On the privileged way I understood things growing up

One thing about our society is that it invites people born into it (viz. a younger me) to make the assumption that what is best known is also just the best–period.

So, because, e.g., I never heard about any of the stuff I'm reading now about power and privilege, I assumed that it was not really an important issue. I assumed that people functioned as a Goodness Aggregator in terms of popularity, and that an outrage is an outrage no matter who hears about it, and so by this logic, the most outrageous things would quickly reach global attention, get solved, and then be done.

This logic also has the effect of making any remaining problems in the world seem intractable. After all, if the whole world knows about them and nobody has any solutions, it must just be intractable. After all, people are all good and nations are all helpful, so of course we would help one another solve each other's problems.

This is really preliminary, but you see how I thought. This is just another effect of privilege, of course, but I thought I'd relate my own experience of privilege, because I'm sure I'm not the only one who thought these dumb things. I hope to explore this idea a little better at some point, but I wanted to get it down while I felt I had the words for it.

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