Andy McDandy wrote: ↑
Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:50 am
A while ago I read something saying that in other parts of the world that have suffered wars and genocides, there is in some circles an anger that so much attention is placed upon the European holocaust, while others are seemingly relegated in importance. To the point that some say that it only gets the attention it does because everyone involved in it was white (see also the attitude to Nazism in, for example, south east Asia, where you'll find much less of a revulsion with Nazi imagery because "Hitler didn't do anything to us"
Meanwhile, IMHO and in very simplistic terms, with reference to the above and the broader masses it is the case that every single one of us lives in a bubble. Some live in much larger bubbles than others, but it's still a bubble. It is physically and mentally impossible to care about every single thing that goes on in the bubble you are surrounded in let alone what happens outside it, thus people try to rationalise what they should focus on and deem more important over certain periods of time. This in turn leads to occasional self questioning one's morals & actions. Conflicting feelings and emotions are natural - humans aren't by & large robotic machines with no outlet for empathy, and most people find issues close to home much more important than those occurring several thousand kilometres away.
But there is a big difference in acknowledging this conflict of reason and emotion where you try to strike a fair balance and even be willing to admit sometimes "I don't know" against someone or something that just revels in their hypocrisy with either active ignorance or open selfishness, just as long as they & their kin are alright and fuck everyone else. The former seeks to allow their bubble to be absorbant to info that seeps in from outside, to allow possible new thinking & evidence to the matter at hand - but the latter not only wants their bubble to be impenetrable but even sometimes would prefer to constrict it by "disposing" of thoughts, facts and ideas that may give rise to personal conflict. I suppose it is summed up as "ignorance is bliss". Hey, it's complicated and it always will be, but in my experience we are a largely a species that cooperates best through subsidiaritism - and that ultimately means that the bubbles we live in will have a perpetual existence.