The following post is based on a story from an American who changed his life to a better life. For some of you this screed might work better if you read Josh Clark's experience, and comeback to the opening and body of the screed. In any case, I have only experienced knowing of a few cases of that which is so eloquently stated by Mr. Clark.
There are times when you read something that grabs you and delivers a signal to your brain: "This is serious, this is heartfelt, this is relevant, this is right all while feeding the brain's frontal lobes and Hippocampus." The experience runs the full course of cognitive processes from sensory perception thorough mental assimilation and the ultimate mental activity: Leaning.
Such external sensory experiences remind of personal epiphanies and personal experiences that upon reflection resonates with the person as an awakening, inducement for a paradigm shift and personally rewarding. A literal cognitive bundle not often experienced throughout the full measure of our full lives. We have sensory experiences as we grow through our formative years that induces learning (e.g. first real kiss to companionship to love). We certainly learn to exercise acquired skills to the level of proficiency leading to a career (e.g. attaining that first big promotion). The person learns while providing healthy nourishment for a well-rounded and humane psyche. A psyche at peace with life is without fail accompanied by a healthy emotional state.
Some never experience life shattering experiences that result in a "changed" person. Imagine living a life that embodied learned social intolerance regarding race, religion, national origin, gender or social class. It is like being taught (by your parents) to avoid the rich kid from "The Heights," because "they are raised differently." Latter in life you find with the first experience, the rich kid you have in front of you isn't a bad person at all. Our parents, family and early social choices environment shape the individual.
For sake of developing what follows (below), supplant the "rich kid" with a black kid. A learned experience far more prevalent than caution and bias regarding America's kids of wealthy families. Actually, chance of interacting with the uber wealthy kids is almost as remote as being struck by lightening. Examples aside, "social shaping" affects us all, the only differences in our respective experiences are where the learning takes us in life.
I often refer to the following diagram to show how social "shaping" and social leaning from early childhood through our formative years, leads to adults who are either "ism" intolerant or who are tolerant of people who are is some way different. Intolerant adults are socially shaped to bigotry, racism, over the top gender bias or homophobia; they arr "ism" driven creatures. If the individual doesn't take steps to counter social development that leads to the bigot or the racist, we experience what we have today in increasing numbers. Imagine Rand Paul, Donald Trump, or Ted Cruz raised from childhood with an iota of tolerance for others.
If you take a few minutes to review the diagram you will notice there is a point at which the person can take affirmative steps to counter social development that leads to bigotry and racism. In the absence of direct personal action or intervention in the "Direction for Change" stage (opportunity), the person will development through stages of bigotry and racism that could lead to manifestation as such:
Or this...listen carefully. You will not only see first hand the result of being raised to be a racist, you will see the racist (as is often the case) also has issues with sexism. According to Think Progress and official part of the CPAC archive....
At one point, a woman challenged him on the Republican Party’s roots, to which Terry responded, “I didn’t know the legacy of the Republican Party included women correcting men in public.”
The Cycle of Oppression diagram very basically places visual light on the social a social disease that affects so many Americans.
|The Cycle of Oppression|
"Isms" make close bed fellows that can be broken via concerted intervention as in the diagram and via the personal testimonial of a Facebook poster.