Brute Reason

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Being hurt by something hurtful is rational. In fact, I’d argue it’s a smart evolutionary move, developed to protect people from hurtful things. Not just in the physical sense — okay, let’s not eat that again — but in the emotional one, too, because emotions clearly influence overall health, wellbeing, and happiness. The brain is doing a smart and good thing by telling me ‘hey, that wasn’t fun, let’s make a point of not being around that person in the future, because that person is clearly a jerk.’

Has that person made me feel inferior? Yes. Did I consent to it? No. I did not. And this is perhaps the thing that makes me angriest of all about this quote, the idea that people who are harmed by cruelty are just too passive, are just asking for it, should just be stronger and they’ll get over it. I don’t want to live in a world where people should be strong and shut up. I want to live in a world where people actually care about each other and work to protect and support each other given that right now, this is a place where passing few things come with kindness or love.

On Inferiority and Consent | this ain’t livin’

Yup. People assume that my being hurt or taking offense at things is somehow evidence that I have “thin skin” and can’t possibly survive in this world and isn’t evolutionarily adapted to Real Life and need their assistance in making me Rational.

Actually, the fact that I get hurt when people try to hurt me is probably the reason I’ve built up such an amazing social network. Because I will NOT TAKE YOUR SHIT.

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