When you're privileged, hard-working, lucky, but not stupid or blind, assume good faith as part of your humility.

When you're not, when the ducks aren't all lined up for you, well, do you.

You're allowed to be suspicious. You'd be stupid to not be.
Do your best. Be kinder than you know how to be.

And remember, anger and kindness aren't opposites.

Say what you need to say. The world can, I can, we can, take the hit.

My only advice: sit with it as long as you can.
I hang with lots of people who say the most outrageous and awful things about old white cishet (-ish) men like me.

Sure, I get pissy about it from time to time. Everybody gets pissy sometimes.
But I don't follow people who aren't playing for keeps, and when one plays for keeps, one says the thing and trusts one's people to be able to roll with it.
I can, broadly but not universally, roll with it. Those times I can't, I try to withdraw and get the strength and solace I lack.

I came to hear.

I'm down with assuming your good faith, by and large, and I don't need you to assume good faith with me.

I need to have good faith.

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