"Where shall we go next?" Metaphysics, Poker and Life.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
There is no nonsense so gross that society will not, at some time, make a doctrine of it and defend it with every weapon of communal stupidity. --Robertson Davies
Some time back I wrote a blog post in which I offered my opinion that one of our current societal prejudices is slowly dying. Gay prejudice, homophobic hatred is simply going to die out as -- well not to put it too bluntly -- as the bigots get old and die.
The youngest of the generations actually able to make themselves heard and understood, say 12-20 year olds, just don't care about the old bigotries surrounding gender identification. Or, again to be blunt, the kids don't care who you screw, or why, or when or how often. They, thankfully, have shed the prejudices around sexuality.
However, my opinion was that we are indeed waiting for the old bigots to die. I think in the post-modern western world we may have been in this situation for a very long time. The objects of the fading prejudice change but the progressive progress towards universal equality ebbs ever onward.
Woman, Irish, Blacks, Gays and yes there are many more on any comprehensive list and more to follow in the tide of giving us your tired, your weak, your hungry, your flamboyant etc. etc.
Recent news might suggest that, at least in the gay (Sorry PC-lovers: LGBT) arena, the walls may be crumbling faster than I anticipated. A recent Gallup poll found the 53% of respondents believed marriages between same-sex couples should be legal with the same rights as traditional marriages. This represents an all-time high having never polled a majority in favor of gay marriages before.