You know when a fast angry song comes on that you know every word to and you’re in just the right mood that your eyes light up with the fire and angst of a thousand punk rockers and you just feel so alive
I feel like this is both an example of a reaction and of a song.
How can a concept like social justice harm society? Social justice varies; it is an ideal. It is the aspiration to have everyone receive the same opportunities, but not everyone necessarily wants the opportunities one feels they deserve. The implementation of social justice can veer off course when individuals do not consider the full ramifications of their actions. These individuals are thus acting ultimately selfishly and rashly. A selfish action is not in the true best interests of society. This impetuosity is most often caused by a lack of experience and education. The effects of this lack of prudence can range from inconsequential to far-reaching. The dichotomy between helpful and harmful social justice is evidenced by a variety of literary characters, most notably Hermione Granger from Harry Potter and Daenerys Targaryen from A Song of Ice and Fire, who are clear examples that social justice is beneficial to society, though potentially inimical when misguided.
In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Hermione Granger becomes an advocate for house elf rights. She has good intentions, but she does not take the opinions of the house elves into account. Hermione wants equality for all, but her definition of equality is different from that of the house elves. Similarly, many Americans and non-Muslims consider Muslim women to be oppressed rather than of strong religious conviction. Rather than asking Muslim women if they like wearing their niqabs, non-Muslims crusade to allow them to wear ‘normal’ American clothing. This erasure of the wishes of the ‘oppressed’ by so-called saviors is paralleled by Hermione’s efforts to free the house elves. Despite the house elves telling her that they are happy with their lives, Hermione attempts to trick them into being freed. These attempts are considered insulting by the house elves, yet Hermione continues to try. If Hermione educated herself by talking to the house elves and learning more about their culture, she would be able to campaign for the rights that they wanted. Instead, Hermione considers her own opinions greater and more valid than the opinions of the house elves.
Similarly uneducated, but with far more catastrophic consequences, Daenerys Targaryen, in the series A Song of Ice and Fire, conquers Slaver’s Bay, a collection of cities known as such for their slave trade. Daenerys finds slavery abhorrent, and outlaws it, freeing all of the slaves. She has the power to do so due to her three dragons, but the dragons afford her might, not finesse or knowledge of the economy. She clearly wants the slaves to have better lives, but she does not take into account how vital the slave trade is to the economy in this area. The crash of the slave trade leads to widespread riots, murders, starvation, and utter chaos. The mayhem caused by her abolishment of slavery is arguably more damaging than the slavery itself. Undoubtedly, a more patient change of policy would cause less bloodshed. Despite her good intentions, the people of Slaver’s Bay largely disagree with her methods. Daenerys is thus erasing the autonomy of these slaves, much as Hermione does, by acting unquestionably selfish and ignoring their wishes. Now, obviously the slaves and house elves should be free, but this isn’t the right way to go about achieving that goal. Both Daenerys and Hermione demonstrate that inexperience and lack of education are toxic to the efforts of social justice.
Ultimately, Hermione does learn from her mistakes, and she ceases her efforts to ‘free’ the house elves. She eventually becomes an advocate for non-human rights, though it is not known if she learns from her experience. Daenerys, on the other hand, does not have the time to become an adult and gain greater life experience. She has an entire economy and society to reforge. Well, if she can, before the cities self-destruct. Some social justice issues are simply too immense for one person, even one with dragons. While the average person could not wreak the havoc that Daenerys does, ineffectual social justice can do more harm than good. We must educate ourselves on social matters that we want to involve ourselves in. Practicing conscious respect for other people and their wishes can improve our likelihood of our social justice efforts not being misplaced. Indeed, we can all learn from the mistakes of Hermione Granger and Daenerys Targaryen, who are two clear allegories on the potential downsides of social justice.
Sorry but i don’t even know where to begin with this…
A collection of known Reach houses (requested by tyrion-lanister-the-half-man)
Daenerys Targaryen meme + (3/6) traits or emotions ► maternal
Dany felt a lightness in her chest. I will never bear a living child, she remembered. Her hand trembled as she raised it. Perhaps she smiled. She must have, because the man grinned and shouted again, and others took up the cry. “Mhysa!” they called. “Mhysa! MHYSA!” They were all smiling at her, reaching for her, kneeling before her. Maela, some called her, while others cried Aelalla or Qathei or Tato, but whatever the tongue it all meant the same thing. Mother. They are calling me Mother.
The winters are hard, but the Starks will endure. We always have
Do you ever have that moment when a kid is looking at you and you realize that they’re looking at you as a grown up? Then its like no child im a children too, dont. Im sorry my outward appearance confuses you.
Today’s Gender of the day is: Tough Warrior Dogs Surrounding And Protecting The Young Frog Queen