Before the emergence of modern science in the 16th and 17th Centuries, all across the world — in ancient Egypt, pagan Greece and Rome, Taoist and Confucian China, Hebrew Judea, Islamic Persia, Hindu India, and of course Christian Europe — truth, knowledge and wisdom were universally understood to be rooted in the past. Truth was a product of Tradition. The culturally-sanctioned pursuit of spiritual truth by individuals was a process of immersion in, study of, and psychological/spiritual conformity with traditional sacred texts like the Book of the Dead, the Torah, the Bible, the Koran, the Tao Te Ching, the Analects of Confucius, or the Vedas or Bhagavad Gita, and the traditional bodies of teaching centered in those texts.
“Because Christians admit that ignorant people are worthy of their God, Christians show that they want to convert only foolish, dishonorable, stupid people, and only slaves, women, and little children.” -Celsus, Greek Philosopher
It may not be intentional, but if you KNOW this is how the system and society treat us, and you don’t use your privilege to fight it, what do you think you’re doing? If you’re willing to count something as a win that benefits you but screws me over, what do you think you’re doing? Not only are you participating in and benefitting from oppression, you are helping promote it. And if you throw the onus on the person being exploited, telling them to be patient and humble, you’re gaslighting and harming that person. And now, you are the problem.