Several days ago, I posted a link to my essay Concealment: Should I Have Used a Pen Name? in a private writers group on Facebook. The admin always holds links in mediation prior to approval. Usually the process takes a few minutes to an hour, but after a day went by, I figured I’d gone too far and he wasn’t going to approve it.
However, 24 hours later it appeared. Either he was too busy to approve of it prior to that time (doubtful, since he’d been active in the group all along), or he was pondering whether or not to approve it, maybe even consulting others.
Well, it was approved, and discussion in the group was pretty interesting and generally positive. That is, until this one, offered by an admin of another writers group to which I do not belong (and I don’t plan on asking to join):
Generally speaking, it’s hard to study the humanities and develop an appreciation of the arts and come away believing that militarism, class and racial divisions, the unlimited acquisition of money, religious dogma, adoration of dictators, etc. are wonderful things. More than anything else, that’s why artists and entertainers tend to be liberal (in the historical sense of western democracy and liberalism). …If you write mainly to make money, be assured there are markets for fiction catering to people who still think Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Jefferson Davis, and Richard Nixon were swell role models.
Here’s my response:
I sense a rebuke, [name redacted], but one of the points of my wee missive has to do with being judged by my “labels” and not as a human being. Let me know when you stop thinking of me as a stereotype. Thanks.
This fellow proved my point in a nutshell. From his perspective, people in the “arts” are overwhelmingly liberal and leftist for the points he made above, but get this. Anyone who isn’t on board with that perspective, may well be seen in the light of “militarism, class and racial divisions, the unlimited acquisition of money, religious dogma, adoration of dictators” as well as spiritual associates with “Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Jefferson Davis, and Richard Nixon.”
Really. It’s that polar. Either you soar with the progressive angels or you are slumming with the greatest mass murders in human history.
Granted, this is only one person’s opinion, but I am concerned that it represents a lot of folks who have studied “the humanities and have developed an appreciation for the arts,” people who are more than ready to stereotype the rest of us.
This won’t be a lengthy article. Mr. “I am freely virtue signaling today” is just another confirmation of the blind bias that seems to be prevalent in the “humanities.” While some people of faith tend to be heavy on “religious dogma,” I seriously doubt my critic could possibly understand any other reason for a person to turn to the Creator, and that their faith might produce positive and beneficial actions for individuals and groups as opposed to “class and racial divisions.”
More’s the pity.