I did a spoof video asking why there isn't a "White Male Appreciation Month." And though I knew it was tongue and cheek, it wasn't until a handful of of people, who were offended by it, made me have to go and think through why I found it funny. And after a little scratching of the surface and kicking it around in my brain, I finally realized not only why I found it funny, but why it truly is funny:
ANY "Appreciation Month," no matter which class or race or gender it celebrates, is stupid.
Permit me to explain.
In the video I (rightly) point out white males made, "well...everything." But the punchline is that deep down inside, I am not a single one of those white males.
I didn't invent electricity.
I didn't invent flight.
I didn't invent any medicine or vaccines.
And I didn't invent the auto-mobile.
Matter of fact, like most white males, I haven't invented or done much of jack with my life.
But if we are to follow the logic of any race's "Appreciation Month" that shouldn't matter. It shouldn't matter if we personally, individually didn't achieve anything. It shouldn't matter if we sat on our asses all day drinking beer and playing video games. It shouldn't matter if we're collecting a check, getting bailed out of our mortgage, or having illegitimate children. All that matters is the color of your skin, your gender, your sexual preference, and BOOM! You "magically" are entitled to just as much pride and respect as the individuals in your respective group who actually did do something of merit and worth.
So because I'm a white male, I'm some how responsible and deserve respect for the accomplishments of Albert Einstein, Neils Bohr and John Oppenheimer.
And if you're a black male you are somehow responsible and deserve respect for the achievements of Duke Ellington, President Obama, 50 Cent, and the Tuskegee Airmen.
And both of us could be drugged out methheads with 4 illegitimate children and criminal records.
Naturally there are several things wrong with this logic.
First, why is it only the good accomplishments? Shouldn't it go both ways? Germans should have a huge complex right about now because not only are they responsible for jets, rockets, the auto-mobile, nuclear power, and space travel, they're also responsible for the Holocaust, two world wars, and the Nazi human experimentation projects. Thus, just as it would be stupid for a German today to take pride in German achievements 50 years ago, it would be just as stupid to blame him for German atrocities 50 years ago.
Second, what if because of history, geography and things outside of your "group's" control, they didn't achieve much? I'm still waiting for the day the NAACP and various other black groups cite and celebrate STEM heroes in the black community instead of the litany of never-heard of "civil rights leaders" or "Maya Lou Angelo" subpar-"artists." Couldn't you cite Thomas Sowell? How about Dr. Benjamin Carson? Herman Cain? In part you don't see these genuine heroes of the black community cited is because of politics. In part it is the political nature of these "appreciation months" to paint the group as a victim to beget additional taxpayer monies. But (sadly) another reason is that due to slavery, history, geography, etc., many people in many groups did not have the opportunity, and thus no track record of great achievers to point to as mentors and models.
Ergo, what? Are some groups condemned to really lame heroes? Are the real heroes going to be hidden for political reasons? Are aspiring youth in different groups going to have lower bars and standards?
Only if you make them think their heroes MUST be of the same group they are.
And this gets to the truly disgusting, criminal, even outright evil aspect of these "appreciation months" - It destroys and murders the individual by replacing individual accomplishment and achievement with a trait you were born with.
It's important that all people of all groups understand this because there is a genuine evil out there that wishes to destroy the one thing you have in life - yourself. And if you don't understand this and realize the threat this poses to your life, you will waste your one precious life on this planet. Thus, it is vital you pay attention to the next couple paragraphs.
If you're like me or any other human your "self," your "consciousness," what you experience in life is not affected by your gender, your skin color, or your sexual preference. Like me you wake up and your brain says, "Hey, I'm here." It sees the world through the same way mine does, through our eyes, and the electrical chemical impulses shooting through your brain cells result in the same physical and mental experience every human has. This experience is universal across all humans of all types. It isn't until you take the time to purposely look at your arm do you notice a different in the color of your skin or bother to look down your pants do you notice a difference in sex.
However, those "traits" are things you were born with. You did nothing to earn a "vagina" just as I did nothing to earn "white skin." They define your physical self, but not your life, your accomplishments, your adventures, or your experiences that ultimately will go into and make up "you." Thus these physical traits have no real value and to place value on them is stupid. This is why I don't wake up every morning and look at my arms and say, "My goodness, look how white I am! I am so awesome!" Nor do I wake up, look down my pants and say, "Shucks howdy! Look at how male I am!!! I'm totally *ahem* 'blessed'." Nor do most of you because, well, you're sane.
But the same cannot be said of many other people. Professional race pimps, feminists, "Appreciation Month" professionals, the "Privilege Clergy," and people otherwise psychotically (or politically) obsessed with traits they were born with and never their accomplishments. And not to simplify it (though it is that simple), but these people can cumulatively be identified as the left.
Understand precisely how evil and despicable the left is when they demand more emphasis and value be put on traits than they do individual accomplishments. They tell you that you only have value because of characteristics you were born with. Something completely out of your control. And that conscious you, the person inside that skull of yours with dreams and hopes and desires, the one thing that is the true you and identifies you, is worthless.
It doesn't matter if you achieve anything great or unique.
It doesn't matter if you want to experience a different life.
It doesn't matter if you want to think differently and make this one shot at consciousness on this planet truly and uniquely yours.
And it doesn't matter if your brain has the capacity and ability for greatness.
No, you are black and condemned to a life of failure and racism.
No, you are female and condemned to a life of pay gaps and sexism.
No, you are gay and condemned to suffer at the hands of "straight-privileged" Christians.
The real issue is whether you're going to believe them or not. If you identify them for the political scum they are, dividing and pitting difference groups of Americans against one another for political gain, you will not waste this one precious and finite life you have and will achieve your own individual greatness. But if you fall for it and actually believe you're "oppressed" and "discriminated against, " so much so to the point you actually put more value on your skin color or sex than your accomplishments, then the left has won, they stole your life, and you as an individual have been murdered.