There’s a thing that happens on FB groups and elsewhere that really drives me nuts.
It’s when someone posts something of an informative nature, and then someone else tries to amplify this and gets blowback from the original poster, accusing them of trying to – I don’t know? Pare down their purity? Steal their spotlight? Oust them as the authority in a discussion? Rob them of their uniqueness?
It’s as if some people cannot bear to be part of a larger whole – as if they need to be the only whateverist in the world, bravely speaking out – the lone voice in the wilderness of Whateverishness – and How Darest Thou…come on here and be whateveristic in my space?
It’s as if they have become so wedded to their role as “The Whateverist” that any other voice somehow takes something away from them.
I don’t know for sure, but it feels to me like one tiny step away from the “I’m not like ‘other girls’” riff some of us do when we’re sixteen and trying to hang out with the guys.
It’s not limited to any one subject or political stance or religious sect, either. I’ve seen the same refrain from stay-at-home moms, and from supervisors in fast food joints.
(And let’s not even start with “libertarians”. Apparently, every single one of you is doing it wrong, as per every other libertarian…)
This need to be the One, True Whatever – maybe it’s “human nature”. Maybe it’s the competitive forces of a capitalistic society. Maybe it’s down to lousy toilet training.
Or maybe it’s a kind of pathology.
I don’t know.
But it needs to stop.