Writing texts with the foreseeable objective of analyzing a cultural phenomenon in a given context requires, first and foremost, the crossing of two passageways: a bookish one, paved with anthropology, psychology, sociology, statistics and linguistics, and an empirical one, built out of reality’s bricks. The two paths should normally conjoin and ultimately lead to the land of ‘explanations’.
However, given the fact that their general ‘understanding’ or their deriving conclusions can be easily corrupted by ignorance either through strong, individual biases or by uncanny, collective bigotries, written thoughts can end up imparting and inducing fiery perception-shaping emotions to the reader(s). It is a well known fact that the nascency of a socially disquieting idea is conditioned primarily by the setting of the cultural environment from which it sprouts. For my part, I have always refrained from throwing ‘darts of wisdom’ in written form when the situation was seemingly delicate. In order to make such an attempt, the first prerequisite would certainly require to be well-acquainted with the subject at hand. Simply put, mounting ‘written sieges’ against sensitive areas of thought in times of unrest while possessing no expertise whatsoever is clearly ill-advised, since this kind of acts could easily ripen into more intricated matters that (could) contain and convey too many quizzical undertones.
Sadly, however, I have become aware of the fact that many people garnered the reputation of being experts at ‘Everythingology’. Perhaps unbeknownst to them, this arrogance-laden type of thinking does not confer an openness of the mind but leads, in the long run, to utmost ignorance. In my opinion, true open-mindedness is defined by the process of transforming the questions of our inner world into ‘quests’ through the real world, both geographically and educationally speaking. In other words, we should never let a single day wane without learning something useful, as well as remembering that even though our existence is too brief to know everything, it lasts more than enough to allow us to learn anything.
Therefore, be careful of what you read. And even more careful of what you write. Because words are skilled mental kidnappers.