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In Defense of the Snowflake

Posted in Liberal, Life, Obama, Politics, Snowflake, Society, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on January 18, 2017 by rikki5

Well, I cannot endure the nonsense any longer so I’m back baby!  All I have is the blog to vent this to..lol!  I know–bad form starting with lol– ugh! If you are reading this bear with me because not sure where it’s going….

Today a person I knew a decade ago, a person I considered a friend, called me a “snowflake” on Facebook for posting this video on my Facebook feed: https://www.facebook.com/ajplusenglish/videos/881689795305862/?pnref=story

Sorry you have to be the one to tell you, but I posted it mainly as humor…yes, it had a strong political message but for this particular post I was feeling apolitical, apathetic at best…and thought this video was hilarious.

Then this person who I never talk to and haven’t even seen for at least 10 years but for some reason am still “friends” with on Facebook comments some snarky comment (didn’t your momma teach you – ‘if you don’t have nothin nice to say, don’t say nothin at all’) to the effect that “all men talk like that” and I should just get over it and sorry I’m a precious little snowflake to which I reply whatever I replied (deleted the comment) — it really isn’t important.  But then this person calls me a “liberal” like I’m some kind of reptile alien or something.  Then the “snowflake” label. Among other things like “eat a dick.” This has been going on a while now with people labelling other people.  First off, if you know me, then you know that I am mainly libertarian with liberal sympathies…if you must label my politics.  So get over yourself judging me by your preconceived notions.  Hah.

Rant over– point is, people are getting really divided.  People I thought I knew have this attitude that they can call you labels like “liberal” or “snowflake” to offend and insult.  I didn’t even know “snowflake” was some sort of label until I researched it.  So — if that’s the case, then let’s look a little more closely at these terms.

Liberal is defined as:

Definition of liberal

  1. 1a :  of, relating to, or based on the liberal arts<liberal education>barchaic:  of or befitting a man of free birth

    { EDITOR’S NOTES:  This one seems good, “free birth” a person who is free.]

  2. 2a :  marked by generosity :openhandedliberal giver>b :  given or provided in a generous and openhanded way liberal meal>c :ample,  full

    { EDITOR’S NOTES:  Again, good, generous is always a good virtue to have.]

  3. 3obsolete:  lacking moral restraint :licentious

    { EDITOR’S NOTES:  This one is negative?, “lacking moral restraint” but obsolete meaning that the word has no place in a civilized society.–This is probably the definition the labelers use to label.   Leads us to the word “licentious.”  OH. YES. now we are getting somewhere.  Licentious —

    1. :  lacking legal or moral restraints; especially:  disregarding sexual restraints <licentiousbehavior> <licentious revelers>

    2. 2:  marked by disregard for strict rules of correctness

      This is most likely the negative but obsolete term the labelers are using to label.  It resorts back to sex and having sex and how that upsets them.  Unless they want the sex of course.}

  4. 4:  not literal or strict :looseliberal translation>

    { EDITOR’S NOTES:  This one is neutral.  I think it’s probably a good thing that people are not literal or strict with everything but sometimes some boundaries help.}

  5. 5:broad-mindedespecially:  not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or traditional forms

    { EDITOR’S NOTES:  Um, love this one.  Agree, I don’t want to be bound by the traditional forms of yesteryear or some arbitrary and outdated rules made up by some old man slave owner hundreds of years ago.}

  6. 6a :  of, favoring, or based upon the principles of liberalismbcapitalized:  of or constituting a political party advocating or associated with the principles of political liberalism; especially:  of or constituting a political party in the United Kingdom associated with ideals of individual especially economic freedom, greater individual participation in government, and constitutional, political, and administrative reforms designed to secure these objectives

    { EDITOR’S NOTES:  I don’t live in the UK but principles such as economic freedom, greater individual participation in govern and reforms are good.  Gives us “liberalism”

    1. :  the quality or state of being liberal

    2. 2aoften capitalized:  a movement in modern Protestantism emphasizing intellectual liberty and the spiritual and ethical content of Christianityb :  a theory in economics emphasizing individual freedom from restraint and usually based on free competition, the self-regulating market, and the gold standard (see gold standard 1)c :  a political philosophy based on belief in progress, the essential goodness of the human race, and the autonomy (see autonomy 2) of the individual and standing for the protection of political and civil liberties; specifically:  such a philosophy that considers government as a crucial instrument for amelioration of social inequities (such as those involving race, gender, or class)dcapitalized:  the principles and policies of a Liberal (see 1liberal 6b) party

      I mean, none of this sounds all that bad–but isn’t it interesting all politics derive essentially from religious politics}.

But maybe I am a “liberal” but other than being a little sexual or “licentious,” there’s nothing so bad about being called a “liberal” so why do the labelers who use those ideas think using the term to insult someone by calling them a “liberal” is some kind of actual insult.  IT ISN’T!

OK, So let’s look at the next term used to insult and demean by the labelers that apparently is now “in season”– Snowflake.

Apparently this is a new term used by the labelers to justify the fact that they are actually the small-minded ones who cannot stand up to criticism, but I digress–

Definition of snowflake

  1. 1:  a flake or crystal of snow

    {EDITOR’S NOTE:  Ok, so they are demonizing a natural occurring substance – frozen water.}

  2. 2:  any of a genus (Leucojum) of Old World bulbous plants of the amaryllis family; especially:  one (L. vernum) resembling the snowdrop

    {EDITOR’S NOTE:  Now a reference to a flower the Amaryllis.  The “snowdrop” amaryllis specifically.  If you know anything about mythology, you know that the Amaryllis is named after a Greek Shepherdess, it means “Sparkling” and has other meanings related to the bible and Garden of Eden and Eve being expelled.  Amaryllis being linked to Snowflake which is linked to paganism and also Christianity, it is the flower of Yuletide carols.   An innocent flower to me, but for them, a dark symbol of their treachery by confusing meanings.}

I probably am not, in fact, a snowflake if you take the term literally. But of course, nothing can be taken at face value in our society these days or with the people we encounter.  Or the people we think we knew.  If we disagree, if we get upset, if we question, or if we are simply minding our own business and post on social media something they view as ‘offensive’ they start using these innocent terms that are now somewhat demonized to demean another person.  That is why the future is so painfully bleak, that is why I just want a piece of land to retire to and to get away from people.  That is why I’ve resorted back to writing back in this blog.

President Obama says we need to talk to the labelers but you see, it’s impossible to talk to them because they hear only what they want to hear and believe only what they want to believe.  They are not open to debate or controversy they just want to talk louder and start labeling and criticizing; it’s impossible in today’s society to talk to one another in a logical way because we are all living under false belief systems.  It doesn’t matter if in fact the world is round, most people will scream it is flat and then when you show them the science to back up the actual research they will denounce the research and label it as “fake.”  If you disagree, you will be labeled a “liberal snowflake” or in some cases a “conspiracy theorist.”  And it won’t be from only the government.  It will be from your neighbors, your acquaintances, the people you say hi to each day without really knowing.  The co-workers on your job who are ‘joking’ in the break room about hurting someone.  The people who you may even be related to.

There can be no discourse with those who continue to label and demean.  And it goes on both sides.  Whatever “sides” are, that is how divided we all are, we must choose a “side” that is non-existent. If you are not open to listening and considering another opinion in a logical and civil manner, then you aren’t an adult–much less a logical one.  If you don’t have an open mind, then there is no point in discourse and that is why I have chosen to disengage from such folks.   We all need to shift our own paradigms–how we were brought up, the symbols and the mythology of our culture, what we truly value as people, where we are going in the future– and it starts by stopping the labeling and stopping the demeaning.

And stop with nonsense that an innocent, beautiful, pure, and unique thing as a “snowflake” is somehow a bad thing or a political thing.  IT ISN’T! In fact, it’s just a crystal made of water, a reflection to look at ourself from.  A snowflake is a childhood memory of the first snowfall and sticking out your tongue to taste the frozen crystals. A snowflake is a reminder how wonderful the changing seasons are.  A snowflake contributes to the life cycle and each snowflake is different, each snowflake melts and creates water which gives life to us and every creature on earth.  If being a snowflake means to stand purely for rights for all creatures both human and non-human, dignity for all creatures both human and non-human, and understanding for all creatures both human and non-human then go ahead and call me a snowflake– I dare you!

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REFERENCES

In Merriam Webster Online, Retrieved January 18, 2017, from https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/liberal

In Merriam Webster Online, Retrieved January 18, 2017, from https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snowflake

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