New Alpha Unit post. This one is pretty nice; I like it.
People have asked me what she’s doing here. I met her on Abagond’s blog and we started emailing. It was contentious at first, but then she calmed down. Mostly, she could not understand me, but hardly anyone does. I told her that she wrote well and invited her to the site. Actually, I’ve invited a number of people of both genders and various races, but most don’t take me up. I have high standards here, but she was good enough.
She was flattered. She’s a college grad with an English major and a frustrated writer like millions are. She’d never been published anywhere. I encouraged her, because at first she was insecure like a lot of writers are.
She agrees with me about a lot of things. Also, she boosts my anti-racist credentials. This blog was turning into a racist blog, if you just looked at the commenters. That’s not what I’m about, and I wanted to steer it back in a more appropriate direction. AU has been good for that.
It’s not fair.
It just isn’t fair that men throughout history have always had more power and authority than women. Women are wonderful, capable people, and it’s not right that men should have so many advantages over those weaker than themselves.
It just isn’t fair the way some groups compete with and prevail over other groups. The way some nations conquer other nations. The way empires arise and subsume weak nations. It isn’t fair the way states lie and connive to achieve their will over other states, or the way states insist on the “rule of law” for their enemies while completely ignoring the same “rule” when it suits their own purposes.
It just isn’t fair the way people judge other people not on their true character but on who their ancestors were, what their ancestors did, what they look like, what people who look like them do, or what people are afraid they might do.
It just isn’t fair to find yourself in a situation you really cannot stand and to realize that there isn’t a damned thing you can do about it. And there isn’t a group on this earth that hasn’t at least once found itself in that predicament. Not one.
Sometimes you realize that there is something you can do about it. And you act. And you prevail.
But in your victory lie the seeds of future grief. Those you have prevailed against are not going to forget. They are not going to let go. They’re not going to “move on,” “get past it,” or “stop whining.” No group ever does.
An individual, on the other hand, has the freedom that a group does not.