I'm not proud to be INFJ, gay, white, or male.
I AM proud to NOT be a divisive, all-or-nothing philosophical Identitarian masquerading my inadequacies through nationalistic bigotry. I'm calling out the radicals: alt-right, supremicists, fascists, and anyone else who might find the idea of self-reliance, responsibility, and personal agency as an affront to their identity.
We all have the ability to choose a life that is closer to what we want. And in doing so, I choose to not tear others down in order to bring myself up.
In this video, I'm asking those who follow strong identity-based views and 'group think' to broaden their horizons and to invite opposing ideas into your perspective.
By doing so, we each might just become a version of ourselves which is better-equipped to take steps forward.
Btw -- for those who may try, do not misconstrue my saying "I'm not to proud to be gay" is in no way disavowing the fact that I do indeed identify my sexual orientation as such. I am happy to have "come out" as such, and this label helps others to recognize that this is simply an aspect of my life -- a small facet within a much larger system that makes me who I am.
The choices I make considering all of these factors, is what I am most proud of. Given that I can be afforded the opportunity to overcome certain adversities is an opportunity. Given that I can be afforded to not HAVE to deal with the adversities of others, is a privilege I do not take lightly. I intend to do good for those around me regardless of identity, and it all starts with me realizing my potential to advocate for positive change for all of us -- not just those I relate to most.
A gay, white, cisgendered, male, American that hates being labeled, but understands the need for it to advocate change for all humans.
HERE IS THE TRANSCRIPT OF WHAT I WROTE SO FAR (unedited):
"I'm not proud to be gay.
There. I said it.
Maybe it's click-baity.
Maybe it's just the contrarian thing to do in this love them or hate them sociopolitical climate we find ourselves in.
Maybe it's just away for me to say the truth. My truth. And perhaps a truth I hope more share.
I am not proud.
I'm not proud to be gay.
I am not proud to be white.
I am not proud to be male.
I am not proud to be American.
Maybe this is because I feel so incredibly apathetic to the idea that something which may simply be attributed to the un/fortunate accident of circumstance. The disparity between fortune and unfortunate being perspective.
Through the perspective of existing within context, that which I'd argue is a placement within a system larger than one's self, which consists of many facets. These factors may be seen as matters of political, ideological, philosophical, biological, and other natures.
Most of which can be argued as given to the individual at birth and further refined and/or defined through opportunities seized (or not) based continuing circumstances. That it is to say, I believe one who is proud of their winning a specific circumstantial existence is woefully misguided in thinking they earned it.
And so it is with a sense of clarity -- and dare I say, a modest level of pride -- I am not proud of who I am biologically speaking. I am not proud of the time, place, or
I choose to be grateful for the mere fact I am alive. I recognize that I am fortunate enough to be able to seize opportunities afforded to me by the lucky accident of existence.
At least, accidental on my part – It would be unwise, arrogant, and perhaps a bit too prideful of me to assume I could know otherwise. Be that of a predestined fate which is guided by divine forces or billions of years of successful attempts at survival through evolution to create the person who sits here now writing this piece. I would be proud if I could. The truth is, I am fortunate to know that I simply exist and choose to do something about it.
Regardless of my fate being sealed by predetermined factors which got me here, I am cognizant that I am capable of making choices given the circumstances I am fortunate enough to have found myself in.
That is to say, regardless of what got you to where you are here and now, YOU are the only factor in choosing whether you will succumb fully to the momentum created by those circumstances or whether you will take that fateful step forward to create an existence that integral to you.
I am proud of the steps I take. Everey misstep has lead me to the position I find myself in and has given me new perspective from where I once stood. I am proud to choose to continue moving forward and seeing all that life has to offer in this great big system of so many facets. To that end, I am proud that I am fortunate enough to be an agent of change within this system -- whether I am capable of being...