I had a bit of a social crusader phase when I was younger, but now I don’t see why the narrow-minded of the world aren’t entitled to their bastions of ridiculousness. I encounter enough complicated experiences without entering into unnecessary systems of complexity.
Discrimination is a terrible practice, and it’s one I don’t support in any form. But on an individual level, it’s silly to remain where you aren’t wanted. While it might seem noble to fight for what’s right, it doesn’t do your soul or your life any good when you waste it fighting hopeless battles that aren’t winnable.
For example, there are groups of good people who seek for greater inclusion of gays and lesbians in the Roman Catholic church. Mostly, these are Catholics who have been discriminated against or damaged by the church. But since the Catholic church has long held beliefs that are incompatible with reason and with being gay, why do these reasonable gay and lesbian people want to be part of this religious group?
For that matter, why do women or African Americans want to be part of country clubs long dominated by old white men? And why do people with disabilities want to work in workplaces that must be forced to be friendly toward them?
Discrimination is a bad thing, but so is putting yourself in a position to be discriminated against.
I know there are arguments that groups should be more inclusive, that there’s no way to conduct business or be fulfilled without being a part of society’s fixtures and about not being able to find work of any sort without forcing oneself through a non-compliant door, but I try to disassociate myself from as many systems as possible. And I recommend others do the same.
Whenever possible and whenever I get my way, I like to leave ridiculous people to their bastions of ridiculousness and make my own way.
Let others have whatever they want, and move on with your life. Don’t you agree?