a while ago, a friend of mine mentioned how they don't get cringe. what a weird notion! but, after trying to understand more deeply what causes me to cringe, i realized that i myself was losing grasp of the notion.
what is cringe? a visceral reaction to a surface level perception of it. cringe, i argue, is a form of prejudice; and gaining in perspective, the ability to understand and empathize with others, erodes at it, the very same way getting to know people for what they are rather than a revulsion based on the surface appearance of people is what overcoming racism consists of.
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