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“Woke,” “Red Pill,” “Born Again”

by Greg Krehbiel on 11 August 2017

I’m an intentionally and obstinately un hip person. I avoid using new words and phrases. I don’t think I’ve ever said, “my bad,” for example. (And that’s not even new.)

I don’t know why, but such things mildly annoy me. It’s too lemming-like. (And yes, I know lemmings don’t do that.)

So “woke” would have passed me by completely (despite being around for several years now) but for a few friends mentioning it on Twitter. I looked it up and found this: Earning the ‘Woke’ Badge.

It means wanting to be considered correct, and wanting everyone to know just how correct you are.


Earning the “woke” badge is a particularly tantalizing prospect because it implies that you’re down with the historical fight against prejudice.

Can anyone say “self righteous”?

I get it. Everybody wants to feel good about themselves, and they want to feel as if they’ve made some breakthrough and are now with the program. Among men’s rights folk that’s “taking the red pill.” Both of them — “woke” and “taking the red pill” — seem somewhat, but not quite — okay, maybe only a little — like being born again.

You’re a new person. You’re not that old guy who did and believed X. Now you’re a new creation who does and believes Y.

Good for you.

2017-08-11  »  Greg Krehbiel