Leading by Example

Hey everyone,

So I was washing my hands after my pilgrimage to the loo when I had a thought, as you do.

There are so many types of people who blog and there will be all sorts of disagreements about what is OK and what isn’t. The trans woman of colour, the white cis man, the democrat, the republican, the non-binary anarchist … and they were so hot too … but anyway, what I was trying to say before my imagination derailed me, was that everyone has their place in this world. People are going to think that their opposite is wrong on so many levels and I have that myself.

The thing about this is that we are all humans who need love. The republican friend with the traditional nuclear family is just as human as the non-binary person living in a polycule.

I will stand up for the rights of those who can’t defend themselves. I will try to smooth the way between opposing sides. What I will not do is say “oh, she’s white” or “oh, hhe’s thin” and think that that makes the person automatically unworthy of love. What I tend to do is to lead by example. I meet a person and treat them the way they treat me. I will give an example of how this kind of thing works in a situation that maybe isn’t so globally explosive.

There is prejudice against a lot of blind people from the sighted majority but there is also prejudice the other way. I often hear “those awful sightlings have no clue” or “I would never have a relationship with a sighted person”. I have to admit, when I was younger, I was just as prejudiced and in some ways, I still am.

I have met lovely blind people, awful sighted people, and exactly the other way around. People are going to be who they are whether their eyes work or not. It’s the same in other minorities.

this world is going mad and people are becoming artificially fragmented by having to stay in their own groups. I won’t do that. I give love where I need it and listen and learn when I can so the other points of view are at least glympsed. It does not mean that I agree with people who oppress and it does not mean that I am a “damned socialist” or a “bloody fascist”. It means that I practise diversity in that I lead by example.

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