Conveniently, They are Devils and We are Angels. Can We see beyond convenience?
I’ve noticed something over the past few days as the “Mohammed Cartoons” controversy has raged in the world and here on Irregular Times. It’s the funniest thing, but the Muslims who post are nearly universally defending Islam and slamming the West. Westerners are defending the West and slamming Muslims. Some opportunists are taking the opportunity to do some gratuitous slamming of other groups, blaming this whole thing on the “filthy rich Jews,” or the “Mrs. who sleep with Mrs.,” or some other group to which the author almost never, conveniently, belongs. You see, THEY always seem to be Devils and WE always seem to be Angels. The problem is that THEY are sometimes US and WE are sometimes THEM, messing the whole dichotomy thing completely up.
It sure is easy to criticize someone who isn’t in your camp. But you’re smart. You’re educated. You’re moral. You’re an Angel! So you don’t need to slum around just doing the easy thing. How about a little mental exercise?
Here’s my challenge: can you post a comment to this post in which you
- issue no criticism of any sort regarding any group you’re not a member of?
- issue a serious, non-trivial criticism regarding a group you are a member of?
Give it a shot. It’s my challenge to you — and to myself; I’ll make the first comment.
Can you do it? Heck, can I do it? Can we have a series of comments in which nobody casts stones outward, and we criticize our own groups in a sincere, serious manner?
[Update: Apparently not. Oh well.]