There are a lot of “ists” and “isms.” Christian, Buddhist, Republican, Democrat, Feminist, Creationist, etc. you get the point. People love to label themselves and fly a flag to proudly show off the beliefs that define them. Then they get fiercely defensive of those beliefs and buttheads with the other people who believe in different “ists” and “isms.” And this vicious cycle goes round and round.
Over the past few years, I’ve stopped prescribing to such labels as much as possible. I think I just don’t care enough anymore. I don’t want to fight and I realized that I have no real interest in pledging myself to any cause since causes and ideals seem to change all the time.
I don’t even like calling myself a fan of things anymore. So many interests of mine have evolved and I’ve lost passion for them and that holds me up from proudly waving my flag of fandoms. Plus, they turn as toxic as anything else in this world with not meeting expectations and inner fandom fighting. Take a look at Star Wars for instance or even Star Trek. There is so much inner bickering and ya know, I just don’t care. Obviously these franchises have influenced me over the years, but in the grand scheme of things, none of it matters. No one cares if Disney disappointed me with Star Wars and on one cares that I prefer Star Trek Discovery over The Original Series. Those are just my opinions, just like most everything in life.
Being a republican or democrat is just an opinion. It’s your opinion of how you think things should go. Being a Christian or a Hindu is another opinion. It’s your opinion of what set of beliefs and values you wish to side with. We put so much more stock in it, but what it really boils down to is its just an opinion. And opinions are like assholes… which we all know.
This world can be so exhausting at times. The expectations and social norms make it frustrating and tiresome. I, too, am tired. And I just don’t want to be labeled anything anymore.