Think about your nerves burning, screaming, pleading, bargaining for clemency. Your universe has contracted to a singularity. There is no world; there is no "you"; there is only pain - like a pure mathematical fact.
Think about it.
But you didn't feel it, did you?
We've all been in pain, but it's almost impossible to feel it unless it's occurring to you. I don't care how vivid your imagination, how powerful your metaphors and similies - theorized intellectual pain is not pain.
Me? I don't feel like I can talk about these issues. Unfortunately, Keleth, the really nice guy whose house we inhabit, politely asked on the front page...
The bastard! Making me do something I don't want to do!Keleth says:If you have a hard time talking about this, or don't want to, consider WHY you don't want to.
I don't have to consider WHY! I already know why I don't want to talk about these issues. It's because I'm clumsy and insensitive with language. It's because I've never experienced nor felt the pain of racism. If there's an I-Spy book of privilege then I'm only missing the "member of the aristocracy" tickbox.
What am I supposed to do? White-splain racism? Quote statistics? Write an equation for an experience that needs to be felt?
I can imagine pain, but it's not the same as feeling it. I can imagine racism, but it’s not the same as experiencing it. Experiencing it Every. Single. Horrible. Day.
Fortunately, Keleth also asked...
...and that sounds like good advice. So, I'm happy to write about what WotC are doing with mechanics, and changes to modules - but on broader issue? Imma shut up and listen, try to understand, and try harder to support.Keleth says:And if you have nothing else, listen, understand, and support those who need it.
Especially as just having to listen, understand and support isn't likely to have anybody kneel on my neck until I die.