99% of online discourse about politics is socially and emotionally stunted losers trying to justify being toxic to other people in order to feel better about their own shit. Emotional damage is more common than ever, and a lot of people turn to this as their outlet of choice (to other and dehumanize randos without social consequences). None of this behavior will actually change the world for the better though. Every person in the furry subculture could die tomorrow and the entire world would barely notice (everyone would forget in a week). The real difference this behavior actually causes is...how fun and safe it actually is to be a furry. The difference is the worry and fear people have to feel when they talk to new faces, take commissions, etc. It's the way our interactions have become policed. It's how material they are now. Every interpersonal connection needs to be meticulously scrutinized for acceptability, lest the angry mob of emotional damage try to drive YOU to suicide next due to your "problematic friends".
People trying to encourage some random antisocial furries on the autism spectrum to commit suicide (via social lynching) over a random bad take they shared at...some point in time...was never going to make the world a better place. Don't kid yourself. If you want to see someone grow as a person, you have to do the unthinkable: you have to talk to them. You have to be patient. You have to listen to them and get their perspective. You have to be kind, and share your own perspective. You have to grow together as people. But none of this rewards you with clout. In fact: it stands to reduce your clout as other clout-starved furries use your goodwill as a bludgeon to attack your reputation with (to gain more clout for themselves). It's hard to see a way out of this self-fulfilling prophecy the subculture finds itself in without understanding the mechanisms in play here and how they damage the subculture as a whole.
If you actually care about politics...stop worrying about furries. We're an extremely insignificant bunch. There is no way to make the world a better place by worrying about or changing what furries think. There is literally zero reason to be an emotionally invested political furry on the Internet given the social stigma attached to doing so, and how that limits your audience. Actually caring about politics enough to make a difference means getting involved locally and going from there. You know, as a real person and not some cartoon character you beat it to. It means actually talking to people in person and solving issues in your local area. I'd be genuinely surprised if many of these big "political furry" accounts on social media were even aware of their local issues. I think for most of them, they just like the way the happy brain chemical feels when their latest cancel post hits four figures.
If you still find yourself actually wanting to care about the opinions of random furries and you want to convince people of things, though: ditch social media. That shit's useless. Talk to people privately instead. Practice basic interpersonal respect. Understand that quitting your clout addiction means that you will be attacked by other clout addicts. Accept that. Understand that to get rid of the toxic clout system, a LOT of people will have to be attacked by others for showing basic respect for others and having actual conversations with them. You don't actually have to endorse someone's every thought to talk to them, you know that...right? That said...I have my doubts that this is even possible. Furries are largely too greedy and self-serving. That's how we got into this situation in the first place.
1 month ago
13 Aug 2021 00:38 CEST