I remember the anger and the shock wave that was the Springbok Tour.
I remember the righteous fury over the nuclear free stance.
I remember the rage of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill.
I remember the grief of Bastion Point.
They are all patterns of understanding from growing up in New Zealand as a Gen Xer.
Emotional tsunamis that ran through our communities, forever shaping their world view but throughout those moments of anger, I don’t remember ever seeing what is happening now in this country.
I remember anger, dislike, disagreement but not hate.
There is now a tribal hatred of one another at almost atomic levels of being that dictates our legitimised emotional responses beyond the solidarity of ideas that connect and unite.
You can actually win an argument in NZ now simply because you ‘feel’ it more.
Logic, objectivity, reason, the capacity to debate ideas without hating each other – these are all the oppressive tactics of heteronormative white cis males, and so feelings with more feelings and an additional side order of feelings are the only social currency now.
Social media hate algorithms manipulate our emotions with the ease of offence the new trigger culture of Outrage Olympics generates for our ever diminishing circle of interaction on a Global World now atomised and fluent in a level of virtue signalling and elite condescension that permeates all it touches with a toxicity that never forgives.
The howling of frightened angry old white people at Christopher Luxon in NZs retirement village, New Plymouth, is a symptom of this digital cultural dislocation. Change has come to their ears that invades their space in ways their privilege as the dominant culture have always dampened.
They stormed the venues he booked because they feel left behind and because the only currency is feelings (thanks to the new Millennial culture of micro aggressions), they shouted those angry alienated feelings and Luxon had to try to douse the torches.
These old angry frightened kiwis are as lost as the feral Qanon Anti-Vaxxers, the Professional Managerial Class, the ever cancelling woke, the fourth wave feminists, the offended Farmers, the spoilt Bankers, the 501s, the damaged children from a nation of fatherless children looked after by bitter solo mothers, non-binary activists, gender critical feminists, politicians of all wings, deluded talkback hosts, elite journalists and incels.
Most older supporters of Wayne Brown care more that he is shitting on the woke media and serving them up abuse than they do about him privatising our fucking Airport!
It’s a cacophony of wounds screaming for social hierarchy based on feelings!
The planet is melting, the ramifications of which are barely being comprehended.
The radical shift we are all going to need to make politically, socially and economically for what is coming is beyond your fucking feelings.
NZ has become the Land of the Long White Hate – you are either white and hate, or you are white and hated.
We better start finding identity in the collective or we will all hang separately.
We need to be kinder to individuals and far crueller to Corporations.
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