"Empathy is not particularly elusive. It only requires an earnest quest to understand and act on that understanding. The problems women face in this world require the engagement of all the world’s people.“It’s very important for everyone to be a feminist.” "
So when somebody has the ability to craft elaborate justification for any belief, or is bombarded by these justifications throughout their development, it is no wonder their reaction is not to question them, but defend them. For most, they are taken in as the legacy of the adults, the traditional path to walk. This path is one of relative ease and comfort, if the emptiness and homogeneity can be dealt with.
"Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run, There's still time to change the road you're on."The sad and hard reality is that it will take years and years and years for the top tier of our society to unpack their privilege and understand the extent of the corruption of their own moral compasses. In the long run, we can move towards a better tradition of thought and we can move towards awareness and action. For these two things are necessary for straight-cis-white-males to realize the harm being done at their feet, but it is not an easy path. It is not anything simple. It requires a complete re-evaluation of every memory, of every moment, of every interaction, of every grade, of every job interview, of every aspect of what makes a person a person. There will be pain. There will be grief, and regret, and embarrassment, and anger, and relief, and hope, and help. But there is nothing simple about being a male feminist, about being a Caucasian civil rights supporter, about being an LGBQT ally. It takes miles being walked in the shoes of another. It requires years of talking with and reading work from a community that you will never truly be a part of. It takes perseverance. It takes strong motivations. And most of all, it requires that we prepare those starting down this path for the journey ahead, not that we smooth over the troubles to make it easier for a group of people who have made every aspect of modern life as easy as possible for themselves already.