used. Still, for most people, unpleasant emotions are perceived as negative and pleasant emotions, positive.
- from that piece
that kept popping up this morning. you know, nearly everyone i know says they dont like
to be angry. for me, that unpleasant emotion is strongly positive. im bit by the contrition and mortification-at-own-ignorance unpleasant emotional experience bugs, as well. (via curioustoned