Occam’s got it right

You know what? Forget what I wrote before.

A safety pin, while to me is an aesthetically pleasing off-brand of punk rebellion that is today intended to reach out and offer comfort to marginalized people, if the people you want to help tell you it’s not helping don’t make your accessories more important than them.

I think I had good intentions, but as the cliche goes, the road to hell is paved in those.

Occam’s Razor is a scientific principle which states”the more assumptions you have to make, the more unlikely an explanation is.” Basically, of the two options, the less complicated one is better.

And you know what? I’ve seen enough anger out there about these stupid pins, that maybe it’s time for me to take down my “fuck trump” facebook profile, take off the safety pin, and if I need a reminder to stay active in the fight against inequality I can forge one of my own. One that doesn’t offend the very people I’m trying to stand beside.

Another way of putting it may be that much like a good joke, if your social activism needs to be explained – maybe you’re not doing it right.

Still, I’m not sure what to believe. But this sounds good for now. Here’s some further reading for anyone who wants to know where my info is coming from.

http://www.blackgirldangerous.org/2016/11/love-doesnt-trump-hate/

http://www.gq.com/story/safety-pin-lapel-trump-brexit

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/dear-white-people-your-safety-pins-are-embarassing_us_58278b9de4b02b1f5257a36a

http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/opinion/why-you-should-think-twice-before-wearing-a-safety-pin-today-4726

https://www.buzzfeed.com/juliareinstein/safety-pins-after-election?utm_term=.rd2zordO4#.og5VoKayx

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/14/fashion/safety-pin-ally-activism.html?_r=0

http://www.theestablishment.co/2016/11/13/questioning-safety-pin-solidarity-revealed-why-i-cant-trust-white-people/

 

 

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