Therian Elitism – Against Non-Therians by RedFeather FalconHawk

I should not even have to write this article.  In fact, it surprises me that I have to write this article, simply because I thought it was commonplace knowledge in therian communities that you don’t go off spouting nonsense, because to do so is against the rules and is, well, nonsense.

I have previously written an article on therian elitism, which related to how therians sometimes act like they’re superior to other therians.  This article also deals with a form of elitism, that of therians towards non-therians.  There’s a therian community that I’m a part of upon writing this article, where a lot of this kind of thing has gone down lately.  I’m not sure if it’s just a bunch of angsty kids, or fakers, or what.  Whatever they are, the stuff I’ve been seeing there as of recently is ridiculous.  “are we superior to humans because we have an animal spirit???” is an actual question that was posted there.  The first few answers were from people who said things along the lines of “Yes,” or “I hate it but sometimes I feel that way.”  Another was from someone complaining about a group they were in about paganism, where the people there picked on them for believing they were therian.  They finished up their comment with “… which just proves my point about humans.”

Excuse me for a moment.

Seriously?

SERIOUSLY?!?  Are you for real?

*forces mouth closed again and again attempts to grasp this*

You people really think you’re superior?  To humans?  Let me get this straight.  You’re superior to yourself?  Please tell me, how does this work?  Oh… what’s that you say – you’re superior to non-therians?

First off, you’re human.  I’ve never been a big fan of shoving the fact that you’re human into a therian’s face in general, but in this case, I think it’s warranted.  Are you that narcissistic, that lost in your own little world that you think you are superior to anyone else who isn’t therian, like you?  You are a human.  You might feel that you have the spirit of an animal within, or that somehow, in your psyche, you’re an animal.  That’s great and awesome.  That is a part of what makes you, you – a part of what makes you unique.  But unique does NOT equal superior, because everyone’s unique.  Everyone – therian as well as non-therian – has the potential to be a good person, or a bad person.  There are therians of both of those breeds, the good as well as the bad.  And likewise, there are non-therians who are good, as well as those who aren’t.  People are different, so different that it’s foolish to try and generalize all of the people in a specific group.  Not all therians are sweetness and light – and not all non-therians are the spawn of Satan, either.

I can totally understand the feeling of being different, of not feeling accepted.  That’s been the story of my whole life.  It hurts every single time I am overlooked by a potential friend.  I understand not feeling that other people “get” you.  I completely understand the fear of telling people what you are, because you feel like they’ll think you’re crazy.  I go through all of these things – and more – just like many therians do.  But how does this make all non-therians bad people?

Yes, it’s true that the human race has messed up the planet, big time.  I’m not excusing that, ever.  But that STILL doesn’t mean that all non-therians are bad, or that there aren’t those out there who DO care.  Because some people are animal abusers, doesn’t mean that all humans are – some people LOVE animals, and would do anything for their wellbeing.  It’s just as ridiculous (but far more harmful) as saying that all therians like pink to extreme levels, or that none of us brush our teeth.

There’s another thing that bugs me, that I’ve seen in a few occasions lately – the term “mundane.”  I want to think that it came from the furry community – at least, the first time I heard the term, it was from a furry.  I’m also guessing that somewhere along the line it crossed over into the therian community somewhat – because it’s not uncommon for people to use that term.  Here’s why I hate it:

(Found at Dictionary.com)

mun·dane

   [muhn-deyn, muhn-deyn]  Show IPA

adjective

1. of or pertaining to this world or earth as contrasted withheaven; worldly; earthly: mundane affairs.

2. common; ordinary; banal; unimaginative.

3. of or pertaining to the world, universe, or earth.

This, when used to describe non-therians, seems very elitist and negative, to me.  If you go with the first definition, then it implies that therians are being compared to heaven, while non-therian humans are below us.  If you go with the second definition, then it’s stating that non-therians are boring and unimaginative. The third definition implies that therians aren’t of the world, universe, or earth.  So if you’re using the term “mundane” to refer to non-therians, then it’s really quite elitist and insulting.

It makes me sad that there’s apparently so much hate in the therian community – that’s not how it should be.  It’s also kind of sad that some of the people being so elitist complain that “humans” all think that they are insane, because going around saying negative garbage and making generalizations about a huge group of people sure doesn’t do them any favors.  Pointing fingers at people and generalizing about them only serves to make you look like you’re crazy or at least, like an angsty teenager.  It does not, in any way, state “Here is a rational, thinking person” to non-therians.

I am firmly against hatred without there being a good cause.  If you judge people just because they’re not therian, then you’re every bit as bad as the people who judge you because you are therian.  This does not make you better than them.  It makes you a hypocrite.  And, if you’re so intent on who you’re better than in the first place, perhaps you need to do a little soul-searching – because you’re far away from reality, and are really very insecure.  Your life should not be based off of who you’re better than – that makes for a very sad life.  Do what you want to in life – try to be a good person – but don’t make it a point to be better than everyone.  We certainly don’t need anymore hate.