Young adults everywhere are facing a great crisis. A deception, if you will. It's a war on identity and its effects are staggeringly devastating.
I turn forty this year and never in my life have I seen such a war against youth and their identity. This is the sole reason I wrote The Coalition.
You must be saying by now, “ok, get to the point. What is the war on identity?”
If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything
Think about the word identity for a moment. What does it mean?
- a person's personality
- gender identification
- sexual identification
- political and socialogical identification (what group does a person identify with?)
These are all ways a person forms and expresses their individualism.
The war is on
The war on personal identity is a war against individual personality, gender and sexual identification as well as political and socialogical identification (these all intersect; one affects the other).
Everyone wants to be accepted, but everyone also wants to be recognized as an individual with viewpoints and opinions that matter. It used to be that if you got in someone's face with your opinion you'd be labeled as a bigot or a close-minded individual. Now, you need only to merely disagree with the popular opinion to be labeled. We are in danger of losing our individuality because we are becoming increasingly afraid to disagree, to be 'politically incorrect.'
What makes you who you are?
If you're confused about any (or all) aspects of your identity then you are having an identity crisis. You've not only been affected by the war on identity, but you've been drafted into it.
Our society is coming to the place that few dystopian novels have only hinted at: a world where there is no gender.
I'm not being an extremist. *Newsweek magazine asked almost four years ago, in its August 16, 2010, issue, “Are we facing a genderless future?” and further stated that “a small but growing number of people are rejecting being labeled male or female.”
Even more shockingly, standard policy in Los Angeles schools states,
‘Gender identity’ refers to one’s understanding, interests, outlook and feelings about whether one is female or male, or both, or neither, regardless of one’s biological sex.
Teens are refusing to “stereotype” people. They claim we live in a generation where 'dudes are chicks and chicks are dudes.'
The truth is, **whoever captures the kids will lead the future. Books by the thousands are being written and placed in elementary schools as indoctrination. Yes, that's what I said. These books are quietly conditioning the future generation to think differently.
Maybe we do need to get rid of gender identification. If we succeed in erasing the gender line (severing the differences between male and female) we will obliterate our other sociological disagreements such as gay rights, same-sex marriages, and transgender concerns. This seems like a good idea.
Utopian or dystopian?
If gender is erased then everybody can finally live in a utopian world where everyone is the same and no one complains.
But wait, this is beginning to sound a lot like the world of The Hunger Games, Divergent and The Coalition. A society where, little by little, discriminating lines are erased until they no longer exist and new lines (rules) are formed. And no one seems to notice. (Or if they do, they won't dare say so).
Except for that one individual who refuses to go with the status quo… who dares to start a revolution…. who has the courage to think for themselves.
That one individual can change the world.
This isn't just the stuff of fiction.
* Quote from: Michael Brown Ph.D.
** Quote from: The Advocate in 1995, lesbian journalist Patricia Nell Warren