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Déjà vu all over again, again
“… a political technologist, but those are a dime a dozen.”
Granted, not smart. However, given that Elder posted it, he activated the projection mechanism in many people.*The Left* mobbed Elder by projecting their iSR shadows onto him.*The Right* projected their iSR onto Elder protestors [e.g., “woke anti-racism” is racist, claims *theRight*].How do I know?
“An overwhelming majority of people likely agree with the sentiment behind it, which was basically this: Arson is bad. … The post was unambiguous: Elder was criticizing the activists who had set the courthouse on fire.”
- Elder may have meant arson is bad, and nothing more [so, Soave]
- Elder may have been equating the BLM protesters with the violent militants [so, social media mob]
- Elder may have meant arsonists are blind
- Elder may have meant BLM protesters are blind
- Elder may have meant BLM protest is being used by violent leftists
- Elder may have meant arson is bad and well-intentioned BLM protest is blind to its own militant wing
- Elder may have meant violence-at-protests is a false flag operation by *theRight* against BLM
Both sides projected meaning onto the vague Instagram post.
The mob is seen by *conservatives* as prejudiced against Elder, and Elder is declared a “white supremacist piece of garbage” by the *liberal* social media mob.
Soave ends his article with a quote from Elder: “The strange silver lining is this shook me out of my prejudices a little bit”—e.g., presumably his leftist anti-racism “prejudices.”
How does this theory explain the projection of the racist label?
Well, as I said last week (and above), our unaddressed iSR has a mechanism to express itself, e.g., projection. But how do I know Soave is projecting his iSR? Well, it’s his certainty that Elder shows no racism; sadly, Soave appears unaware of both his own, and Elder’s unaddressed iSR.
How do I know the mob is projecting their racism? Being aware of our own iSR allows us to feel compassion for one who is still trapped by their shadows. Repentance releases and frees one of the need to project (now-conscious) shadow-racism onto Elder from afar. When people understand the way their shadows operate, there’ll be no mob. Rather, people will hope and pray that Elder will be able to learn of and confront his shadow, just as they would want for themselves, e.g., in an intimate personal or small group context, not on the internet.
Recognizing and addressing our own personal internalized Systemic Racism counteracts the power of our shadows. It frees us to be compassionate toward those who are still shadow-bound. We’ve no further need to shame or shun.
Next week: ‘being antiracist.’ Come and see.
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