The infuriating thing is that I think there might be. We could write articles acknowledging that certain conversations can exacerbate crippling guilt and self-loathing, particularly for people with anxiety, depression, or other mental illnesses that make them fixate on their own perceived worthlessness. We could really, truly, not-just-lip-service integrate concern for those people into our activism. We could acknowledge how common this experience is and have resources to help people. We could stop misidentifying anguish as entitlement, and stop acting like anguish that does have entitlement at its root is deserved or desirable or hilarious.
NOTES TO CHAPTER 2 20. [Vicomte François René de Chateaubriand (1768-1848), a forerunner of the romantic movement in French literature, and a royalist of the Bourbon stamp in politics. He served the restored Bourbon monarchy, after Napoleon's fall, as ambassador to England and Germany and as Minister of Foreign Affairs. His most famous works were The Genius of Christianity and Memoirs from beyond the Tomb. —Translator.] End of Notes Start PREVIOUS 6 of 18 NEXT End
While it was fun doing this little experiment I concluded that while it isn’t against the law to eat with utensils a fast food meal, it causes a lot of attention when being done. It is a simple social norm which we went against and people were acting like if it was the strangest thing in the world. All the attention this caused made me feel very awkward and shy because I felt I was doing something wrong. At a point I also compared myself to a clown because people were laughing at me. It has become so normal for someone to eat fast food with the hands that it is considered “silly” to try and use some etiquette table manners.