Brot ist bekanntlich fast eine Religion in Deutschland. Brot wurde von der UNESCO sogar zum Weltkulturerbe erklärt – deutsches Brot gibt es in einer Vielfalt von tausenden Sorten. Kein Wunder, dass sich deutsche Auswanderer nach diesem heimischen Produkt sehnen. Mach dich in den Staaten besser auf eine Bagel-Diät statt Roggenbrot gefasst – es sei denn, du scheust den Aufwand nicht, eine Bäckerei zu suchen, in der das Backen noch als Kleinhandwerk ausgeführt wird.
A propos Handwerk: mittlerweile gibt es in den USA eine ganze Reihe an hervorragenden Mikrobrauereien, die hochwertiges ‘Craft-Beer’ produzieren. So muss man sich nur noch daran gewöhnen, dass in Pints statt Litern serviert wird…
Social constructs in themselves edge into personal liberties, but the lingering effect of being able to “block” an undesirable advertisement or, more commonly, literally “silencing” a person (whom you have never met in person) and throwing them in the trash can has become a negative influence on our grasp of reality.
Even worse is the self-empowerment which this “medium” gives all of us — including me.
We can take a mental “swipe” at somebody without fear of retribution.
This has produced the “Social Justice Warrior” attitude and has let it morph into a justified classification of civility or “normal behavior.” Rosa Parks may have held onto her seat but she did not flaunt it nor did she attempt to convince the masses around her that she was justified in her defiance. She simply sat and allowed both the driver and the observers (in themselves SJW’s) to arrive at their own conclusions. The unjust laws in Montgomery, Alabama were exposed.
Zeitgeist. There was no internet when that bus driver hailed the authorities. There was no opportunity for sympathizers to collect and show solidarity from the comfort of their bedroom wearing bunny slippers and sipping on an unhealthy beverage and passing gas in reckless abandon.
The concept of “victim mentality” was once again the brilliant idea of “social justice” made by The International Review of the Red Cross and was emblazoned by The University of Cambridge Press in 2009. Not really an original concept, by the way.
However, the desire of sympathy is crucial in that the mere experience of a harmful event is not enough for the emergence of the sense of being a victim. In order to have this sense there is the need to perceive the harm as undeserved, unjust and immoral, an act that could not be prevented by the victim. The need to obtain empathy can then emerge.
Back to Reality. Displaced cultures forced to flee bombing raids does not equate to today’s version of SJW in a limp protest at Trump Tower or even a Black Lives Matter march in Ferguson.
Liberals: Get a Life.
If you need a list of things that will improve your state of mind or expand your comfort zone or even create a broader safe-space it won’t take too much energy to make one. Or do you need me to make it for you? Now that would be unjustified.