I just wanted to share the words of an advert with you:
It’s me. I’m writing to let you know. I have BIG goals for myself and I can’t let YOU or ANYONE stand in my way. Because I can do anything I try and I ALWAYS try.
This is what it feels like to be me. This is what it feels like to be a MAN.
Ok. Ok. So I actually changed that a bit – but what was your initial reaction? To me it sounds selfish, controlling, I could imagine those being the words of a future dictator (and also – if the letter is to the world who is this ‘or anyone’ they’re talking about? Extra terrestrials?)
You may or may not have guessed by now but where I put the word ‘man’ the actual world was ‘girl’. Apart from that the only difference is that the advert was voiced by several girl’s voices and included some of their names. It was an advert for Girls Inc. a company who are trying to
turn all girls into little brats and all little brats into hardbitten ultrafeminist dictators “promote a girl’s right to be herself”.
Why is it acceptable to promote this horrible selfish attitude in the name of confidence? I also have a sneaking suspicion that if a girl’s ambition was to stay at home and raise a family her ‘right to be herself’ would be overridden by modern feminist/communist ideals.
But in the world of the politically correct you are allowed to be prejudiced and selfish as long as you are prejudiced in what THEY (the politically correct) see as the right direction. It means that you can talk about black power and not be seen as racist but put the word ‘white’ in the place of black and you suddenly are. It means that my misquote above would be seen as sexist and controlling but change the word “Man” for “Girl” and it’s perfectly OK.
In the end we are NOT all equal in a politically correct sense anyway. There are physiological and mental differences caused by a mixture of racial origin, gender and upbringing that will always mean that we have different strengths and weakness from each other. Ignoring the facts that someone from a ‘middle class’ family has more breaks than someone from a ‘working class’ one, that if you are black you are at risk from Sickle Cell anaemia and if you are White you have a greater risk of Skin cancer, that female athletes could never compete with male ones on an equal basis and that male dancers couldn’t hope to be as flexible as female ones, that someone with ADHD would have to be taught in a different way from someone with Aspergers or Dyslexia or any of the supposedly ‘normal’ children in the world and many other examples does not stop them from being true. Zeroing in on one group and making them feel more special than the rest is just producing a different set of problems for a future generation. It would be more productive to encourage people to understand their own strengths and weaknesses and those of others.
It’s me. I want to understand you, to help you, and to help YOU to understand ME. Together we can help each other. Especially if we both look to Jesus, our Creator and Saviour. Because with God ALL things are possible.
This is what it feels like to be me.
This is what it feels like to be human,