The Political Polarization of Feelings and Logic: Why I’m Fearing For The Future

When it comes to YouTube, there are several voices I listen to, especially when I find their logic to be sound or at the very least; entertaining. Recently, I’ve been listening to a social scientist by the name of Aydin Paladin. Now, to her credit; she has an immense amount of grievous offenses towards the cancel culture and her Encyclopedia Dramatica page is no doubt loaded with out of context statements that she’d made years ago as well as her doxxed information. Even though that happened, she still has a following and is able to post content online in which she reads through immense amounts of research, most of which boggles my mind. This is so that she can cite several papers in her videos (which can be fact-checked easily with the information she’s given in order to prevent any possible miscacluation or errors on her part) in order to add scientific weight to the topics she discusses, whether that be the origins and nature of symbolism or lately, the effects of birth control.

Birth control, especially here in the US is a bit of a sore subject. Women seem to like their freedom to play the field and not have to worry about getting pregnant with an unwanted child. Most of the time, anyway. And honestly, who can blame them? However, Paladin’s video mentioned several unnoticed effects of birth control which may be impacting human relationships in ways that we do not yet understand, yet have enormous amounts of data to back up. I’m not going to get into those here, but let me just say that simply posting this video along with my findings and request to ask women who are not sexually active, nor could become pregnant or require the pill for any serious or fatal health issues to simply try going without it for a minimum of seven days. During those days, I asked that they would catalogue any oddities over the course of that time which would not normally occur. Following that, I asked that they would get back on the pill as normal and catalogue any differences from the prior week in order to provide a perfect compare and contrast. It’s something that I would do myself, just to see if there was any major or even minor changes in my body that weren’t present before. Some women do like to go on and off the pill at their discretion, so I would assume that for these women, such research would be easily gathered. Obviously, there are many types of the birth control pill, though many similar symptoms are recorded.

Most women ignored my message or they decided to do it and just didn’t say anything about it (I can’t discern for certain) but one came to attack me, saying that men shouldn’t think they know anything about women’s bodies. I’ll agree with her there. I don’t. However, this research and the video containing it was not done by a man, it was a woman. And if anyone knows best about a woman’s body and how it reacts, it would be another woman. She asks about the credibility of the scientist, the research involved and the types of pills used in the research. These are all good questions, though she’s rather dismissive of the research as she is speaking from a place of feelings than logic. Instead of, “Hmm… Let me at least watch the video and then draw my opinion from the facts presented” I am getting an outright refusal to even view the material. It was as if I was showing her a terrorist training video of some sort, which was certainly not the case. Though Aydin quips a few politically incorrect statements, she definitely allows the research to speak for itself, even if it is against something that she personally believes. That’s what a scientist is supposed to do after all, report the findings regardless of how one personally feels about them. Science is supposed to be based in facts and logic, there is absolutely no room for feelings. It is there that logic is lost.

Aydin Paladin is one of those like many others who have been thrown into the mystical realm of the “alt-right.” In internet culture, the alt-right are seen as some kind of massive white supremacy movement with a goal of a white ethnostate. Something I would consider rather silly, personally. I think that instead of having some white country and culture where people of one color feel “safer”, we should have a media that spreads more positive messages and less divisive rhetoric. In fact, I even know white women who won’t date white men because of what they’ve seen online and in the media. Though years ago, they wouldn’t have had an issue with it at all. It’s all propaganda and it has negative effects on society as a whole. I was born in a mixed neighborhood where I spent a lot of time from the early eighties to the mid-nineties. The area was right next to a major Air Force base, so it was a very mixed community. My neighbors and first childhood friends were black, and my small church was mixed. No one cared or batted an eye. I was exposed to a lot of ethnic culture and music, which I honestly quite loved at the time. I remember early hip hop music and the explosion of modern R&B. I’m not ashamed to admit that I would sing along with Boyz 2 Men, Bone Thugz N’ Harmony, The Fugees, Bryan McKnight and more when their videos would come on the TV before I had to be taken to school in the morning. My friend’s parents often gave me a ride there and back because of my mother’s busy schedule. I remember absolutely sucking at basketball, while playing against my extremely athletic friend. It’s true, white men can’t jump. At least, not me! During this whole time, I never thought to myself, “I would rather have white people here” because that just seemed silly. What was the difference? There were white people in the area, sure – but I never made any keen differences between any of them. I respected other cultures as they were introduced in my life, like Spanish and Korean for example. I just considered them part of life. To be honest, I hadn’t experienced a lick of racial hatred. We were too busy worried about what happened on Power Rangers or what new movies were coming out, or who had the latest game, or maybe even that song on the radio. There was never one moment in my childhood that I would have ever considered an ethnostate. Not ever. Different cultures made life interesting, after all. As high school came along, groups splintered off, but I again met all kinds of people from many different cultures. Did they all like me? No. But it wasn’t because I was white, I was bullied for the simple reason of not fitting in too well. I still had friends and such, just a lot of bullying on and off as I switched areas on the regular. Some schools liked me and others didn’t. Tower readers might also find it odd that I was really into nineties hip hop, or what was being played on MTV for that matter. I didn’t realize that many of those songs were edited almost completely, like Juvenile’s “Back That Ass Up” which was actually called “Back That Thing Up” in the video. Why MTV was so against the word “ass” I’ll never know. I feel that some of the best hip hop was coming out around that time though, arguably as MTV probably wasn’t the best source for underground hip hop, which I discovered later. I was actually into metal and hip hop music around the same time, but still had much to discover.

Then I was moved from my area into the deep south. That’s when I noticed something completely different. Groups separated into not just school cliques, but color. Sure, there was always the odd one out and they wouldn’t get upset with you if you chose to hang around them, but for the most part; there wasn’t a lot of mixing outside of classrooms and extracurricular events. But that’s also because words had been used to demonize someone based on race. Sure, I’d heard my stepfather use these words all the time, that’s just the kind of person he was and believe me, he’s not in my life now because of his antics – but I will tell you that I didn’t care for these words much myself. I’d even dated women who started using the words and it just became part of the lexicon I was introduced to for a while. I’d met some very dangerous and crazy people in my early twenties, but I’d also met some very kind people who provided the very definition of southern hospitality. That being said, because of the polarization, there were now areas that you just didn’t go. And you’d hear stories – bad stories, about people who ended up in the wrong part of town or something of that nature. It made you frightened, which is why fear propaganda sells so much these days. There’s no easier way to separate people than to throw them in groups and make them fear each other based on ridiculous statements and accusations. Our media is great at that, which the Smith-Mundt Modernization Act Of 2012 made certain of in the years since it has been passed.

Regardless, if you don’t believe the way that the other group does, there is such a degree of polarization that you are thrown into their alt-right garbage heap, even if you’re not a conservative. That being said, is Aydin a conservative? Well, considering she just demonized the word in a recent video explaining symbols, I wouldn’t say so. She did admit to voting for Trump but goes on to say that she doesn’t feel he has done what he set out to do and seems largely dissatisfied at this point. That being said, personal values, no matter how important they may have been to her position in the beginning; should not be a marker for her research. Certainly, the topics that she focuses her content around will contain a certain level of personal bias as that’s her freedom of opinion; but at least they’re coming with mounds of research data, which again; can be fact-checked at your leisure. As can what any other person on YouTube or a podcast states. The same can be said with me. Have any opposition to my opinion? Fine. I’d welcome data that supports the opposing views, just so long as it is actual data and not an opinion. I have been shut down by people who I definitely respect for having views that are not critical to the data, which was then given to me and caused a slight change in my position on a topic. Though these weren’t arguments, they were simply good data. Personal observation counts as well, so long as there is experience behind it. If I hypothetically asked you about a fast food burger and you claimed that you weren’t fond of it for some reason or another, I would at least like to know why. Observational data from that experience helps. Perhaps it looked unappealing or smelt terribly. Maybe the bun was like chewing styrofoam and the patty like gnawing on cardboard. These are all great reasons as to why someone may disagree with the fact that I recommended the sandwich. And for the record, fast-food is a terrifying habit that I would recommend breaking as soon as possible. I myself, struggle with this.

Perhaps I’ve gone on a bit too long, but surely you get the gist of what I’m trying to say here. If we are to deny facts and place those with logic that we can’t accept into a sort of hate group, then we are dooming ourselves to a painfully dehumanizing society where we’re better off as silent machines. We can’t deny science, as much as we would like and as much as it would crush our little hearts into bite-size pieces. We have to face reality with a rational mind and close the door on blind idealism. When you are young, idealism sounds like a fantastic idea and perhaps we can change a couple of things within a couple of stroll around the Sun, but those changes sometimes revert back or even change into something far beyond what we’d ever expected. It’s a bit foolish to think that society will simply do a backflip and make ten thousand years of progress in a couple of decades, but you certainly can’t blame these kinds of people. They have good intentions at heart, but the road to hell is often paved with those same good intentions.

What I do believe can fix our problems, is more of a reliance towards common logic and less of a reliance towards feelings. Scientific studies are performed for a reason. We can’t just ignore facts because they may not agree with our feelings towards a subject. The scientists themselves do not often expect an experiment to garner certain results and have probably had their hopes dashed numerous times. What’s more, is that these studies and statistics can help us understand certain underlying issues in society and how they might be fixed in the most beneficial way possible. We can’t simply walk into the world wearing our hearts on our sleeves. For if we do, they are liable to fall off and shatter. In an uncertain age as we currently live, arm yourself with facts and logic rather than the fear mongering spread by propaganda and corporate media arms. By doing this, we might just save the world as it were; which is more or less what most idealists want in the first place.

– The Grim Lord

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