Neutrality is not enlightenment. It is a position only accessible to those for whom the stakes are very low, who want to feel superior to those who have no choice but to care.
This is so very true. There is a tendency among people who have very little to lose to say “Shush, You are being rude. Just Shush. Be accepting and polite.”. But there are times when being polite is UTTERLY POINTLESS.
When people’s lives have been stripped mined they don’t have any need to be polite. It will not save them. Their best solution is to be LOUD AND ANGRY. To be effectively calling out what is wrong.
Do not Shush the disenfranchised because it feels awkward and rude to you. Ask yourself, why are they screaming? Why are they making a fuss and being so rude and angry? Why aren’t you angry?
Do you see the problem, but are just giving precedence over your current comfort and the need to fit into the social dynamic that is Polite Society? Because that is a certainly a strategy that works well in at dinner party for the boss, but it’s not one that will change the course of history. Think about it hard – Are you unconsciously prioritizing the need to smooth out the immediate discomfort of shoutiness over the absolute problem that caused it?
Or is their problem not a problem for you and so you just don’t want to know that anyone else is suffering? Well, guess what. They have no need to make you more comfortable in your easy life. Their life isn’t going so well. Too bad if you have to see it, hear it and face it.