Cracked: Another Conservative’s Journey to the Non-Stupid Side
Some of you may remember when I posted a Page that told my own personal story of “conversion” from full-on right-wing asshole to a social liberal and fiscal moderate. The following Cracked article illustrates much the same principle, and it proves the point that how we treat people matters. If we refuse to let ourselves get baited by trolls, and we conduct ourselves with intelligence and sanity, it will make a difference. We may never know it, but that shouldn’t discourage us.
I know a lot of liberal-leaning types think that backwards conservatives (especially Trump voters) can never change, because they’ve never seen such a change. They’ve never seen someone go from saying “ALL LIVES MATTER BETA CUCK SNOWFLAKE” to suddenly saying, “Oh no, racism is systemic.” And no public, visible conversions mean it must not happen, or it must be super rare.
But wait. We all know nobody likes to admit they are wrong, but did you know nobody likes to admit they were until very recently wrong? A lot of people change quietly and play it like they were on the right side the whole time, whistling innocently. I did. I used to think poor people were poor because they were lazy. I used to think sexism and racism were over. I used to think Christianity was “under fire” in the U.S. I used to think corporations were so much more efficient than government and we needed those clever, no-nonsense businessmen in charge of our corrupt, bureaucratic government. Now I get yelled at for being a politically correct “SJW” who wants handouts for everybody.
How did this real-life conversion happen? Let’s start at the beginning.