Hey if you're a member of a privileged class and have benefited from mine or anyone else's commentary trying to provide information on our opinions or perspectives on issues: let us know!
You don't have to - and probably shouldn't - tell me YOUR opinion - keep that to yourself until you've chewed on it some.
But please let people know their posts help you! A lot of folk I've chatted with privately express being tired, and being very thankful for the messages they get thanking their efforts.
@emsenn Your posts definitely help. I am a white cis male, and thus really try my best to acknowledge all the concomitant privileges. I am definitely not perfect and constantly striving to do better, so I really appreciate your efforts. Keep it up!
@greyor Thanks! I really like the use of "concomitant" here; that's good!
This isn't an open offer (random readers passing by) but as someone with those privileges, if you ever have a critique on how I could better argue my point so folk like you - with the privilege, but not so, uh, attached to it - would understand what I'm saying, I'm inviting you to reach out and share it if you have the time.
@emsenn I appreciate the offer and will definitely share if possible. Honestly I consider it my duty just to listen and try not to inject my own opinion if I can help it. On a related note, in undergrad, I read a great book about the conquest of the Aztecs called Victors and Vanquished. The twist is that the editors found every account they could by the "vanquished," which was great. I don't want history only written by the "winners," who have had their say forever already.
@greyor I'd love to see a rewrite of Guns Germs and Steel that takes a similar approach. :O
@emsenn Interesting. I haven't read GGS yet but heard it is great, have had it on my shelf for ages. I will def keep that in mind when I read it.
@greyor Here's what I'd want you to know before you open it: I really love the theory he presents but I dislike how he presents it as The Theory for "why white people won." The truth is always more complex and while material theory is a prevalent part of historic inequity, focusing solely on it removes a concept of agency from both the oppressed *AND* the oppressor.
@emsenn Yeah, that sounds like an uncomfortably teleological argument. I think people are trying to do better in that regard but I am always looking for better resources. Most of my experience is with the ancient world, and we can still learn some fascinating (and uncomfortable) things about ourselves today from the ancients for sure.
@greyor I want to be clear I think it's a valuable read and it's on my recommended reading list, just with a lot of criticisms included.
@emsenn and what they should do is throw money at you.
@maloki That's quite true!
(Especially because people who throw money at me right now are actually helping one of my tenants who's life is, well, falling apart.)
@emsenn your work helped me a lot, thanks
@eliotberriot Thanks for saying so! I've also benefited from reading your work and also, seeing just how trivial it can be to put notions into a proof of concept. Really made it clear to me I didn't need to be so forgiving of "but the tech is hard!" when I hear it from people who mean, "but I don't wanna work to make tech benefit others!"
@emsenn it means a lot, I didn't know I had this impact on you either, thank you for sharing!
@emsenn hey, I think I have thanked every post that helped me specifically to figure something out or to make sense of some sparse thoughts but I'll just do it again. Thank ya :)
@ardydo You thanking me is part of why my "bye mastodon" did not last very long: you made it clear that i was not shouting into a void or speaking online to collaborators with no fruit to show for it: you made it clear my words were having an effect far past where they were directed.
So if anything, anyone who's been reading my posts the past week and change should be thanking /you/ just as much as me!
@emsenn oh hey, thanks again for this <3 hahahhaha
@emsenn Your posts definitely get me thinking! While I've also got the privilege to work in a diverse environment, understanding the perspective of people in very different circumstances has been good for my worldview.
@emsenn Thank you for your efforts~! ❤️
@clarjon1 I can't help but read this in the voice of your profile picture and I"m not sure what voice that is but it sounds troubled would you like a glass of water and a hug?
@clarjon1 But also: thank you, and I agree! I have so much respect for people that, I mean, shout their experiences into our collective void. They're doing it pretty much for our benefit and I know I've benefited from it in ways that I can't even notice.
@clarjon1 I'm so scared to click this. I'm going to do it but oh... okay big breath.
@clarjon1 Wow I wasn't expecting such quality work do you play tabletop RPGs?
@clarjon1 Good to know! I have plans for a tabletop rpg podcast and an important part of casting is guest roles for bad guys and town leaders and such.
@clarjon1 Goblins always burning shit down. :(
@clarjon1 Here's an example trailer/pilot episode https://soundcloud.com/emsenn/scene-1-jeyro-investigates-several-disappearances
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