Thoughts about privilege...
privilege is concealed from those who have it.
having privilege does not mean you are immune to suffering.
privilege can occur in some arenas of one's life and not in others, and it can change depending on situation or context (in some cases ex: class privilege, but not in others so much, like white privilege).
privilege is not a 'bad' thing to have....
it's how you use it and are aware of the discrepancies it causes.
being aware of your inherent privileges does not mean you have to feel guilty about them, unless you're being a sack of shit about it.
guilt is almost never a useful emotional state to rest in.
instead, feel gratitude for the luck in your life that has elevated you from some forms of suffering.
understand how and why it sets you apart, and how those who lack this privilege have to work harder to get to where you are.
it is not a denial of the work you have done.
it is an invitation to consider how you can use your privilege to help those with less.
it means understanding others' frustration and anger at their situation.
it means understanding how you benefit from inherently corrupt and unequal systems built into societies, whether you want to or not.
it does not mean you are corrupt, just that you benefit from this corruption.
question whether this is something that you're okay with.
consider what it would mean to level the playing field.
achieving this means losing some of your privilege to stand among, instead of above, your fellows.
consider that if you resist the actions being taken to bring about equality, you become part of the problem.
but you don't have to be.
life is hard, and we are all suffering in some way.
some are suffering in systemic ways they have little to no control over & to ease this suffering requires dismantling the status quo.