Every new worldview or microbe is so fanatical that it’s absurd. Yet, over time, many get more mellow to survive, really.
Wokedom writes people off after one terrible mistake. This did not develop in a vacuum.
It used to go like this. If you did anything wrong after outgrowing your crib, you can’t run for office in the US (except Trump).
And today, one wrong word can get you fired. Or in court.
Granted, words can hurt terribly. And they can incite or keep endangered people scared and live in fear. Wicked words must have consequences.
But not so much as to erase perpetrators’ value, all their work, and future.
There is such a thing as repentance. And redemption. And mercy.
What a waste to throw out the baddy with the bathwater.
After paying their dues to society or cooling off, they could be most useful.
If it was very bad, they can work the rest of their lives for prevention.
If they did drunk driving and killed people, they can lecture at high schools that alcohol impairs judgment and can end your life, the lives of others, and those of surviving family members. Let’s keep alcohol fun.
If they bullied someone to commit suicide, same tour to stop it.
But, giving people a second chance also should not go overboard either.
Systemic con artists, serial, mass, and spouse murderers, child molesters, and the like, society needs to think 10 times before going mild on them. It’s too hard for them to repent and too easy for them to pretend. And there is no therapy for such people, barring exceptional cases.
But also, such people don’t need to be thrown onto the garbage heap of history. Or locked up for life, or executed, as some states do.
After pondering where they went wrong, possibly from jail, they can teach everyone to be less naïve, and address other bad boys to stop right now.
Bonus comment: recommended: Woke Racism, How a New Religion Has Betrayed Black America by John McWhorter, now on sale.