In recent times, it seems to be the “trendy” thing for “social justice warriors” (SJWs) to attach “phobia” to the end of, just about anything and everything, without thinking about what the word “phobia” means. Phobia is a Greek word meaning “fear”.
It's interesting, SJWs seem to assume, anyone who disagrees with something must be afraid of it. Those who prefer Coca-Cola and dislike Pepsi are not Pepsiphobic, they simply chose Coca-Cola over Pepsi.
There's a recent campaign that has people going door to door to “educate” people, on the “misunderstandings” about a certain religion, to combat a “phobia” toward their belief. While a small minority of people may literally fear their religion, and may discriminate against them for it, the vast majority of people are healthy and have no such imagined phobia, it's more an “over-concern” in the minds of those going door to door.
I wonder if people who have made up this and other supposed “phobias”, have stopped to think, regarding the vast majority of the resistance they get, that it's not from people who are afraid of them or their ideas, but simply from people who disagree with accepting the fear that causes the extreme view they promote. I think SJWs need to be reminded that other people have every right to disagree with anyone and anything they want to, as long as that disagreement is done in a dignified manner. That's called freedom. The day we are no longer allowed to publicly disagree with a person, an idea, and yes, even a religion, we have lost our freedom, and no longer live in a free society.
The persistence of some groups to combat “phobias” that exist only in their own minds, reminds me of when a person has extreme insecurities. You know, the person who is constantly asking if people like them or not. Most people have no issue with a person trying to be socially conscientious, until they start constantly asking if “everyone likes” them. It's the continual asking of this question that starts to get on people's nerves, and even some of the people who liked them stop choosing to, because of their persistence. It becomes way too much work, extremely high maintenance and all, so forced, and becomes a form of social and emotional blackmail, it can backlash. Insecurities are often self-fulfilling prophecies.
The other side of the coin is, no, not everyone will accept other's ideas, and that's perfectly alright. Any idea that can be expressed, has an opposite view point, this is not rejection of a person, just the idea. Which means for anything you believe in, there is someone somewhere who believes differently or even the exact opposite. This is just a simple fact of living in this world, and it's something we all have to accept, if we want to grow up healthy. The alternative is living in constant fear of people disagreeing with you.
Why do some connect that to fear? Because others disagree doesn't mean you are unacceptable as a person. That's taking things way too far! It's just an idea not your whole being. Why do some give away so much emotional power to the opinions of others. Isn't that interesting, “fear of people disagreeing with you”? In other words, constantly assuming people are afraid of you or your ideas, is a phobia in itself.
I'm sure the ideas I'm expressing will get me branded a (fill in the blank) phobic, but you know what? It doesn't bother me, because I recognize it's impossible for everyone to agree with everyone, and you have every right to disagree with, or even dislike, my opinion. In fact, I support your right to disagree with me. Mature discussion, without accusation, is the cornerstone of freedom.
So instead of assuming our ideas trump everyone else's ideas, and we all have to agree, right then in that moment, and those “dissidents who disagree” are “phobic”, why don't we simply hold our own opinions, and respect people's rights to hold their own.
After all, isn't that “supposed to be” the intention of the SJWs? If everyone has a right to freedom of public expression, religion, and ideas, then everyone has the same right to disagree with each others public expression, religion, and ideas.
So let's stop reducing the impact of the word “phobia” by using it so loosely, and let's be OK with people disagreeing with us, it doesn't mean they're afraid. It could just mean they're free.
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