Unfortunately, things are made by people. People have the tendency to live for quite some time and go through several iterations of being while existing. This, combined with the fact that nearly all 8 billion of us are now permanently connected through a series of tubes, results in everything having the potential of being tainted forever.
Everything requires a disclaimer now.
So, you enjoyed watching Seinfeld? Did you know that one of the actors had a weird racist breakdown live on stage? Oh, you’re looking forward to what seems to be the best Harry Potter game ever? Please keep in mind that the original author of the books is transphobic! You’re enjoying the wrong thing! Please be entertained by products made by, with and based on less flawed people!
These things are wrong and absolutely worth criticising. No doubt.
However, I wonder if the dynamic of always watching out for the next bad thing, being on edge because everything has the possibility of being tainted, never being able to enjoy something for what it is, because it has to be dissected on a socioecological level, does something to us.
There must be a cost to always having to watch your back in case you’re enjoying something a little too much that others feel should not be enjoyed anymore. I don’t think that’s helpful for anyones mental health.
Not criticising wrong behaviour is obviously not the solution. Attacking ourselves and everyone else all the time, because things are made by people and people are inherently flawed, doesn’t seem like the way to a content life either.
I don’t know.
I don’t know what “socioecological” means but it sounds smart.
Michael Schur write a great philosophical book that covers this. It’s called “How to Be Perfect: The Correct Answer to Every Moral Question” and the specific chapter is chapter 10: ”This Sandwich Is Morally Problematic. But It’s Also Delicious. Can I Still Eat It?”
In it he discusses how basically everything we love is terrible and flawed and always has been, but that there is something called the Overton window, which covers what’s currently socially acceptable and which shifts over time.
There’s no real solution to the problem (because it’s philosophy), but it’s still a great read. It is actually the first book I have read to completion in years.