I’ll give an example removed from men/women: American black/American white.
I look at this picture now and see proud Americans utilizing their Federal and State guaranteed right to bear arms. I’d feel safer with them than I would for an equally equipped set of white men if they were part of a white militia group.
Yet, if this was, say, 5+ years ago, I’d have thought, “Oh no, Black Panthers and who needs military style weapons” and remember stories I learned in school and documentaries and where I was raised and the biases that go with it, even though I thought I had no biases.
But, I started listening a few years ago. Making online friends. Paying attention to concerns of black Americans I saw online in discourse or news. I knew there were things about black American culture I didn’t ‘get’ and I wanted to get a sense of what I was blind to.
. Now Black Panthers is an extreme example. An similar example would be to say, “I understand 2nd and 3rd wave feminism better from their perspective” to show I understand some of how women think, which is ridiculous, just as this example is.
But it’s actually not ridiculous for if the activist makes sense and you can see how you contribute towards the need for the activism, you can get a sense of a quiet overall issue that is unspoken among many who they are trying to represent / defend.
In the same vein, if I see a noisy white nationalist man, I understand at some level for his noisy outrage represents a quiet despair felt by a larger number.
But I denounce the noisy white nationalist man BECAUSE I understand at a deeper level what he’s so noisy about and know it’s possible to stay away from going to extreme levels. But I also understand the extra emboldened feeling felt by a frustrated white man in America that allows him to actually act out on power (such as mass shootings) whereas this group of men I would feel far safer around.
Wasn’t Eros also the son of Chaos? I forget my Greek mythology, although I think of it as “Greek psychology”.