Rachel Dolezal isn’t suffering from an identity scandal, she suffers from a mental illness.
But in this you-can-be-who-or-whatever-you-want-to-be culture, that of course cannot be said.
I’m not sure when we will, as a society, wake up and realize we do these people no favors by enabling their identity fantasies. We just perpetuate the problem instead of actually trying to address what it is: A woman who needs counselling, therapy and healthy dose of “you ain’t right in head, kid“.
I know this is considered intolerant, unaccepting, and probably both misogynistic and racist given the subject matter. All of this gets lost in the “complexities” of our modern society. But some things simply are not complex. They are artificially made complex in order to hide the simplicity of the situation. The ‘complexities’ are manufactured in order to obfuscate the reality that there is no ‘debate’ or ‘differing perspectives’ or ‘alternative views’.
Maybe Rachel would not be suffering if she were provided the mental health services she requires instead of the left-wing coddling “yes you can be a potted plant if you want to be, honey” approach.
There are two options:
- You are what you are, regardless of how you ‘identify’
- You can be whatever you want to be, and that is just as real or valid at #1.
“I am, in fact, a 1973 Pontiac LeMans. I drink motor oil and speak in a unique dialect called “Vroom-Vroom! I believe my organs are interchangeable and intent to replace my lungs with a Fram air filter. I don’t have to pay taxes other than my personal title and registration fee. In the winter, I put myself into storage because I am rear wheel drive.”
Would we ’embrace’ this person’s self-identity? Would we consider it valid? If so, are we helping or hurting this person? Would we consider this person mentally stable?
Here’s the truth: There is no difference between Rachel Dolezal and the person who thinks they are a 1973 Pontiac. None. Zero. This goes for the Bruce Jenner-types of the world, too. Just because you want to be something else does not make it so. Just because you long to be something else does not mean you are. And if you truly BELIEVE you are something else, then you are ill and need help.
Think back 20, 30, 40 years ago. People thought they were Napoleon, the President of the United States, or Ethel Merman. We did not indulge and perpetuate their fantasy — we gave them treatment. So who is being more cruel, those who refuse to acquiesce to the PC culture and let these people continue to spiral into their delusional behavior, or those who refuse to provide the necessary care, treatment and assistance required that may allow them to break free from it?