This piece was created as a response to the ever-growing extremism that has taken hold on many social media platforms, in politics and, to an extent, in society as a whole.
For most, your political leanings and the thoughts and opinions of others regarding them don’t really affect the day to day running of your life. However, in the world of social media, you will find that an opinion, a political musing or a simple observation could either make you a saint or a criminal.
In western social media, it would seem there are no grey areas. You are either right or you are wrong. To many online extremists, the belief that all people are equal, no matter what they look like, how much money they have or where they come from, is cause for outrage. This will be expressed (if you’re lucky) through use of certain pleasant names like ‘snowflake’, ‘social justice warrior’ or, my favourite, ‘bleeding heart liberal’.
After experiencing this, I said to myself, “if believing everyone has the right to be treated equally makes me a bleeding heart liberal, then fine. Here it is proudly bleeding for all to see.”
This piece shows the fearsome passion, determination and pride that can and should be taken in being a ‘bleeding heart liberal’.