There is immense silent agony in the world, and the task of man is to be a voice for the plundered poor, to prevent the desecration of the soul and the violation of our dream of honesty.So there was a post making the rounds in fandom this week, about how someone is sick of the ~PC Brigade~ and their bullying, and shouldn't we all be focusing on real problems?
The more deeply immersed I became in the thinking of the prophets, the more powerfully it became clear to me what the lives of the Prophets sought to convey: that morally speaking, there is no limit to the concern one must feel for the suffering of human beings, that indifference to evil is worse than evil itself, that in a free society, some are guilty, but all are responsible.
Abraham Joshua Heschel; emphasis mine
IDK. I've taken a few steps back from fandom recently, because it just took so much out of me. But I kept starting posts and then they would turn into me responding to that one, so what the hell.
( Here we go. Contains not only what others have called 'reductio ad absurdum', but also arguably 'reductio ad Hitlerum'. )
Microaggressions are not nothing. They are not less-important or unimportant versions of macroaggressions; rather, micro- and macroaggressions are both symptoms of the same problems. Taking notice of and talking about the subtle, everyday ways we hurt each other is not nothing. And I have never seen evidence that an increased capacity to notice the subtle everyday injustices inevitably leads to a decreased capacity to devote energy to the blatant, violent, and large-scale injustices. Just the opposite: the greater one's capacity to notice and appreciate and be troubled by the ways we hurt each other and perpetuate unjust systems, the greater, in my experience, one's capacity to be appalled and outraged by the blatant, violent, large-scale, and inevitable conclusions of those perpetuations.
TL;DR: this is from Mishkan T'filah, a Reform Jewish siddur and the one that my temple uses. Between that and the Heschel quote, I think you can get the gist.
We oughtn't pray for what we've never known,IDK. I'm not sure I'm up for a big extensive discussion, but comments are on, including anonymous ones, with the caveat that I'm not sure I'll have the time or energy to do a whole lot of debating.
and humanity has never known
Better to pray for pity,
the will to see and touch,
the power to do good and make new.
Baruch atah, Adonai, ham'vareich et amo Yisrael bashalom.
ETA: A few people have asked -- linking is absolutely fine, and I'm honored that people have found it useful as a response.