“No one is more hated than he who speaks the truth.” – Plato
Cancel culture or “call-out culture” is a nuevo form of ostracism in which someone is thrust out of social or professional circles – whether it be online, on social media, or in person. Those subject to this nuevo ostracism has then, by definition, been “cancelled.”
If you want to cancel a culture you must be ready to do everything you can to first destroy it by ostracizing those who you fear most. You use words that on the surface seem to be innocuous like: diversity, inclusion and equity to ostracize others. These seemly innocuous words become nasty labels like: homophobic, Islamophobic, white supremacist, racist, capitalist, rich and unvaxxed. To be labeled using one or more of these words is death by cancellation.
QUESTION: Who are the cancel culture’s enemies?
ANSWER: Those who speak truth to power.
George Orwell, in his dystopian novel
“Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.”
To cancel means to put human minds together in a new dystopian (undesirable or frightening) shape. A new cancel culture society where war is peace, freedom is slavery and ignorance is strength.
To cancel is to destroy the mind and with it the body politic.
Build Back Better is code for ostracize, cancel and then destroy those who do not obey.
When you embrace the cancel culture then at some point you are on the road to your own self-destruction and that of your culture. At some point the cancel culture turns on those who created it. At some point the cancel culture ideologues do not merely destroy their enemies, they fundamentally change them into automatons.
As George Orwell wrote,
“The object of terrorism is terrorism. The object of oppression is oppression. The object of torture is torture. The object of murder is murder. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?”
The tools of the cancel culture are: terrorism, oppression, torture and murder. The goal of the cancel culture is that we DIE!
Now do you understand?
What Does America Think About the Cancel Culture?
On November 9th, 2021 Gabriela Schulte in a column titled “Poll: 69 percent say cancel culture unfairly punishes people for past actions, statements” reported:
A new Hill-HarrisX poll finds most voters think that “cancel culture” is unfairly punishing people over their past actions.
The survey used the Merriam-Webster definition to define the term as “the practice or tendency of engaging in mass canceling as a way of expressing disapproval and exerting social pressure.”
Sixty-nine percent of registered voters in the Nov. 2-3 survey said cancel culture unfairly punishes people for their past actions or statements, while 31 percent said it does not.
The survey found majorities of Republicans, Democrats and Independents saying it unfairly punished people, with Republicans being the most likely of the three groups to answer “yes.”
Seventy-nine percent of Republican voters along with 65 percent of Democrats and 64 percent of independents, specifically, said that cancel culture unfairly punishes people for their past actions or statements.
The poll also found 71 percent of registered voters said they strongly or somewhat believe that cancel culture has gone too far while 29 percent of respondents said they believe a little or not at all.
The most recent Hill-HarrisX poll was conducted online among 930 registered voters between Nov. 2 and 3. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.
No one wants to be cancelled because they said, tweeted, posted or published something that offended members of the cancel culture. It’s called the First Amendment right to free speech. Without free speech we have nothing – no freedom of religion, no freedom to assemble, no freedom to petition our elected officials and no freedom to speak the truth.
How to Cancel the Cancel Culture
Howard Rotberg wrote, “Any strong ideological belief carries with it a risk of denying those facts that do not support the ideology.”
QUESTION: What do we do to cancel the cancel culture?
ANSWER: Tell the truth using indisputable facts.
As someone who has been a public figure now for four decades, I have learned to navigate both that kind of cancel culture and the “woke” cancel culture that pervades society today.
Here are seven lessons I’ve learned:
- First and foremost, don’t give a damn about cancel culture. If you do, you’re giving small-minded people control over you that they don’t deserve. Realize that these are often people who want to silence your ideas because they’re afraid if others hear them, they might agree.
- Always be honest. The best defense is always the truth. Moreover, make sure you have your facts straight before you speak and that you can back up what you say.
- When you’re wrong, have the courage to admit you’re wrong. But when you’re right and taking a principled stand, have the courage to stand up for those principles, even in the face of withering criticism. Others will see your strength and be encouraged by it. But if you’re right and you give in, you have only served to embolden cancel culture. You have fed its voracious appetite and made it stronger, giving it more energy to seek out its next victim. You have made it harder for others to stand up for the truth, and as a result, many will continue to cower in silence.
- Don’t try to cancel others. There’s no need to be cruel and adopt the tactics of cancellation. Here is where I go back to my faith-based roots. We all fall far short of perfection. We need to show grace and forgiveness toward others, especially if we hope for the same mercy from others when we inevitably stumble ourselves.
- Be principled and don’t be a hypocrite. Hypocrites make easy targets for canceling and are fun for everyone to take down a few pegs.
- Expect that anything you write or anything that you say in front of a camera (even your friend’s cell phone) could end up trending on social media or landing on the front page of a newspaper. If you’re not okay with that, think twice about saying or doing it.
- There are an awful lot of people who are willing to deliberately take things out of context to make other people look bad. So always include context with what you say and write publicly, even if it means writing a slightly longer tweet or taking an extra 30 seconds to more fully explain your point. People may still take you out of context, but you will always “have the receipts,” as they say.
The Bottom Line
John F. Kennedy said,
“The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.”
The cancel culture’s myths are Diversity, Inclusion and Equity. It is a myth that one can be diverse and equal at the same time. Inclusion is a myth as well. For you see equal people are not free and free people are not equal. Diversity is not a condition, it is a tool for the cancel culturalists to gain power over others.
Diversity, inclusion and equity are unrealistic myths in a free society. These can only be imposed by edict in a totalitarian state.
It is critical for the anti-cancel culture warriors to never give up, never surrender. When they go low, we keep the high ground. When they want to fundamentally change our God given rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, we must live free or die.
You will be banned on social media, lose friends, be attacked by others in public and even physically attacked on the streets during a peaceful protest.
This is war! A war of lies vs. truth. A war of good against pure evil.
America is now in a battle between freedom of individual choice or living under the boot of big government for ever.
The opposite of Diversity, Inclusion, Equity = DIE is Liberty, Integrity, Valor, Earnestness = LIVE!
Think about that as we enter 2022 and the new year.
©Dr. Rich Swier. All rights reserved.
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