The human is a highly conditioned being. We’re regularly told who to be, how to behave and why it’s best to just fit in. Yet all this cajoling and moulding is anathema to the one thing the frail human condition craves – freedom. But not freedom from being human but freedom to be human in as many different ways as there are people.
It’s too easy to label the human – to essentialise, stereotype and pigeonhole – what’s harder is seeking to understand the contexts and conditions that shape and mold the human. “To understand all is to forgive all,” said Voltaire and whilst I’m certainly not as forgiving as him I do hope this blog might be able to offer a little understanding.
As for me, some might align me with the “middle class censorious sententious faux-left entitled groupthink students churned out by academic sausage machines” (Gareth Roberts) others might just call me out for being an elitist snob happy to gorge on the tidbits of privilege. Which one? I’ll let you decide.