Identity politics has become such a big deal.. but is it a good thing?

Is it truly progressive as we claim it to be?

Identity politics has become such a big deal.. but is it a good thing?

From the dawn of creation, all that mattered regarding identity was that we were Humans. Male or Female. With time following our deserved eviction from the 'Garden of Eden', our identity was no longer solely based on God's favorite creation. Instead, it adjusted to the kind of labor man had to adapt to survive. Hence, the sense of 'Occupational identity' was born. Fast forward to the lingo awakening, during 3500-3000BC, coupled with several colonization of certain civilizations throughout the AD's, implanted a mind of Racial and Cultural identity among our ancestors. Suddenly, humans were no longer humans in a simple context; It now mattered if we were black or white, Soldier or civilian, Jew or Gentile, Worker or unemployed, Muslim or atheist, straight or queer.

Because any identity(s) one chooses to belong to influences how the world interacts with us and vice-versa.

In 2022, it is no doubt Identity has become integral to politics all around the globe. Citizens of every country can no longer sit on the fence over major issues. One could argue there is beauty in the philosophy diversity construct, yes! There is beauty to it but only on the surface. When you look closer, all there is confusion and chaos—birthing more confusion and chaos under the guise of progress.

Whether it's over Climate Change, Pride, Social equality, we continue to witness how camps from different identities would log heads rather than stay humble and listen to the objective truth.

A great example of this saddening scenario of the current mutating COVID-19 pandemic raging in our countries. Please take a minute to observe how an epidemic as explicit as it sounds has been made twisted and diffused with diverse opinions, reactions, and beliefs are slowing the pace at which we arrive at a permanent solution.

The most frustrating yet fair part about all of this is that we must respect everyone's choice with whatever they identify as or camp they pledge allegiance to. Because at the end of the day, we have free will.[Even God honors that]

But what happens when that free will to do and undo according to the statutes of ‘Identity’ negatively impacts the lives and liberty of others. What happens when the desire to step into one identity(s) demands fact and common sense be thrown out the window.

A diverse range of socio-political identities in society is beautiful, but at what point do we realize some lines are being crossed. The pillars of many of these so-called identities emerging out of every corner are feelings and emotions. Meaning they are the two agents behind the steering wheel moving our world, rather than undiluted fact and earnest logic.

It is 2022. What is happening is happening! Humanity is in a vehicle heading to an unknown destination. But the main question that sums this entire piece up is this; "What identity, out of dozens and counting, are we letting take the steering wheel". Most importantly, where are they leading us to? Is it as progressive as it claims to be or the entire opposite?

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