What is SWM? It stands for Single White Male. In some circles it is a compliment and in others a terribly mean discriminatory remark. Like most of life, how you will view those three words depends on INDIVIDUAL RELEVANCE. The point of this site is individual empowerment so it fits in nicely among other posts.
I recently read what to me was a hilarious blog attempting to explain to clueless and privileged single white males how much easier life is for them than other groups of people. I laughed reading it and laughed at the follow-up post. So I am sharing those two blog posts for your own enjoyment and to get you thinking about what legacy you one day (hopefully very far into the future) want to leave this wonderful world. Your legacy will not just be one shining moment or a handful of successes. It will be every action you take in life. Because like the wings of a butterfly supposedly causing a tornado across the globe, every breath, every thought, every word, and every action we take has a reaction. It’s often called “the circle of life”.
First post: http://whatever.scalzi.com/2012/05/15/straight-white-male-the-lowest-difficulty-setting-there-is/
Follow up post: http://whatever.scalzi.com/2012/05/17/lowest-difficulty-setting-follow-up/
Third Follow up post: http://whatever.scalzi.com/2012/05/23/final-notes-for-lowest-difficulty-setting/
Ultimately your life is up to you. You decide what to learn, share, love, and hate. Compassion for others, acceptance of others, standing up for others, and actively pushing equality for all is something we can all do despite our difficulty setting. For many centuries, a patriarchal predominantly white class of people have ruled the world. This post is not about vengeance or blame. It is a reminder that we have progressed many strides, and yet we have many more to go. If you find this discussion worthy leave a comment or share it with a friend and start your own discussion. Think of actions you can take to create a world all about positive change.
What level do you perceive your difficulty setting?
What can you do to create easier settings for everyone in the world?
BTW: Thank you to my wonderful brother for sharing the original blog post.