Just wanted to get this off my chest. I am deeply concerned about the direction of the western world and specifically the country where I have grown up for a majority of my life- the US.
For the past decade or so, there has been an ever increasing amount of attention on things that divide us- whether that's sex, race, or socioeconomic status. It's disappointing to see everything becoming incredibly politicized- the biggest culprit is the plague of identity politics- dividing people based on categories or characteristics that are secondary to our individual personalities- which leads to an ugly form of tribalism. We should spend less time on what makes us different and more on what we have in common. We should celebrate our freedoms and the miracle that democracy and the ideals of the western world (freedom of speech, open discourse, etc.) and where that has brought us to as a society- it is truly incredible when you think about it.
This is not to say that a society mustn't constantly improve, but what I take issue with is the hatred that both sides show to one another. We should embrace individual responsibility as that will ultimately raise the tide of progress and bring us all up as a people. We should stop focusing on black vs white, men vs women, or how many people are in X job, Y profession, etc. We should work towards informing both sexes and every race of every opportunity available and not cherry pick who should get what job or set arbitrary guidelines. I can see the great resentment that this builds on the side of those who are necessarily systematically disadvantaged by such policies/programs.
Equal opportunity is the most egalitarian and fair ideal to which we should strive to attain as a society- NOT equal outcome- as going down that path will fuel hatred, and resentment on both sides which is neither productive nor equal (by definition).
Women and men should have every opportunity to succeed in whatever they please and they should not be told what to do- I am disgusted to see some of my female friends who are interested in having children being called "breeders"- I am equally disgusted by men making fun of other men for wanting to stay at home with their families because they are not "masculine" enough to work a demanding job.
The issue is that when we let both sexes decide what they want to do they may be interested in different careers to a certain degree leading to differences in outcome- and what's wrong with that if they are truly satisfied and happy with what they are doing.
Anyway this rant comes at a time when I see growing resentment towards this horrible form of tribalism that has been growing. I tried to keep this apolitical because I think these problems are on the individual level and not the political. I think these ideas are fair and actionable.